In Lewis Carroll’s fantasy novella Through the Looking-Glass Alice has a most curious conversation with the White Queen (as well as the White King who never seemed to make it into Tim Burton’s 2010 film version) about believing in the impossible:
“I can’t believe that!” said Alice.
“Can’t you?” the queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again, draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.”
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Clearly Alice was not well acquainted with the Internet where every 60 seconds some pretty amazing – although quite possible – things happen around the clock. In this particular instance the 695,000 refers to both the number of searches performed on Google and the number of Facebook status updates. When you consider the massive, global, interconnected, and real-time data flow that exists because of these interactions – it is enough to make the oft quoted “big data” concept seem rather puny.
Enjoy the brilliant infographic below. It is the first in a pair that will be featured here this week to celebrate the closing of what was certainly an incredible – if not impossible – year for the Internet and the world in general.