Progression of Social Media
“People don’t change behavior or positions based on what they know. They change based on what they feel.” — Oprah Winfrey.
After an engaging lesson about social media in class, and especially watching the captivating introduction video on Social Media Revolution, I became very curious about the actual standings for the most visited social media websites.
I soon came across a website with charts illustrating the market shares of visits to social media websites for every month of the year since early 2008. I found the progression of Facebook very intriguing. Here are a few of the charts below:
It is amazing how a
fad necessity can be adapted so quickly across one nation. In early 2009, MySpace had surpassed Facebook in market shares by a long shot. However, Facebook and Youtube caught up rapidly within a mere year. As of last year, Facebook had announced that it had reached more than 250 million users, 20% of which were acquired within the last three months of the count.
So what are the effects of social media on companies? In essence, it has become harder and slower for companies to react to community activity and negative publicity.