In 2008 President Barack Obama used social media to help spread his grassroots campaign while raising hundreds of millions in donations. Now as the 2012 Presidential election heats up Obama is not alone in his use of social networking and in many cases Mitt Romney has actually taken the lead.
The team at PeekAnalytics has created an infographic that highlights the comparisons between Obama and Romney’s social networking numbers.
Romney leads Obama with 92% of American’s leaving positive messages about Romney compared to 90% for Obama, while women leave more favorable tweets for the President (43%) to Romney (32%).
The study also found that Pro-Romney supporters tend to be younger and have more money than pro-Obama supports. read more
To better portray how certain demographics use social networking and to show the pull those social networks have over users the team at Go-Gulf.com created a social network infographic.
Some statistics we already knew, for example Facebook rules the pack with 901+ million users. Other facts though are interesting, for example learning that Pinterest is still dominated by 68.2 % women.
Interestingly enough Pinterest users spend the same 405 minutes per month browsing the sites various pins when compared to 405 minutes that users spend on various parts of the Facebook website. read more
We are a connected society, we talk to long lost friends on Facebook, we chat with family members on Twitter, heck we even keep our “frenemies” close by through a digital portal of faux friendship. With that being said some relationships are probably better left alone. For example doctors are now grappling with friend requests from patients. While giving medical advice to an online community or saying hi to a patient is one thing, forming friendships still remains a questionable act. Google+ of course allows for “circles” to be created which is a great way to isolate certain people but it is not necessarily a problem solver.
The team at Mesothelioma Page have attempted to address the issues of Physician use of social media in the 21st century. The study points out that many of today’s top “TV doctors” are engaged online, for example Dr. Oz has over 1 million twitter followers.
On the one hand information can be sensitive and confidential but as the infographic points out, as more doctors hop online and share their studies, beliefs and other information they may actually be helping advance medicine through a shared and open network of suggestions that can only be truly amassed through social media data collection and discussion. read more
Five years ago Facebook announced the Facebook Developer Platform and since it was announced at the 2007 f8 conference with 70 app developers the program has sky rocketed in use. In fact one year after it was first revealed the program already had 30,000 apps.
Adding to Facebook’s reach was the Connect platform in 2008, the first glimpse into third-party website integration for the company.
Eventually we were treated to the Facebook “Like” button, tons of games from the likes of Zynga and the Open Graph.
Fast forward to 2012 and the Facebook developer platform has created more than 182,000 American jobs with an economic value of $12.19 billion.
Throw in Facebook Timeline which is hated by many users but offers the potential for even closer app development integration and its easy to see why Facebook continues its meteoric rise, even as people complain about privacy issues and other Facebook missteps. read more
Facebook “power users” are the most addicted social network users the site has to offer and they make up nearly 20-30% of the social networks user base. If you log into your account multiple times per day, leave messages on friends walls, post constant “Likes” and more you are probably a “power user.”
The team at DemandForce wanted to highlight some of a power users typical site uses and released an infographic to showcase that use.
According to the company a “power user” will “like” content up to 14 times per month and they will share at least nine status updates and contribute 21 comments during that same one month period.
Not only do Facebook power users share more content, they are invited to share more, according to the company 11% of those users are invited to join a Facebook group and 63% of those users have received friend requests in the last one month period. read more
The landscape for major league sports is changing, not in board rooms and locker rooms but rather online. As social media has become more prevalent players are taking to social media networks like Facebook and Twitter in droves and their fans are following right around, creating a fast acting, viral system of support and camaraderie for athletes in various sports.
In celebration of sports new found home a top social media networks the sports medicine company KT Tape has created an awesome infographic that shows how social media has changed the sports we watch and the players we idolize.
Exactly how popular has sports and social media become when wrapped together? When Tim Tebow through an 80-yard lob last year to move the Denver Broncos into the playoffs he broke a Twitter record with 9,000 tweets per second mentioning his name. Then there was Jeremy Lin, a relatively unknown player who’s early season play for the New York Knicks led to the term “Linsanity” and eventually 550,000 followers in a single month.
Social media in sports also isn’t just leveraged in the United States, soccer players Kaka and Ronaldo have become the most followed athletes on Twitter. read more
Facebook professional growth app BranchOut has caught on with Facebook users at a rate of 3 new users per second and now in celebration of the company’s 25 million users milestone the company has released an official infographic that celebrates BranchOut’s growth and its recent $25 million in Series C financing ($49 million to date).
In the infographic some interesting numbers are shared, for example BranchOut took just 16 months to reach 25 million users whereas LinkedIn took 65 months to reach that same level of service. BranchOut also points out that it is more apt to grab a more broad audience including “new college graduates, retail workers, nurses, software engineers and military veterans re-entering the workforce.”
The graphic also shows how reliant the company is on Facebook, using the social network to attract 55% of its user base. The company also shows its global reach with 40% of users in the United States and 60% located at international areas all over the world.
Here’s the official BranchOut infographic: read more
Now that the dust has settled from the SOPA outrage back in January we can look back at how the US Senate attempted to push through an act that would have changed the way the we use the internet and would have most likely put many sites and services (many of which are free) that we use on a day to day basis out of business almost immediately. Many things have been said about SOPA already but the real story that stands out over what happened in the days and weeks running up to and after January 18th is that it brought together websites, businesses and individuals in an unprecedented level of online activism and protest that has never been seen before. The following infographic design looks at what SOPA and PIPA consisted of and the protests that followed.
465 million. That’s the staggering number of Twitter accounts there are in the world, according to the latest infographic design from Infographic Labs. The infographic takes a look at the current state of things at Twitter, which we can all agree has virtually revolutionized “microblogging”.
Other interesting facts that caught our eye: that celebrity statuses only receive 21% of retweets (“interesting content” leads with 92%), and that there are 11 Twitter accounts created every second.read more