Did you know that if Facebook was a country, it would now be the third largest country in the world? It passed the U.S. earlier this year and is now eclipsed only by China and India in terms of raw population. That mind-boggling statistic — along with a few dozen more — are showcased in the video below, demonstrating social media’s explosive growth in recent years.
The video, produced by Socialnomics author Erik Qualman, is a follow-up piece to his original social media stats video from last summer. While some of the stats are similar to last year’s version, others are updated with new figures and some appear for the first time. Information about the sources for all the statistics are available on Qualman’s blog. A few of the highlights include:
- More than half of the world’s population is under 30.
- Facebook tops Google for weekly U.S. Internet traffic.
- Ashton Kutcher and Britney Spears have more Twitter followers than the populations of Sweden, Israel, Switzerland, Ireland, Norway and Panama.
- 50% of mobile Internet traffic in the UK is on Facebook.
- During the 4+ minutes it takes to watch the video, more than 100 hours’ worth of video will be uploaded to YouTube.
- Amazon sold more electronic books for the Kindle than physical books on Christmas.
- If you were paid $1 for each posted Wikipedia article, you’d make $1,712.32 per hour.
Have a look at the new video below and let us know what you think. Were you surprised by any of the included stats?
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