Did you know that if Facebook were a country, it would be the third most populated country in the world behind China and India? With easier access to the internet, more and more people are turning to the internet for communication, entertainment, and work.
Social networking sites have been around since the 1970s with bits of code and text-only exchanges of information. The social networking we know today started in the mid-1990s with profile-based sites like AOL and Classmates. In the early 2000s, with the boom of the internet and faster internet speeds, came social networking sites: Friendster (2002), Myspace (2003), and LinkedIn (2003). A few years later came, Facebook and Twitter, 2005 and 2007, respectively.
To fully comprehend how much growth there has been in social media, take a look at the user numbers of a social media site. LinkedIn’s website was launched in 2003 for business professionals and job seekers, but its community has grown to over 200 million users. Facebook has grown from a university-based community to a worldwide network of over 600 million users and 310 million unique visits per day. Flickr has over 6 billion images, which breaks down to about 3,500 images uploaded per second since 2006.
With the popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices, social media users will only continue to increase with easier methods of access to the internet and social media platforms. Facebook statistics indicate they experienced a 200% growth from 2010 to 2011 in mobile device access. Twitter displayed a significant jump of over 250% in tweets per day from 27 million in 2010 to 95 million in 2011.
Avoiding social media is almost impossible. With the numbers showing continuous growth, there is no doubt that social media is here for the long haul so stay on top of the online revolution with JamiQ social media monitoring services.
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