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  • As of June 2014, Facebook drove 23.39% of Internet traffic.
  • In the United States in 2013, the most talked about topic on Facebook was the Super Bowl.
  • On the day Twitter launched, there were a total of 224 tweets sent. In 2012, approximately 175 million tweets were sent each day.
  • According to Experian Hitwise, “Facebook” was the most searched term in 2012, making it the fourth year in a row that the social networking platform topped the most searched list.
  • In 2010, NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer was the first person to tweet from space.
  • The 10 billionth tweet was posted in March 2010.
  • YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world.
  • In June 2013, users spent 20 billion minutes per day on Facebook. That equates to 8.3 hours per month or 17.29 minutes per day per user.
  • In the United States, the average amount of time spent online each day in 2012 was 3 hours, seven minutes.
  • As of March 2013, 751 million Facebook users access the platform via mobile devices; 189 million of whom only use a mobile device to access the platform.
  • People in New York City received tweets about the August 2011 earthquake in Mineral, Virginia 30 seconds before they felt it.
  • In the first 24 hours after launching its video-sharing capabilities, Instagram users uploaded five million videos.
  • As of June 2013, Instagram users have shared more than 16 billion photos.
  • As of March 2013, YouTube has more than a billion unique users per month which equates to nearly half of all Internet users.
  • Pinterest hit 10 million U.S. monthly unique visitors faster than any independent site in history.
  • Tablets took just two years to reach 40 million users in the United States. It took smartphones seven years to reach this figure.
  • The first ever Super Bowl Social Media Command Center launched in preparation for Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
  • The creators of Instagram got the name from a combination of the fact that old Polaroid cameras marketed themselves as "instant" and the fact that they felt snapshots were like telegrams that got sent over the wire to others.
  • Klout was started when founder Joe Fernandez was recovering from jaw surgery and depended entirely on social media for communication.
  • Klout founder and CEO Joe Fernandez paid $5,000 to the original owner of klout.com for the domain name.
  • Meetup staff are called “MEME-teamers.” MEME is an acronym for “Meetups Everywhere about Most Everything."
  • Google+ was developed under the code name “Emerald Sea.” The code name came from the fact that Google+ presented an opportunity to sail to new horizons or drown in the wave of social media sites.
  • Google+ reached 10 million users in just two weeks, despite the fact that it had not officially been released to the public.
  • The name “Tumblr” comes from a variation on blogs that are shorter stream-of-consciousness posts known as “tumblelogs.”
  • Twitter.com was originally owned by a birding enthusiast, so the microblogging site was first known as “Twttr.”
  • The name Formspring comes from “form” which reflects the act of crafting a question, and “spring” to reveal the response.
  • In January 2011, Formspring added a "smile" button to every post on the site, which acts in a similar manner to the "like" button on Facebook. It disappeared, but then came back as a permanent feature in March 2011.
  • Queen Elizabeth of England approved the creation of both an official Facebook account for the royal family, and a Flickr account featuring more than 600 photos of the family, in 2010. These two accounts join the royal family's Twitter account that was started in 2009 and YouTube account that was started in 2007.
  • Vimeo is a play on the word “video”, inserting the word “me” as a reference to the site’s dedication to user-made video, and is also an anagram of the word “movie.”
  • The reason the main color on Facebook is blue is because founder Mark Zuckerberg is red-green color blind, meaning the color he can see best is blue.
  • Dennis Crowley, the founder of Foursquare had an earlier site, which failed, called Dodgeball. He said he chose to name both sites after playground games because they are both designed to be fun and playful.
  • It is estimated that in 2007 YouTube used the same amount of bandwidth as the entire Internet used in 2000.
  • iPod application downloads hit one billion in nine months.
  • The Library of Congress archives all tweets for research and preservation.
  • Al Pacino’s face was on the original Facebook homepage.
  • It took radio 38 years to reach 50 million users; Facebook added over 200 million users in less than a year.
  • The very first video uploaded to YouTube was called “Me at the Zoo” on April 23, 2005.
  • Google rents a flock of goats at its headquarters to cut down on weeds and brush.
  • "Wiki" is the Hawaiian word for "quick."
  • The first use of SMS (short message service) was allegedly in December 1992 by a 22 year-old engineer who used a computer to send the text message “Merry Christmas.”
  • Podcast comes from a combination of the acronym POD—play on demand—and the word "broadcast."

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