Think Social Media is a Fad? Think Again.

And if you want to use some of these stats for your own research and couldn’t write fast enough, here is a complete list of the statistics noted in the video:

* 1. By 2010 Gen Y will outnumber Baby Boomers….96% of them have joined a social network
* 2. Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web
* 3. 1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. last year met via social media
* 4. Years to Reach 50 millions Users: Radio (38 Years), TV (13 Years), Internet (4 Years), iPod (3 Years)…Facebook added 100 million users in less than 9 months…iPhone applications hit 1 billion in 9 months.
* 5. If Facebook were a country it would be the world’s 4th largest between the United States and Indonesia
* 6. Yet, some sources say China’s QZone is larger with over 300 million using their services (Facebook’s ban in China plays into this)
* 7. comScore indicates that Russia has the most engage social media audience with visitors spending 6.6 hours and viewing 1,307 pages per visitor per month – is the #1 social network
* 8. 2009 US Department of Education study revealed that on average, online students out performed those receiving face-to-face instruction
* 9. 1 in 6 higher education students are enrolled in online curriculum
* 10. % of companies using LinkedIn as a primary tool to find employees….80%
* 11. The fastest growing segment on Facebook is 55-65 year-old females
* 12. Ashton Kutcher and Ellen Degeneres have more Twitter followers than the entire populations of Ireland, Norway and Panama
* 13. 80% of Twitter usage is on mobile devices…people update anywhere, anytime…imagine what that means for bad customer experiences?
* 14. Generation Y and Z consider e-mail passé…In 2009 Boston College stopped distributing e-mail addresses to incoming freshmen
* 15. What happens in Vegas stays on YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook…
* 16. The #2 largest search engine in the world is YouTube
* 17. Wikipedia has over 13 million articles…some studies show it’s more accurate than Encyclopedia Britannica…78% of these articles are non-English
* 18. There are over 200,000,000 Blogs
* 19. 54% = Number of bloggers who post content or tweet daily
* 20. Because of the speed in which social media enables communication, word of mouth now becomes world of mouth
* 21. If you were paid a $1 for every time an article was posted on Wikipedia you would earn $156.23 per hour
* 22. Facebook USERS translated the site from English to Spanish via a Wiki in less than 4 weeks and cost Facebook $0
* 23. 25% of search results for the World’s Top 20 largest brands are links to user-generated content
* 24. 34% of bloggers post opinions about products & brands
* 25. People care more about how their social graph ranks products and services than how Google ranks them
* 26. 78% of consumers trust peer recommendations
* 27. Only 14% trust advertisements
* 28. Only 18% of traditional TV campaigns generate a positive ROI
* 29. 90% of people that can TiVo ads do
* 30. Hulu has grown from 63 million total streams in April 2008 to 373 million in April 2009
* 31. 25% of Americans in the past month said they watched a short video…on their phone
* 32. According to Jeff Bezos 35% of book sales on Amazon are for the Kindle when available
* 33. 24 of the 25 largest newspapers are experiencing record declines in circulation because we no longer search for the news, the news finds us.
* 34. In the near future we will no longer search for products and services they will find us via social media
* 35. More than 1.5 million pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) are shared on Facebook…daily.
* 36. Successful companies in social media act more like Dale Carnegie and less like David Ogilvy Listening first, selling second
* 37. Successful companies in social media act more like party planners, aggregators, and content providers than traditional advertiser

(note: the sources to back up these statistics can be found on Socialnomics Blog)

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