Posts Tagged ‘social media sites’

More social networking statistics

September 24, 2009

We found a few more statistics on social networking from Econsultancy, and wanted to share. (Posted August 2009).

  • Social networks and blogs are the 4th most popular online activities online, including personal email. 67% of global users visit member communities and 10% of all time spent on the internet is on social media sites.
  • If Facebook were a country, it would be the fourth most populated place in the world. This means it easily beats the likes of Brazil, Russia and Japan in terms of size.
  • 80% of companies use, (or are planning to use), LinkedIn as their primary tool to find employees during the course of this year. The site has just celebrated reaching its 45-millionth membership.
  • Around 64% of marketers are using social media for 5 hours or more each week during campaigns, with 39% using it for 10 or more hours per week.
  • It took radio 38 years to reach 50 million listeners. Terrestrial TV took 13 years to reach 50 million users. The internet took four years to reach 50 million people… In less than nine months, Facebook added 100 million users.
  • Wikipedia currently has more than 13 million articles in more than 260 different languages. The site attracts over 60 million unique users a month and it’s often hotly debated that the information it contains is more reliable than any printed Encyclopedia.
  • The most recent figure of blogs being indexed by Technorati currently stands at 133 million. The same report into the Blogosphere also revealed that on average, 900,000 blog posts are created within a single 24-hour period.
  • It’s been suggested that YouTube is likely to serve over 75 billion video streams to around 375 million unique visitors during this year.
  • The top three people on Twitter (Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres and Britney Spears) have more combined followers than the entire population of Austria.
  • According to Socialnomics, if you were paid $1 for every time an article was posted on Wikipedia, you would earn $156.23 per hour.
  • The online bookmarking service, Delicious, has more than five million users and over 150 million unique bookmarked URLs.
  • Since April this year, Twitter has been receiving around 20 million unique visitors to the site each month, according to some analytical sources.
  • Formed in 2004, Flickr now hosts more than 3.6 billion user images.
  • Universal McCann reports that 77% of all active internet users regularly read blogs.

Do you have any cool stats on social networking? Share with us in our comments!

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It’s never too late to start

August 26, 2009

For the social media novices out there who are wondering “Is it too late to start?,” the answer is no. The fact that you haven’t started using social media may work to your advantage, because you can take the time to learn about it before jumping in.

Here are some great tips from The Marketing Blog:

  • What do you want from social media? Think about what you want social media to do for you. Are you trying to promote your company or product? Do you want to establish yourself as an expert? Focus on the purpose and that can help you successfully implement a comprehensive social media plan.
  • Create a detailed plan. For those of you who read my blog regularly, you know that I’m all about planning – to a degree. Here are some things you should write down: Social Media Sites where you want to be included. What will be your theme? What steps are involved (registering for accounts, placing icons on your web site or blog, including references to profiles in your signature line, etc.)? Who will be managing day-to-day tasks?
  • Assemble a team. Who’s going to be executing on your social media strategy daily? If you haven’t figured it out already, it’s a lot of work. Assemble a team, use automation tools, or hire resources via eLance.com.
  • Establish goals. What are you trying to achieve on each social media platform? How many followers? How many fans? By when? Consider the outcome you’re striving for and you can quickly achieve your goals.
  • Be realistic. It takes time to get comfortable with social media and achieve the goals you’re striving to hit. Start slow but remain consistent in your efforts to succeed online. The key is to stay with it. Just like the social media sites themselves, it takes time to hit critical mass – but once you do, you’re golden.

So decide which sites (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc) will be the most helpful in achieving your goals, sign up and get started!

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