Last month, Facebook announced that the site has over 500 million users, making it the second largest site - Google is the first. According to Wikipedia, Twitter attracts over 190 million monthly users and according to BlogPulse there are over 126 million blogs in the blogosphere.
So what do all these numbers mean? Find out after the jump but first, watch this video on the State of the Internet by Jess3.
According to a study done by Harris Interactive, the LGBT community is more active on social networks like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter than our heterosexual counterparts. In addition, we're also more likely to read and engage with blogs.
According to the June survey of 2,412 U.S adults -- including 271 identifying as gay or lesbian -- 73% of the gay and lesbian respondents reported having a Facebook profile, compared to 65% of heterosexuals. Meanwhile 32% of gays and lesbians said they were members of MySpace, versus 22% of the heterosexual respondents (the proportion of both groups is declining). In the professional arena, 22% of gays and lesbians said they are members of LinkedIn, versus 16% of heterosexuals. 29% of gays and lesbians are on Twitter, versus 15% of heterosexuals.
Gays and lesbians are also more frequent users of social network sites, according to Harris, with 55% saying they visit a social network site at least once a day, compared to 41% of heterosexuals. 30% of gays and lesbians visit several times a day, compared to 17% of heterosexuals.
Turning to other online media, 54% of gay and lesbian respondents said they read blogs, compared to 40% of the heterosexual population. Here the gay and lesbian proportion is up from 51% two years ago and 32% in November 2006. In the latest survey, gays and lesbians were more likely to read blogs about news and current events than heterosexuals (36% vs. 25%). The same is true for blogs about politics (22% vs. 14%) and travel (16% vs. 8%). Unsurprisingly, 35% of gay and lesbian respondents said they read blogs targeting gay and lesbian audiences with identity-specific content.
As an avid user of social media, it astounds me that there are some who still question its purpose. Now is the time when we should be plugged-in. We should be leveraging these platforms to share our ideas and stories with one another. By connecting online, we are able to learn things from one another that we would otherwise never have known.
So tell me, what social media platforms do you use? If you're new to social media, tell me what platforms you would love to know more about.