Quick stats on your favorite networking sites

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Gotham Magazine compiled this fun information in their recent issue:

Slogans:

Number of Users:

  • Facebook – >175 million
  • Twitter – est. at 93 million
  • MySpace – 130 million
  • LinkedIn – >36 million
  • ASmallWorld – 400,000

When it Launched:

  • Facebook – 2004
  • Twitter – 2006
  • MySpace – 2004
  • LinkedIn – 2003
  • ASmallWorld – 2004

Who it’s Aimed at:

  • Facebook – It’s not just for college students anymore. People over the ago of 30 are the fastest growing members.
  • Twitter – Have to know what everybody’s doing? Get instant updates from all your BFFs on your computer or phone.
  • MySpace – When it launched, it was very popular with musicians and artists. It’s since morphed into a broad networking community.
  • LinkedIn – “Experienced professionals from around the world, representing 170 industries and 200 countries.”
  • ASmallWorld – “An existing international network of people who are connected by three degrees of separation. Members share similar backgrounds, interests and perspectives.”

Famous Users:

  • Facebook – Michael Phelps, Lil’ Kim, DJ AM
  • Twitter – Britney Spears, John Cleese, Lance Armstrong, MC Hammer
  • MySpace – Martin Scorsese, Diablo Cody, Leonardo DiCaprio (it has 600 celebrity bloggers)
  • LinkedIn – Executives from every Fortune 500 company
  • ASmallWorld – Ivanka Trump, Melissa George, Elizabeth Banks

Special Feature:

  • Facebook – Friends can check out your page to see the thoughts, photos and videos you’ve posted.
  • Twitter – You can search other people’s Twitter comments to see what everyone’s tweeting about.
  • MySpace – Millions of songs can be listened to on the site.
  • LinkedIn – Lists thousands of jobs around the country; you can see whether you have a connection at a company that’s hiring.
  • ASmallWorld – The members’ marketplace lists luxury goods like used Rolex watches and vintage Ferraris.

Pros:

  • Facebook – You can reconnect with your best friend from second grade.
  • Twitter – A good way to quickly let everyone know what you’re doing or where you are.
  • MySpace – Still the best place to find out what your favorite bands are up to.
  • LinkedIn – Forget awkward cocktail parties- network with just a few mouse clicks.
  • ASmallWorld – Unlike other networking sites, it’s private- each member must be invited.

Cons:

  • Facebook – Your nemesis from second grade will find you.
  • Twitter – Messages can be no more than 140 characters long.
  • MySpace – Tries to do too much, including networking, karaoke, classifieds, videos, music and news.
  • LinkedIn – To use all the site’s features you need to have a business account, which starts at $25 a month.

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