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Came across “Gary’s Social Media Count” today via Ronnestam. If this doesn’t have the famous “wow factor”, I’m not sure what does. All of these stats fits in quite well with the recently released “Did You Know?” from The Economist.

Unbelievable, wouldn’t you say? Kudos to Gary.

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.

Socialnomics

“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 Socialnomics.net.

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

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

Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s “HOME” in numbers

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

Scary.