The Economist recently released another of their famous “Did You Know? videos. Fantastic and very interesting data as always. Some personal favorites:
- Over 1,000,000 books are published each year. A Google book search scanner can digitize 1,000 pages every hour
- There are 240,000,000 TVs in the U.S., 2,000,000 are in bathrooms (?!)
- More video was uploaded to YouTube in the last 2 months than if ABC/NBC/HBO had been airing new content 24/7/365 since 1948
- 95% of all songs downloaded last year weren’t paid for
- Wikipedia launched in 2001. It now feature over 13 million articles in 200 languages
- The average American teen send 2,272 text messages … each month
- 90% of the 200 billion emails sent every day is spam
- The computer in your cell phone today is a million times cheaper, and a thousand times more powerful, and about a hundred thousand times smaller than the one computer in MIT 45 years ago
Spotify Mobile has been out for roughly two weeks now, it’s still in the top ten of the most downloaded free apps in the Swedish app store – currently at number four to be precise. The app has been rated as many times as 1806 at the time of this writing. Quite remarkable.
Spotify Mobile really hit the media (and social sphere) when the story was published. I don’t think there’s a single medium where the story haven’t been posted/dugg/liked/whatever. It spread like a bushfire in a summer breeze throughout Twitter and Digg – they really got everyone excited. Including me.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to build up some “but”-action here; I love Spotify, and I love the app. I have to say though, that what’s really interesting in all of this is to monitor search patterns on both mobile and premium. Premium being Spotify’s (paid) member service which offers no ads, higher sound quality, unlimited travel access, and exclusive access to pre-releases. So why is this interesting? For one, Premium is of course required in order for you to use Spotify Mobile. The second reason is a killer; search volume index for Spotify Premium is actually greater than the volume for Spotify Mobile:
Not only was it greater during the actual release (when the bushfire spread); it spiked higher, it lasted longer, and it has maintained on a higher level. Of course, as the disclaimer indicates “several approximations are used when computing these results”. Still a good indication of what’s happening.
Is Spotify finally making (decent) money?
(Spotify Mobile picture from Press/Images on Spotify.com)
“Personas is a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently on display until Sept 09 at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab (Please contact us if you want to show it next!). It uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one’s aggregated online identity. In short, Personas shows you how the Internet sees you.”
Very interesting, would you agree with your Personas?
“Social Media isn’t a fad, it’s a fundamental shift in the way we communicate.”
Personal top 10 stats from the video (all statistics and sources found at the official site):
- By 2010 Gen Y will outnumber Baby Boomers… 96% of them have joined a social network.
- Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web.
- Years to Reach 50 millions Users: Radio (38 Years), TV (13 Years), Internet (4 Years), iPod (3 Years). Facebook added 100 million users in less than 9 months… iPhone applications hit 1 billion downloads in 9 months.
- If Facebook were a country it would be the world’s 4th largest between the United States and Indonesia.
- % of companies using LinkedIn as a primary tool to find employees… 80%.
- The fastest growing segment on Facebook is 55-65 year-old females.
- Ashton Kutcher and Ellen Degeneres have more Twitter followers than the entire populations of Ireland, Norway and Panama.
- There are over 200,000,000 Blogs. 54% = Number of bloggers who post content or tweet daily.
- 25% of search results for the World’s Top 20 largest brands are links to user-generated content.
- More than 1.5 million pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) are shared on Facebook… daily.