THERE’S A GOOD chance you don’t know anyone who’s not on Facebook. After all, it currently has 800 million users, and projections based on historical data of its growth (it’s been expanding in a linear fashion) suggest that it will hit 1 billion by July 2012. That’s roughly 1/7th of the world’s population.
The website generates 770 billion pageviews per month, nearly as much as Matador. (Kidding.)
And Facebook isn’t the only indication of where we’re headed during the information age. New Android devices are being activated at the rate of 550,000 per day. And with the help of 300,000 new Twitter users daily, 250 million tweets are created every 24 hours.
Have you heard of YouTube? Does it surprise you that 2 billion clips are watched each day? It surprised us. Try wrapping your head around this stat: 35 hours of video are uploaded to the website. Every minute. That’s 2100 days of video added for every day in real time.
A number that’s sure to make postal workers anxious, if they’re not already, is the fact that in 2010, 107 trillion emails were sent. Access to information is becoming exponentially more easy and more mobile: by 2014, more people will surf the Internet from their phones and tablets than from laptops and desktop computers combined.
What does this all mean? What does the future hold?
****This post is brought to you in partnership between Matador and our friends at Intel, whose technology enables so much of the lifestyle in which we thrive. Join us in the conversation on Twitter with #IntelEMP.
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Ian MacKenzie is the founder and former editor of Brave New Traveler. He is Head of Video at Matador Network. Ian is also an independent filmmaker, with his first feature (One Week Job) released in 2010. His more recent projects include Sacred Economics and Occupy Love.
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