Last week was a special week for 2 great social networks: Twitter and YouTube. Twitter turned 7, and YouTube reached 1 billion users.
Happy Birthday Twitter!
Twitter is growing, and is growing fast – it turned 7 just last week. Twitter’s wonderful story began from @jack first tweet, back in 2006. Since then Twitter has been a true success. To date, the famous social network has gathered something in excess of 200 million users from all around the world, who tweet really anything sometimes: from everyday stuff to important news as well as events; so much so that they create roughly 400 million tweets each and every single day.
Many people as well as organizations today exploits Twitter for different purposes; some do good, others try to make a buck out of it, some make art, some debate, some just have fun, and some even tweet from space. You may recall my earlier article entitled A Stylish 3D Twitter Data Exploitation: that guy really found a cool way to use Twitter’s enormous data.
They released the following video to celebrate Twitter’s birthday few days ago: enjoy!
And on the occasion of its birthday, Twitter has announced, as you can see below, the possibility for you to download an archive of your tweets.
Twitter archive adds Danish, Filipino, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu
— Twitter (@twitter) March 21, 2013
This feature was originally rolled out in December 2012, but unfortunately was not available in all languages. As you can see many languages are supported now. Now you have the ability to download your content, including tweets as well as retweets from the very first day you started your account.
How to download your archive: Open Twitter > Settings > Your Twitter archive > Request your archive. And that’s it.
Then we have another big important event happening on the Internet last week. YouTube announced it now has over 1 billion unique users every single month.
What does 1 billion actually mean?
- Almost one in two people on the Web visits YouTube.
- You could be able to fill up a Super Bowl stadium with the number of people visiting YouTube every month.
- If YouTube were to be a country, it’d be the third largest on the planet after India and China.
- Madonna would have to replicate her Madison Square Garden performance roughly 200,000 more times to reach the same audience level.
Are you, like me, a stats junky? If you are, check out the following: Google, and YouTube, partnered with Nielsen to study how Gen C watch YouTube. Gen C is our generation, which loves Connection, Creation, Community plus Curation – the 4Cs. Gen C lives and breathes the Internet, mobile and social media – continuously consuming Web content, no matter where these people are.
Gen C loves multiscreen:
- Google and Nielsen found out Gen C spends 74% more time watching YouTube on smartphone today, compared to last year. 67% of Gen C watches YouTube on 2 or more devices, compared to 53% of the rest of the population.
How Gen C watches YouTube on smartphones:
- The study shows Gen C uses YouTube both on smartphones and on desktop computer, nearly 24/7.
Gen C thinks of YouTube as a search engine:
- YouTube is considered a real search engine destination by Gen C. A staggering 47% of Gen C jumps on YouTube in search of videos, 9% of Gen C population discovers videos via shared-by-friends email, and 18% watched a flick because was shared on some social network.
The way people consume as well as create content is changing today. You are a perfect example of this changing environment, for you are the content creator in this new digital world, and not anymore a mere consumer.
Consider this for a moment: you may watch videos across several screens, continuously switching between devices, this wasn’t possible before; you can engage with video content, through social networks, therefore creating content; you define trends through liking, viewing, sharing and so on; you may upload your own videos, thus creating new original content; and, above all, you choose the content you’d like to view, for YouTube is a search engine and you can pick what to watch.
So, what do you think about the above? What is your favorite social network? Is it Twitter, YouTube or something else? Share your thoughts here, and start the conversation at Writeca.com.