Social Media Revolution

Zack Whittaker writes at <a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/igeneration/?p=2561">ZDNet's iGeneration blog</a> about an interesting set of statistics presented in a video by <a href="http://socialnomics.net/2009/08/11/statistics-show-social-media-is-bigger-than-you-think/">Socialnomics</a> on the social media revolution. The statistics are from numerous sources, and they're a solid set to provide to social media non-believers.

Zack Whittaker writes at ZDNet's iGeneration blog about an interesting set of statistics presented in a video by Socialnomics on the social media revolution. The statistics are from numerous sources, and they're a solid set to provide to social media non-believers.

By 2010, for example, baby boomers will be outnumbered by Generation Y, of which 96 percent have joined a social network. It took radio 38 years and TV 13 years to reach 50 million users, while it took the Internet only four years. If Facebook were a country, it would be the world's fourth largest between the United States and Indonesia. There are now 200 million blogs, and the no. 2 largest search engine is YouTube. One in six higher education students are enrolled in online curriculum, and the U.S. Department of Education reported that on average, online students outperformed those receiving face-to-face instruction.

It's a lot to swallow. What statistics are you most intrigued by or terrified of, and what implications do they have for government?

Click here to watch the video.

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