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
“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.
I just watched the beautiful “HOME” documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. It has +1M views on YouTube after about a month. I’d warmly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. A bit “propagandic” in an Inconvenient Truth way, but hey – it’s only the truth this time around too. Some key takeaways:
- 20% of the world’s population consumes 80% of its resources
- The world spends 12 times more on military expenditures than on aid to developing countries
- 5,000 people a day die because of dirty drinking water. 1 billion people have no access to safe drinking water
- Nearly 1 billion people are going hungry
- Over 50% of grain traded around the world is used for animal feed or biofuels
- 40% of arable land has suffered long-term damage
- Every year, 13 millions hectares of forest disappear
- One mammal in 4, one bird in 8, one amphibian in 3 are threatened with extinction. Species are dying at a rhythm 1,000 times faster than the natural rate
- Three quarters of fishing grounds are exhausted, depleted or in dangerous decline
- The average temperature of the last 15 years have been the highest ever recorded
- The ice cap is 40% thinner than 40 years ago
- There may be at least 200 million climate refugees by 2050