Social Media 2013

Social Media Video 2013: Social Media Revolution 4 was written by international best selling author and keynote speaker Erik Qualman.

First 10 statistics used in the video:

  1. Over 1 billion users on Facebook
  2. If Facebook were a country it would be the world’s 3rd largest and 2x the size of the U.S. population
  3. Over 50% of the world’s population is under 30-years-old
  4. Each day 20% of Google searches have never been searched before
  5. In 10 years over 40% of the Fortune 500 will no longer be here
  6. Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web
  7. 1 in 5 couples meet online; 3 in 5 gay couples meet online
  8. 1 in 5 divorces are blamed on Facebook
  9. What happens in Vegas stays on YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook…
  10. Ford Explorer launch on Facebook more effective than a Super Bowl Ad

Did you know? (Version 4.0)

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

Mashable and Silicon Valley Insider on the same topic.


“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.

Via Beta Alfa and Mashable. Full statistics from the video available over at

What the F**K is Social Media: One Year Later

Excessive profanity perhaps, but still an excellent deck by Marta Kagan.

Implement Twitter Connect with Twit Connect

Implement Twitter Connect, check. This is somewhat old news as Twitter Connect or “Sign in with Twitter” has been out for quite some time via the Twitter API. For some reason it has been slightly quiet about it, not your regular boom-blast and video tutorials that we saw with the Facebook Connect release. It’s understandable though, as Facebook handles a significant higher portion of (personal) data.

I tried the Twit Connect plugin for WordPress to do my implementation. I believe it’s the first of its kind, at least for WordPress, created by Shannon Whitley. He has also written a short tutorial on how you go about implementing Twit Connect on your WordPress site. Sebastien Couture wrote another one on the same topic.

Getting it to work properly is really easy and straight forward. All you need to do is register an application with Twitter to obtain your consumer key and consumer secret. You’ll need this for the plugin settings later. Once you’ve entered all necessary information on the settings page for Twit Connect, you’re good to go. How’s that for out-of-the-box? Oh, if you get a “Can’t open secret file” when you try to save your settings it’s because of the file permissions of the files in your twitconnect folder.

The only negative feedback I have is that it seems to be ‘early beta’ for Twit Connect. It works as intended, sure – but it’s quite messy if you want to modify it in any way. I’m no whizkid when it comes to CSS, and as it’s all integrated in the twitconnect.php – it makes it a bit of a hassle. I’d prefer a separate CSS for the next release! I also wonder if it would be possible to have a Twitter user’s comment tweeted out on Twitter? Similar to wall posting via FB-connect. That’d be neat too.

Anyway, you’ll notice the ‘Sign in with Twitter’-button right below the FB-connect dito in posts now. You can use both to sign in and make comments without entering your details. Try it out!