Social Media Facts

Written by Neil Ashton on .


Some staggering social media facts pertaining to the social web.


  1. Facebook user average 130 friends.
  2. In excess of 25 billion bits of content is shared monthly.
  3. Over 300,000 users assisted with the translation of the website through the translations application.
  4. In excess of 150 million people engage with Facebook on external sites monthly.
  5. Two-thirds of the Fortune 500 websites have integrated with Facebook.
  6. There are over 100 million active users accessing Facebook through their smart phones.
  7. People that access Facebook via mobile are twice as active than non-mobile users.
  8. On average Facebook users are connected to 60 pages, groups and events.
  9. People spend over 500 billion minutes per month on Facebook.
  10. There are more than 1 million entrepreneurs and developers from 180 countries on Facebook.

Source: social media statistics - Facebook press office.


  1. The Twitter website only accounts for a quarter of its users ? 75% use third-party applications.
  2. Twitter receives over 300,000 new users daily.
  3. There are in excess of 110 million users on Twitter.
  4. Twitter gets 180 million unique visits each month.
  5. There are over 600 million searches on Twitter daily.
  6. Twitter started as a simple SMS text service.
  7. Over 60% of Twitter use is from outside the U.S.
  8. There are more than 50,000 third-party applications for Twitter.
  9. Twitter has donated access to all of its tweets to the Library of Congress for research and preservation.
  10. More than a third of users access Twitter via their smart phone.

Source: social media statistics - Twitter and the Chirp Conference.


  1. LinkedIn is the oldest of the four sites discussed in this post, having been created in 2003.
  2. There are more than 70 million LinkedIn users worldwide.
  3. LinkedIn members come from more than 200 countries.
  4. LinkedIn is available in six languages ? English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
  5. Oracle?s Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Epstein, was headhunted for the position via his LinkedIn profile.
  6. 80% of companies use LinkedIn for recruitment.
  7. A new member joins LinkedIn every second.
  8. LinkedIn receives almost 12 million unique visitors daily.
  9. Executives from all Fortune 500 companies are on LinkedIn.
  10. Recruiters account for 1-in-20 LinkedIn profiles.

Source:  socila media statistics - LinkedIn press centre and SysComm International.


  1. The first video uploaded on 23rd April 2005, was called ?Me at the Zoo?.
  2. More than 65,000 videos were being uploaded daily by mid 2006.
  3. YouTube gets more than 2 billion viewers per day.
  4. 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute.
  5. The U.S. accounts for 70% of YouTube users.
  6. Over half of YouTube?s users are under 20 years old.
  7. You would need to live for around 1,000 years to watch all the videos currently on YouTube.
  8. YouTube is available in 19 countries and 12 languages.
  9. Music videos account for 20% of uploads.
  10. YouTube uses the same amount of bandwidth as the entire Internet used in 2000.

Source:  social media statistics - YouTube press centre.


  1. Blogs are read by 77% of Internet users.
  2. Technorati, the leading blog directory, currently has 133 million blogs listed.
  3. 60% of bloggers are between the ages 18-44.
  4. 20% of bloggers update their blogs every day.
  5. Two out of three bloggers are male.
  6. Companies accounts for 14% of blogs.
  7. One in six bloggers spend 10 hours a week blogging.
  8. Over 50% of all bloggers are married and/or parents.
  9. More than 50% of bloggers have more than one blog.
  10. On average bloggers use five different social sites to drive traffic to their blog.

Source:  social media statistics - Technorati?s State of the Blogosphere 2009.

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