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Forecast: IPad Will Generate Two Percent of North American Net Traffic by End of 2011

How’s this for a prediction? By the end of 2011, the iPad will generate more than two percent of all North American Web traffic.

That’s according to Chitika, which has been tracking iPad adoption rates on its ad network (three billion ads served monthly across more than 100,000 sites) for some time now.

As of this month, the iPad accounts for 0.83 percent of all traffic on Chitika’s network, research director Daniel Ruby tells me. And at current growth rates, which have been steady since the device’s launch, it should hit 2.3 percent by the end of next year. To get that metric, Ruby took the past two months’ data trends for iPad growth relative to the full network’s traffic and, after accounting for spikes and dips, built out a growth line for the next twelve months. And while Chitika has taken some flak in the past for inaccuracies with its iPad sales counter, Ruby says he’s confident about this particular projection because he’s predicting a metric Chitika can directly measure.

Said Ruby, “For the sake of perspective, the iPad is already on par with Linux in terms of Internet usage market share [in North America] and is on pace to more than double its presence by the end of 2011.”

[Image credit: Gizmodo commenter ModestMouse]

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work