What's After Facebook?
You know, every time there is a paradigm shifting system, I keep thinking, "It's going to be hard to top this..." but so far each one has been outdoing the other by a magnitude resembling a plot on the logarithmic scale.
When I first got onto the Internet in 1995, Netscape was king — who could take that market share away? Then Yahoo was the big kid on the block eating Alta Vista, Excite, Lycos, etc. I was again thinking, "Hey, here we go, Yahoo cannot be outdone..." Along came Google.
On a parallel path, it was Friendster, then MySpace, and YouTube. Then along came Facebook and gobbled not only these on its path, but now is encroaching on the parallel path which of Google seems to be the king.
Did you know that by the time you have read the first three paragraphs of this article, almost 50,000 people have updated their status on Facebook? More than 250,000 comments were made, the same number of photos were uploaded as messages were sent, almost 70,000. (That's every 30 seconds!)
Here are some more amazing numbers on a company that didn't exist in the year 2000. According to OnlineSchools.org:
- 750 million photos were uploaded to Facebook just over the 2010-2011 New Year weekend!
- 48 percent or nearly half of 18 to 34-year-olds check Facebook when they wake up.
- 28 percent check their Facebook from bed with a smartphone
- The 18 to 24-year-old group that uses Facebook grew by 74 percent last year.
- "Liking" drugs is up more than 1,100 percent!
- More than 70 percent of the Facebook users are outside of the U.S.
- More than 71 percent of the U.S. Web users are on Facebook.
- More than 30 percent of the userbase is over 35 years of age.
- There are more than 500 million users on Facebook
- That means one in every 13 people on on the entire earth are on Facebook, and that means one in every 4 internet users are on Facebook. (According to InternetWorldStats.com, as of June 2010, there were almost 2 billion Internet users in the world.)
This is mind boggling. I find myself yet again wondering, "Is it possible that some company in a garage, university dorm room, incubator, Bono with Lady Gaga starting a new company, etc. will be able to surpass these numbers?" I doubt it, yet again, I cannot say "No way" for sure. What say you? Leave a comment. I'd like to hear your opinion.
(Data from OnlineSchools.org http://www.onlineschools.org/blog/facebook-obsession)