How Much Money Do I Need to Buy the Internet?

It’s time for someone to step up and buy the internet. All the 1% needs to do is find $ 1.0198941 × 1047 and then we can move to the next level of internet.

Where did that monstrous number come from?

First, let’s look at the average length of a url. It comes to 34 characters. Urls can be larger or smaller, but for our estimate, let’s keep a url at 34 characters.

There are 26 letters in the alphabet, 10 numbers, and a frequent use of other characters like “#” and “.” in websites.

Let’s assume we buy websites in bulk, allowing us to purchase domain names at a cost of $5/year.

(39 !) * ( 5.00 U.S. dollars) = 1.0198941 × 1047 U.S. dollars

This is just one estimate of how much the internet costs. True lovers of real estate will want multiply this number by the various top-level domains (gTLDs) available – like .com, .de, and .gov – and the true number of characters allowed for a domain name. Of course, this number could then go on to be subtracted from the number of domain names already purchased. Regardless of the formula, the result is the same: buying up the internet’s going to cost more money than any one person has available. Looks like we’re going to be stuck with our current internet situation for a while.

Many thanks to mathemagician Nicholas Cueva for assistance with devising the formula.

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3 Responses to “How Much Money Do I Need to Buy the Internet?”
  1. Great thought experiment, although it’s been so long since I took a math class I’m having trouble understanding where the 39 factorial comes in.

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