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 WordPress.com 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.
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)