The Facebookese: citizens of the 3rd largest ‘nation’ in the world

Socialnomics author, Erik Qualman, has updated his original social media stats video from last year. One of the changes is that if Facebook was a country, it would now be the third largest country in the world, having passed the US earlier this year. Another amazing statistic is that Facebook beats Google for weekly US Internet traffic which says a lot about the exponential growth of social media in the last year or so.

Other stats that stand our for me in terms of the implications for the education industry include the following:

• More than half of the world’s population is under 30;
• 96% of ‘digital natives’ are members of a social network;
• 50% of mobile Internet traffic in the UK is on Facebook;
• More than 100 hours’ worth of video is uploaded to YouTube during the 4:25 minutes it takes to watch the video; and
• Amazon sold more electronic books for the Kindle than physical books at Christmas … and this is before the arrival of the iPad!

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One comment on “The Facebookese: citizens of the 3rd largest ‘nation’ in the world
  1. Chrissy says:

    Wow, those are some very impressive stats. I had skimmed through your summary before, but hadn’t watched the video. “What happens in Vegas stays on Facebook… Twitter… Youtube…” got a chuckle out of me; it’s so true!

    I actually stopped back by to let you know that our blog (see website link) now has you on our blogroll. WordPress probably already told you that, but I thought I should drop a note. Our blog deals with education and edtech as well, so it might be of interest to you. Please feel free to take a look if you have a chance. Links back are always appreciated, but of course not necessary.

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