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According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project in 2011 Email and Searching were the top online activities.
According to Nielsen in 2011 social media represents 22.5% of the time Americans spend online. They spend 9.8% on online gaming, and just 7.6% for email.
On a typical day, 43% of online adults use social networking.
 

Web 1.0
1995
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Web 2.0
2005
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Web 3.0
2014
 

Top activities on tablets:
A 2012 Gartner Group Survey showed the following profile for tablet users:

 81% Checking email
 69% Reading the news
 63% Checking the weather forecast
 62% Social networking (62 percent)
 60% Gaming
 33% used tablets to read books
     compared to 13% of mobile PC users.
 
Information:

Internet Usage June 2012 (thousands)
Region Name Population Internet Users %
North America 348,280 273,785  79%
Oceania (Australia, NZ, ) 35,816 24,280  68%
Europe 816,373 518,512  64%
South America 394,512 189,983  48%
Middle East 223,608 90,001  40%
Caribbean 40,820 13,481  33%
Central America & Mexico 157,664 51,453  33%
Asia 3,922,067 1,076,681  27%
Africa 1,073,381 167,386  16%
World Total 7,017,847 2,433,377  35%
Source: World Internet Users Stats

Web Tools:

Web Stats:

The 2010 Internet in Numbers

Email
 - 107 Trillion - Number of emails sent
 - 294 Billion - Average number of emails per 
day
 - 1.9 Billion - Number of email users worldwide
 - 262 Billion - Number of spam emails per day 
(89%)
Web sites
 - 255 million - number of Web sites (as of 
December 2010)
 - 21.4 Million - number of new Web sites
Domain names (at the end of 2010)
 - 202 Million - Total number of all domain 
names
 - 88.8 Million - .com domain names
 - 13.2 Million - .net domain names
Social media (at the end of 2010)
 - 600 Million - People on Facebook
 - 250 Million - New people joining Facebook in 
2010
 - 30 Billion - Content (links, notes, photos and 
so forth) shared on Facebook each month
 - 20 Million - Number of Facebook apps 
installed each day
 - 25 Billion - Number of tweets sent on Twitter
 - 175 Million - People on Twitter
Videos
 - 2 Billion - Number of YouTube videos watched per 
day
 - 35 - Hours of video uploaded to YouTube every 
minute
 - 2+ Billion - Number of videos watched per              
month on Facebook
 - 20 Million - Videos uploaded to Facebook per 
month
Images
 - 5 Billion - Photos hosted by Flickr
 - 3,000+ - Photos uploaded to Flickr per minute
 - 3+ Billion - Photos uploaded to Facebook per 
month

Source: www.libraryworks.com/LW_Best Practices/BP_Digital-Library-Survival-Guide.pdf
Data from Pingdom.com.   Available at 
royal.pingdom.com/2011/01/12/internet-2010-in-numbers/
See also:
Alphabetical List of Countries - Internet Indicators - ISO 3316 at InternetWorldStats.com
Top 15 Most Popular Websites at eBizMBA.com
top 15 Social Networking, Video, Blogs, Social Bookmarking, Image Hosting, Music, Dating, Websites

Ranking sites:
Alexa
SiteAnalytics @ Compete
Quantcast
Findings: Search and email remain the top online activities | Pew Internet & American Life Project

Other good reference sources:

Links:
Bad Web Design
Cloud Computing
Icon Search Engine | Iconfinder
Web Icons
Service Directory - Service Codes | AddThis
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last updated 19 Feb 2013