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52 cool facts and stats about social media (2012 edition) →

PR Daily put together a list of social media facts and figures. Here are some of our favorites.

2. Links about sex are shared 90 percent more than any other link.
FJP: Sexy is as sexy is. We’re not surprised by this one.

4. 25 percent of users don’t bother with any kind of privacy control.
FJP: They’re referencing Facebook here. You really should hit up the privacy controls. Especially since FB shifts things about fairly frequently.

10. Twitter handles more search queries per month than Bing and Yahoo combined (24 billion versus 4.1 billion and 9.4 billion respectively).
FJP: People who use Bing say it’s actually pretty good. After initially exploring it, I’ve personally never had a reason to default back to it.

13. Members are on track to make more than 5.3 billion searches on [LinkedIn] in 2012.
14. LinkedIn’s revenue has doubled every quarter for the last two years. 
FJP: That is astounding.

18. The most watched non-commercial video [on YouTube] is “Charlie Bit My Finger Again,” with more than 458 million views.
FJP: Let us repeat — That is astounding.

25. 35 percent of corporate bloggers worked in a journalism, media or professional writing role.
FJP: So, if this journalism thing doesn’t work out we might find a home?

26. Pinterest drives more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn combined.
FJP: It’s a good model this — Users post visual candy. Others eat it up and click through to the source. Wonder if that was a planned or a happy accident on Pinterest’s part.

30. 97 percent of the fans of Pinterest’s Facebook page are women.
FJP: Looking for other brands that skew so radically to a gender.

36. “Student” is the number one occupation of Google+ users.
FJP: But does “student” actually post, plus 1 and otherwise interact on the platform?

40. More than 42 percent of Google+ users are single.
FJP: So we’re the socially awkward, single set? Maybe I’m just projecting.

45. Justin Bieber is the only person with a perfect Klout score of 100 (says it all, then).
FJP: Yes, yes it does.

49. China is the No. 1 country in the world for smartphone use, with approximately 1 billion users.
FJP: Step one in world domination?

52. One in five couples meet online; three in five gay couples meet online.
FJP: 50% of the FJP is single, and online… just saying.

PR Daily: 52 cool facts and stats about social media (2012 edition).

The article makes a point of quoting Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, for a contrary view on warming.

Why? If there was an earthquake, the Times would not seek out a denier of earthquakes. If this was an article on medicine, the Times would not automatically seek out the views of a homeopath or acupuncturist. If this was an article on astronomy, you (the Times) would not make an obligatory pilgrimage to the UFO community. Yet on climate change… you bow again and again to the immense vested interests that fund the climate denial industry. This does not give your readers balance – in fact, it distorts their views of the actual facts.

Mr Ebell’s organisation receives substantial funding from Exxon Mobil, a point not mentioned in this article.

Letter to the editor of the New York Times, eviscerating their “balanced” reporting on climate change. It’s a must read letter, here. (via climateadaptation)

FJP: May we draw your attention to Jay Rosen’s View from Nowhere.

In Memoriam: Facts, 360 BCE - 2012 CE →

We are saddened to learn about the passing of Facts:

To the shock of most sentient beings, Facts died Wednesday, April 18, after a long battle for relevancy with the 24-hour news cycle, blogs and the Internet. Though few expected Facts to pull out of its years-long downward spiral, the official cause of death was from injuries suffered last week when Florida Republican Rep. Allen West steadfastly declared that as many as 81 of his fellow members of the U.S. House of Representatives are communists.

Facts held on for several days after that assault — brought on without a scrap of evidence or reason — before expiring peacefully at its home in a high school physics book. Facts was 2,372.

"It’s very depressing," said Mary Poovey, a professor of English at New York University and author of "A History of the Modern Fact." "I think the thing Americans ought to miss most about facts is the lack of agreement that there are facts. This means we will never reach consensus about anything. Tax policies, presidential candidates. We’ll never agree on anything."

Facts was born in ancient Greece, the brainchild of famed philosopher Aristotle. Poovey said that in its youth, Facts was viewed as “universal principles that everybody agrees on” or “shared assumptions.”

Rex W. Huppke, Chicago Tribune. After years of health problems, Facts has finally died.

In a culture that favors sensation, the fact checker is an anomaly, perhaps even anathema. He is the brakes on editors and writers racing toward deadline intent on dazzling readers at the expense of edifying them. He is the schoolmarm tsk tsking. He is the public defender for the unrepresented, the downtrodden, the forgotten—the facts.