There is very little doubt in anyone’s mind that social media is huge and growing. No infographic is necessary to try to make that point any more clear. What does make for interesting infographic madness is the breakdown by countries and networks that this infographic from Mashable depicts.
Facebook tried it. Twitter explored it. Google+ considered it. Now Pinterest is finding that social media can be a venue for direct increase in sales, particularly for retail stores. Is this a good thing? Is “social shopping” outside of the Groupon and LivingSocial niche something that exemplifies the future of social media, or is it just a glitch in the matrix?
Social media has always been a hot topic for us, but the latest emerging craze has been around since the early days and is manifesting itself as one of the fastest-growing segments of Web 2.0. “Social Discovery” sites like Tagged and Pinterest are expanding like wildfire as the need to network with new people is becoming “a thing”.
No other social network in history has hit 100 million users nearly as quickly as Google+ did, It has the backing, support, and namesake of one of the most powerful companies in the world, but it started half a decade later than its competitors. Does it have enough juice to compete?
Most conferences and events have parties associated with them, but in the world of interactive media, nothing compares from a party perspective than the crazy things that happen every year in Austin, Texas, as SXSW takes over everything.
In case you weren’t 100% completely aware that social media is a grouping of storms that rage with massive levels of activity every moment of every day, here’s an infographic to reiterate it.
I’ve grown lazy. It’s Buzzfeed’s fault. They’re doing my job for me and doing it much better than I’ve ever been able to in the past. The secret is in their system. While not perfect, it’s pretty darn close.