One of the most informative workshops I participated while in Washington, DC with the Massachusetts State PTA was called, "21st Century Voices: Using Social Media to Persuade and Inform." I thought I already had a good grasp of how influential online/social communications could be. I had no idea.
I have copied my notes here as well as the video we saw as part of the presentation. As the video indicates, it is no longer a question of if we use social media, instead, it comes down to how well we use it.
Workshop 1: 21st Century Voices: Using Social Media to Persuade and Inform: Notes
-71% of America is on Facebook
-If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest.
-Facebook is the 2nd most visited site on the internet-Google is first.
-In terms of time spent on each site, Facebook dwarfs Google.
-The number of Facebook users is larger than the population of China (actual users not just people who sign up).
-It took three years, two months and one day to get to the billionth tweet. Now there are a billion tweets a week.
- A year ago, people sent 50 million tweets a day. On March 11, 2011, the tally was 177 million.
-There were 456 tweets per second after Michael Jackson died in 2009. That record was broken on New Year’s Day this year with 6,939 tweets after midnight in Japan on New Year’s morning there.
- There were 572,000 new Twitter accounts created on March 12, 2011; there were 460,000 new accounts created daily, on average, in the past month.
-Mobile users increased 182% in the past year.