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Is Social Media Crack?

Is social media crack cocaine?

How do we make libraries (or continue being) addictive and keep folks on the library habit?

Consider these stats summarized here:

“1. If Facebook were a country, it would be the third most populated in the world, ahead of the United States.
2. If Facebook were a country, it would be the third most populated in the world, ahead of the United States. Only China & India are more populated.
3. 500 BILLION. The number of minutes spent on Facebook per month.
4. 500 BILLION. The number of minutes spent on Facebook per month. LAST YEAR, THAT NUMBER WAS A MEASLY 150 BILLION.
5. The amount of content 25 BILLION. (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) shared each month on Facebook. THAT’S MORE THAN 6X LAST YEAR’S VOLUME.
6. 500 BILLION. The number of peer influence impressions Americans generate per year via social media.
7. 500 BILLION. The number of peer influence impressions Americans generate per year via social media. 62% of those impressions come from Facebook.
8. 24 HOURS. The amount of video uploaded to YouTube every minute.
9. 24 HOURS. The amount of video uploaded to YouTube every minute. THAT’S MORE THAN DOUBLE LAST YEAR’S VOLUME.
10. 2 BILLION. The number of YouTube videos viewed per day.
11. 2 BILLION. The number of YouTube videos viewed per day. THAT’S TWICE AS MANY AS LAST YEAR. 11
12. 4 BILLION. The number of images hosted on Flickr.
13. 4 BILLION. The number of images hosted on Flickr. THAT’S 13X MORE THAN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.
14. ONE-THIRD. The proportion of women aged 18-34 who check Facebook when they first wake up—even before going to the bathroom.
15. NINETY-FIVE. The percentage of companies using LinkedIn to find and attract employees. 14
16. NINETY-FIVE. The percentage of companies using LinkedIn to find and attract employees. 59% use Facebook and 42% use Twitter.
17. 1 in 6. The number of marriages last year between people who met through social media. 15
18. 1 in 6. The number of marriages last year between people who met through social media. THAT’S MORE THAN TWICE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO MET AT BARS, CLUBS, AND OTHER SOCIAL EVENTS COMBINED.
19. 27 MILLION. The average number of “tweets” per day on Twitter. 16
20. 27 MILLION. The average number of “tweets” per day on Twitter. THAT’S 8X LAST YEAR’S VOLUME.
21. 7 HOURS. The time it took for LeBron James to amass his first 150,000 Twitter followers.
22. 7 HOURS. The time it took for LeBron James to amass his first 150,000 Twitter followers. It took Bill Gates 8 hours to reach 100,000. ”

Here is the latest in the celebrated video series:

What the F*** is Social Media NOW?

The more popular edgy version is linked in the title and the ‘nice’ vesion is displayed here. You have a choice.

It seems there’s lots of opportunity to connect to users and communities. And they can LIKE you, really really like you.

Stephen

Posted on: August 7, 2010, 6:21 am Category: Uncategorized

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