Before the site was banned by Wikipedia editors, Worldometer was an anonymous project whose main purpose was to provide daily updates on the spread of diseases. It was created by Russian-born Andrey Alimetov, then a twenty-year-old recent immigrant. Alimetov subsequently started his first IT job in New York and remained anonymous until the project was closed in 2008.
In 2007, Dario launched Worldometers as one of his many businesses. His aim was to provide users with timely, thought-provoking world statistics. He gathered data from numerous sources, including Statistics Canada and other organizations, but ultimately used data from government agencies to keep the project going. The Worldometer site has been around since 2007 but has gone through only minimal change since then. So, what has changed? Here are some highlights:
Worldometer is the only site that shows live statistics. Not only does it provide detailed statistics of the global population, but it also allows you to track the global COVID-19 outbreaks. Worldometer’s data is trusted by organizations such as the UK Government, Johns Hopkins CSSE, the Government of Thailand, the Science Museum of Virginia, the Financial Times, and the New York Times. So, it’s not surprising that Worldometer is cited in official government press briefings and news organizations.
Spain is ranked fifth amongst countries in terms of total number of tests. However, the data that Worldometer uses is flawed. The country only counts the most reliable tests, and therefore ranks Spain sixth. The world population is projected to reach 8 billion in 2023, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the United Nations population division publishes a series called World Population Prospects. This is a reliable estimate, but it still does not tell the whole story.