Social network numbers are ridiculous. While MySpace will always be a reminder that the biggest of online sites can ultimately fail, there are plenty of successors who are clearly finding their way.
Facebook, Google+, YouTube and Twitter still lead the pack.
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- Over 22 billion text messages are sent
- Over 294 billion e-mails are sent
- 60 hours of video is added to YouTube every minute (8 years worth every day)
- 3 billion YouTube clips are viewed.
- 400 million people log into Facebook.
- Over 300 million photos are added to Facebook.
- 50 million people log into Twitter.
- 230 million tweets are sent, which equals 2,662 messages tweeted every second.
- 460,000 new Twitter accounts are opened.
- 4.3 million new images are uploaded to Flickr – enough to fill 540,000 pages of a photo album.
If those numbers aren’t staggering enough, consider that average internet traffic is expected to surpass 1.4 zettabytes of annual traffic by the year 2017. That’s the equivalent of producing almost one billion DVDs every day for a year.
Clearly, the seemingly large social networking numbers of today are just a fraction of what’s to come.