Gary Hayes’ Social Media Count

Over the past few years, social media has exploded into the mainstream. It is everywhere. I have followed closely with the exponential growth and latest development of social media these days. I have been amazed by the unbelievable growth of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube discussed in my previous post “Top 10 Social Networking Sites in the US and UK.”  Recently, Gary Hayes created a social media counter – a Flash app showing how active and dynamic the Social Web is.  It is intriguing to view this counter showing the enormous growth rate of social media in real time. Unfortunately, the will not allow the embedding of the flash object so you cannot see the counter running in real time here. So, please click on the following image to see the live counter.

Gary Hayes' Social Media Counter


The followings are some of the key data points that the ‘Gary’s Social Media Count’ is based on.

  • 20 hours of video uploaded every minute onto YouTube (source YouTube blog Aug 09)
  • Facebook 600k new members per day, and photos, videos per month, 700mill & 4 mill respectively (source Inside Facebook Feb 09)
  • Twitter 18 million new users per year & 4 million tweets sent daily (source TechCrunch Apr 09)
  • iPolicy UK – SMS messaging has a bright future (Aug 09)
  • 900 000 blogs posts put up every day (source Technorati State of the Blogosphere 2008)
  • YouTube daily, 96 million videos watched, $1mill bandwidth costs (source Comscore Jul 06 !)
  • UPDATE: YouTube 1Billion watched per day SMH (2009)- counter updated!
  • Second Life 250k virtual goods made daily, text messages 1250 per second (source Linden Lab release Sep 09)
  • Money – $5.5 billion on virtual goods (casual & game worlds) even Facebooks gifts make $70 million annually (source Viximo Aug 09)
  • Flickr has 73 million visitors a month who upload 700 million photos (source Yahoo Mar 09)
  • Mobile social network subscribers – 92.5 million at the end of 2008, by end of 2013 rising to between 641.6-873.1 million or 132 mill annually (source Informa PDF)
  • SMS – Over 2.3 trillion messages will be sent across major markets worldwide in 2008 (source Everysingleoneofus sms statistics)

About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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3 Responses to Gary Hayes’ Social Media Count

  1. MissFor-Ex says:

    Thank you for this valuable info.

  2. jas84 says:

    thanks …nice info ..will upload more vids than u 😀

  3. davidsmora says:

    I’ve never seen anything like Gary Hayes’ Social Media count before! I’m absolutely amazed that Mr. Hayes was able to compile so many statistics about this field. Yet, I’m even more mind-boggled to see how massive the social media world is. I knew social media sites were popular (especially Facebook, Twitter and YouTube), but I had no idea that their footprint was so significant. For example, I was completely surprised to discover how popular virtual gifts and items are. Personally, I never have spent real money on Facebook gifts (although, I have sent the free/promotional gifts), but apparently other users love doing it (about $70 million worth a year). Another interesting fact was the 1 billion YouTube video views that take place every day. YouTube and other video sharing sites (e.g. Hulu, Vimeo) are truly transforming the way we receive video based content.

    I think the breakdown of the key data points Mr. Hayes based his social media count on was helpful. In reviewing these points, I was able to trace the growth of social media sites. For example, YouTube visitors totaled 96 million views per day in 2006 compared to 1 billion views per day in 2009. This growth is absolutely astronomical! As a result, I’m definitely interested to see if any of these statistics have changed since you posted this entry in November 2009.

    The only criticism I have for Mr. Hayes is his failure to include statistics from other equally important social media sites. It would have been interesting if Mr. Hayes had included statistics (if they were available) from the popular sites MySpace, Ning, LinkedIn and Geni. That being said, I’m very impressed by Mr. Hayes’ application. I know I will e-mail several of my former colleagues with his counter.

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