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YouTube Now Gets 1 Billion Unique Viewers a Month

When asked to think of a video sharing site, chances are the first one that comes to mind is YouTube.  For almost a decade we’ve gone there to watch, share and be amazed by videos created by all walks of life.  There’s no doubt that YouTube is the biggest video sharing site around, but just how big is it?

On the YouTube Blog, the YouTube team just announced a new milestone: the site is now getting more than 1 billion unique visitors every month.  To give us an idea of what a billion tuning into YouTube looks like, the YouTube team gave some comparisons:

  • Nearly one out of every two people on the Internet visits YouTube.
  • YouTube’s monthly viewership is the equivalent of roughly 10 Super Bowl audiences.
  • If YouTube were a country, it would be the third largest in the world after China and India.
  • PSY and Madonna would have to repeat their Madison Square Garden performance in front of a packed house 200,000 more times in order to reach an audience the same size.

With this said, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite YouTube videos of all time- ones that have made me laugh or feel happy over the years.

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Interesting Internet Facts

  • If the Internet were a country, its population would be greater than North America, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East combined.
  • There are more devices connected to the Internet than people on Earth.
  • In one month on Facebook, 30 billion pieces of content are shared.
  • After Usama Bin Laden was killed, a computer programmer in Pakistan tweeted the military raid on his compound hours before any news sites reported it.
  • After an earthquake hit the east coast people in New York City read tweets about the quake 30 seconds before they felt it.
  • North America is the continent with the highest percentage of Internet users, followed by Australia and Europe.
  • The average American spends 66 hours a month on a computer- NOT including computer time spent at work.
  • 20 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
  • 210 billion emails are sent daily.
  • China is the country with the most Internet users.  Barbados has the fewest.
  • There are more internet users in China than there are people in the U.S.
  • A number of countries, including Estonia, Finland and Spain have declared access to the Internet as a legal right for citizens.
  • The global number of users doubled from 2005 to 2010.
  • China, Taiwan and Korea recently accepted Internet Addiction Disorder as a psychological diagnosis.  In 2013, the U.S. will mark it as a real disorder too.
  • Apple’s sales in 2011 were $128 billion
  • About 50% percent of consumers think a brand’s Facebook page is more useful than a brand’s website.
  • Since 2003 Google has answered over 450 billion new unique queries.
  • Instant previews on Google load in 1/10th of a second on average.
  • The 29 poorest countries in the world must combine their revenue in 2010 to equal the $29.3 billion dollars that Google earned from advertising that year.
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21 New Statistics About Online Marketing

We’ve all heard over and over again about how important the Internet is and how it is changing the way businesses advertise. HubSpot has recently released some new data about the state of the Internet marketing world that are helpful and surprising. Check it these newly-released facts:

1) The more posts per day, the less engagement — when a brand posts twice a day, those posts only receive 57% of the likes and 78% of the comments per post. (Source: Track Social)

2) The click-through rate on triggered messages is 119% higher than “Business as Usual” messages. (Source: Epsilon and DMA)

3) On average, companies respond to only 30% of social media fans’ feedback. (Source: Factbrowser)

4) The average tablet user spends 13.9 hours per week with the device. (Source: OPA)

5) Text messaging users send or receive an average of 35 messages per day. (Source: Forrester Research)

6) Email opens on smartphones and tablets have increased 80% over the last six months. (Source: Litmus)

7) 27% of TV sets shipped worldwide in Q1 of 2012 had internet connectivity. (Source: Display Search)

8) By 2016, more than half of the dollars spent in US retail will be influenced by the web. (Source: Forrester Research)

9) In any given week, less than 0.5% of Facebook fans engage with the brand they are fans of. (Source: Marketing Science)

10) 45% of the world’s 2 billion internet users live in Asia. (Source: Ecommerce Europe)

11) 61% of emails received at professional email accounts are non-essential. (Source: Mimecast)

12) 20% of Facebook users have purchased something because of ads or comments they saw there. (Source: Ipsos)

13) 17% of the top 1000 search terms on Twitter “churn over” on an hourly basis. (Source: Twitter)

14) U.S. consumers send 2.304 trillion text messages per year, up from 2.052 trillion in 2010. (Source: CTIA)

15) 40% of the accounts and 8% of the messages on social media sites are spam. (Source: Businessweek)

16) 88% of adults in the US have a cell phone, 57% have a laptop, 19% own an e-reader, and 19% have a tablet. (Source: Pew Internet)

17) 64% of smartphone owners are using their mobile devices to shop online. (Source: eDigitalResearch)

18) YouTube users watch more than 3B hours of video per month. (Source: YouTube)

19) About 1 in 3 bloggers are moms. (Source: Nielsen)

20) 73% of smartphone owners access social networks through apps at least once per day. (Source: Lightspeed Research)

21) 91% of online adults use social media regularly. (Source: Experian)

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Empathy Goes Viral

Hugs all around: The benefactor opened his arms wide to hug Mrs Klein

When I saw that viral video about two weeks ago of Karen Klein, the bus attendant from New York, being bullied by those little boys, my heart broke for her.  The image of her crying while they taunted her for over 10 minutes stuck in my head for days after.  I couldn’t let it go.  If someone did that to my grandmother, or anyone I love for that matter, it would be hard for me not to hate them.

With all the attention that our society has focused on bullying recently, I figured it was going to blow up into a huge deal.  I was right- the video has over 2 million views and almost just as many dislikes.  What I wish I thought of was what Max Sidorov did.  I love his idea of creating an online donation site to send Karen on a much-deserved vacation.  His original goal was to raise $5,000, but due to an overwhelming outpour of sympathetic support he raised much more than that.  After a few million Facebook posts, YouTube comments and tweets, $651,000 has been raised in support of Klein and the abuse that she endured.  IndieGoGo says never had one of its causes raised so much money in such a short time.

Why did people feel so moved to donate to Karen Klein?  I believe it’s because right after watching a video that tugged at their hearts and made them feel angry, sad and embarrassed all at once, they had the option to take action and do something nice for her immediately.

How does this happen?  The people who donated watched Karen, a mother and grandmother, get bullied.  They wanted to know more about her.  They find out her salary is only about $15,000 a year.  They decide she deserves a vacation.   They donate money.  Apparently enough people felt this way, because now Karen will never have to work another day of her life.  Good for her!

The power of the Internet and social media absolutely amazes me.  Through it news travels at lightning speed and people talk about it immediately.  If you put information out there that people will actually care about, there are so many possibilities.  You can raise awareness and money or have millions of people on your side in a matter of hours. Average people become overnight celebrities without even trying.  All it takes is saying, doing, or being involved in something that will capture people’s attention and emotions.  With this, I encourage everyone to use the power of the Internet and social media to do positive things and make lives better.

As a side note, Mr Siderov himself has several thousand dollars coming his way. Another indiegogo.com user created a page for donations to him, which have so far tallied to more than $6,700.  Ah, the power of social media.

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