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Small Internet Companies with Millions of Users

The evolution of Internet is a major breakthrough in the technological development. It has given small enterprises a chance to reach the large number of people all over the world. It is through Internet that small companies and organizations with limited number of employees become able to provide their services to large user base.

Following is given a list of such few organizations and enterprises where the numbers of employees are in hundreds but their user base is in millions.

Automattic LogoAutomattic

  • Number of Employees: 72
  • Number of Users: Over than 32 million WordPress blogs.

Automattic is a company that is behind the hosted blogging service WordPress.com and open source blogging software WordPress (WordPress.org). The blogs are divided 50-50 between the open source blogging software and the hosted blogging service. WordPress.com Host over 16 million blogs and rest 16.7 million are self-hosted by WordPress.org.

Mozilla LogoMozilla

  • Number of Employees: 250
  • Number of Users: The number of users is quite large including 400 million users of the new Firefox version 3.6.

Firefox is a project of Mozilla. Firefox is an open source project which is benefited from the other communities as about 40 percent of the work done on Firefox is by volunteers. Mozilla is just not involved in the Firefox project, the email client Thunderbird is another project of Mozilla. However, Firefox by this time has the large user base with about 30 percent of the total web browsing market.

tumblrTumblr

  • Number of Employees: 18
  • Number of Users: About 12 million Tumblr blogs.

It was in 2010 when Tumblr come out as a major blogging service. Presently, it is hosting over 12 million blogs. Because of the rapidly growing user base, this blogging service has had some hard time controlling the traffic on their servers. They are expanding their setup to facilitate more traffic.

twitterTwitter

  • Number of Employees: 300
  • Number of Users: Around 175 million

During the past few years, Twitter has considerably raised its standards to cope with the raising traffic. Comparing the number of employees with the user base will give you a clear idea about the service and its raising popularity.

Opera LogoOpera Software

  • Number of Employees: 757
  • Number of Users: 150 million users. These figures are for all versions of the Opera web browser (desktop, mobile and other devices).

Comparatively, Opera is holding the fifth place in the list of desktop web browsers after the popular IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. However, a large user base belongs to the Opera Mini. Opera Mini is widely used as a mobile phone application all over the world. It is Norwegian based company.


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Canonical LogoCanonical

  • Number of Employees: 350 plus
  • Number of Users: Around 12 million Ubuntu Linux users.

Ubuntu is a project of Canonical. Ubuntu is one of the most renowned Linux distribution on the desktop and also considered as the second best on severs. Ubuntu is also preferred for cloud computing, i.e. virtual servers on Internet.

Wikimedia LogoWikimedia

  • Number of Employees: 57
  • Number of Users: It has over 408 million monthly visitors.

Wikimedia Foundation is a kind of organization that functions Wikipedia and certain other wiki projects. The content published on Wikipedia is written by thousands of people each year including 100,000 volunteers who are involved in writing and editing the content for Wikipedia and other related projects.

Skype LogoSkype

  • Number of Employees: 500
  • Number of Users: Over 560 million and the numbers are increasing with every passing year.

Skype is software that allows you to make voice calls on the Internet including chat and video conferencing as well. It was first introduced in 2003 and since then the number of Skype users has increased by manifold. Well! It is not wrong to say that in terms of users, Skype is as big as Facebook – a social network.

Craigslist LogoCraigslist

  • Number of Employees: 30
  • Number of Users: Over 50 million users recorded every month in the United States.

Craigslist is a known for offering its services for online advertisements. It was established in 1996. It started gaining life in 1995 as a mailing list. It is certainly one of the most prominent web service which as only 30 employees to control over 50 million users. Remember, the numbers mention here are just for United States, because craigslist has it services in several other countries as well.

Conclusion

There are certain other Internet companies which are having millions of users with little number of employees. The companies which we have mentioned above have their employees in hundreds or less. Otherwise, Facebook is the number one contender for this list with millions of users with over 2000 employees.

Managing such a large number of users is by no means possible with non-internet companies. Thank to Internet and the World Wide Web that allow us to manage such a large numbers with limited number of resources. Certainly, the Internet and World Wide Web is a vital weapon for tech-savvy individuals. One can achieve big goals with relatively small number of workers or team through Internet and World Wide Web.

Data Sources: We have collected these numbers from several different sites. Even majority of the Internet companies put this information (number of employees and even users in some cases) on their official websites, which help us getting the most authentic and up-to-date data.

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