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  • More than a billion tweets are sent every 48 hours.
  • Each day 350 million photos are uploaded to Facebook which equates to 4,000 photos per second.
  • Flickr users upload 3.5 million photos to the site each day.
  • Canadians are the most prolific users of Facebook in the world. 74% of users check Facebook at least once a day.
  • More than 40% of Americans log into Facebook each day.
  • Every sixty seconds, 293,000 status updates are posted on Facebook.
  • Forty-six percent of Internet users are on Facebook.
  • More Facebook profiles (5) are created every second than there are people born (4.5).
  • The number of fake Facebook accounts is roughly equivalent to the population of Egypt.
  • 43% of online adults over the age of 65 use social networking sites.
  • 72% of online adults use social networking sites.
  • The average social network user receives 285 pieces of content daily, including 54,000 words and 443 minutes of video.
  • 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.
  • Mobile accounts for 13% of global Internet traffic.
  • HootSuite usage share among the world's top 100 brands is 20.8%.
  • The Google +1 button is used more than 5 billion times per day.
  • Americans spend 16 minutes of every hour spent online on social networking sites.
  • The fastest growing demographic on both Facebook and Google+ is the 45-54 age bracket.
  • YouTube reaches more adults in the United States between the age of 18 and 34 than any cable network.
  • People in New York City received tweets about the August 2011 earthquake in Mineral, Virginia 30 seconds before they felt it.
  • The first day Twitter was made public there were a total of 224 tweets. In 2012, approximately 175 million tweets were sent each day.
  • One million accounts are added to Twitter every day.
  • Two new members join LinkedIn every second.
  • If Wikipedia were a book it would be 2.25 billion pages.
  • The 55-64 age bracket is the fastest growing demographic on Twitter.
  • More than 500 tweets per minute contain a YouTube link.
  • Facebook users watch more than 500 years' worth of YouTube video every day.
  • There are more than one billion YouTube views per day via mobile devices.
  • 70 percent of YouTube traffic comes from outside the United States.
  • Approximately 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute.
  • YouTube users watch more than 6 billion hours of video on the site each month, which equates to nearly an hour for every person on earth.
  • Twenty million e-mails were written in the time it took to read this sentence
  • More than 45 million pictures are uploaded to Instagram every day.
  • There are one billion likes daily on Instagram.
  • If Facebook were a country it would have the world’s third largest population and twice the population of the United States.
  • 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.
  • Social gamers are expected to buy $6 billion in virtual goods in 2013.
  • More than 60% of LinkedIn users are from outside the United States.
  • Each second, 58 photos are added to Instagram.
  • 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.
  • Pinterest drives more referral traffic to websites than YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn combined.
  • There were 1.2 trillion Google searches in 2012.
  • Consumers spend around $272,070 on shopping on the Internet every minute.
  • Twitter users send over 100,000 tweets every minute.
  • Approximately 47,000 apps are downloaded from Apple every minute.
  • Brands and organizations on Facebook receive approximately 34,722 "likes" every minute.
  • Every minute, Tumblr owners publish approximately 27,778 new blog posts.
  • Instagram users share around 3,600 new photos every minute.
  • There are approximately 2,083 check-ins on Foursquare every minute.
  • Every minute of the day, approximately 571 new websites are created.
  • WordPress users publish approximately 347 new blog posts every minute.
  • The mobile Web receives approximately 217 new users every minute.
  • 25 percent of Facebook users do not bother with any kind of privacy control.
  • 750 tweets per second are shared on Twitter.
  • If Twitter was a country, it would have the 12th largest population in the world.
  • Twitter handles more search queries per month than Bing and Yahoo combined.
  • The average visitor spends 15 minutes per day on YouTube.
  • 3 million new blogs come online every month.
  • Google+ adds approximately 625,000 new users every day.
  • 42 percent of phones in the United States are smartphones.
  • Tablets took just two years to reach 40 million users in the United States. It took smartphones seven years to reach this figure.
  • 55 percent of Americans ages 45-54 have a profile on a social networking site.
  • 22 percent of Americans use social networking sites several times per day.
  • 23 percent of Facebook users check their account five or more times every day.
  • 76 percent of Twitter users now post status updates.
  • The first ever Super Bowl Social Media Command Center launched in preparation for Super Bowl XLVI.
  • 82 percent of the world’s online population are determined to be reached by social networking sites, representing 1.2 billion users around the world.
  • 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.
  • The average Photobucket user shares their photos to four different social media platforms.
  • There are approximately 2 million check-ins per week on Foursquare.
  • According to Twitter's calculations, the amount of tweets sent in one day is enough to write a 10 million-page book or 8,163 copies of War and Peace.
  • According to Flurry Analytics, consumers downloaded a total of 242 million apps on December 25, 2011.
  • According to Experian Hitwise, “Facebook” was the most-searched term in 2011, making it the third year in a row that the social networking platform topped the most-searched list.
  • 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."
  • A meetup takes place every 13 seconds.
  • 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.”
  • TweetDeck holds internal "HackDays" once per month where employees are given free reign to prototype, build, or design anything they want to see in TweetDeck.
  • 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.
  • Social media accounts for one in every six minutes spent online.
  • 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.
  • 750 million photos were uploaded to Facebook over New Year’s weekend 2011.
  • NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer was the first person to tweet from space.
  • The average Facebook user spends about 55 minutes a day, about 6.50 hours a week, and about 1.20 days a month on the site.
  • Over 300,000 users translate Facebook into over 70 languages using the translation application.
  • There are over 900 million objects including personal pages, groups, events, and community pages that Facebook users can interact with.
  • The average Facebook user creates 90 pieces of content including links, news stories, photo albums, notes, and videos each month.
  • The 10 billionth tweet was posted on Twitter in March 2010.
  • 73 percent of users edit Wikipedia because they want to share knowledge and 69 percent of users edit Wikipedia to fix errors.
  • 19 percent of Wikipedia editors have a Master's degree and 4.4 percent of Wikipedia editors have a PhD.
  • Australia has the highest number of established users of social media, followed by the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • Musician Ben Folds held a concert for his CD Supersunnyspeedgraphic on Second Life. 75 avatars attended and nearly 300 entered the contest to win a "ticket" to the first concert by a live musician on the avatar-based site.
  • There are Meetups on over 90,000 topics.
  • In 2010, American Idol allowed aspiring singers to submit audition videos via Myspace.
  • Myspace held an online casting call for Fox’s hit series Glee.
  • 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.”
  • Evite has been referenced in popular television shows including The Simpsons, Alias, and The Office.
  • 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.
  • The average Facebook user has 130 friends and is connected to 80 community pages, groups, and events.
  • Approximately half of the total number of Facebook users log on to Facebook at least once each day.
  • The fastest-growing group of Facebook users is females ages 55-65.
  • At over 5,000 words, Facebook’s privacy policy is longer than the U.S. Constitution.
  • Al Pacino’s face was on the original Facebook homepage.
  • Facebook tops Google for weekly traffic in the United States.
  • It took radio 38 years to reach 50 million users; Facebook added over 200 million users in less than a year.
  • There are more than 1.6 billion searches on Twitter every day.
  • The Library of Congress now archives all tweets for research and preservation.
  • 80 percent of Twitter usage is on mobile devices.
  • Members of LinkedIn come from more than 200 countries and represent every continent.
  • The very first video uploaded to YouTube was called “Me at the Zoo” on April 23, 2005.
  • YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world.
  • 77 percent of Internet users read blogs.
  • Google rents a flock of goats at its headquarters to cut down on weeds and brush.
  • "Wiki" is the Hawaiian word for "quick."
  • If you were paid $1 for every article posted on Wikipedia you would earn $1,712.32 per hour.
  • iPod application downloads hit 1 billion in nine months.
  • 80 percent of companies use social media as a recruitment tool. Of those, 95 percent use LinkedIn.
  • According to a 2010 Red Cross Survey, about half of respondents would sign up to receive emergency alerts.
  • 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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