At this point, who’s not on a social media platform?
Based on a report released by Domo titled ‘Data Never Sleeps’, roughly 59 percent of planet Earth’s population is on some kind of social media platform.
Since the rise of social media, which started in the early 2010s, the number of users increased by 1.5 billion, and the current number stands at 4.57 billion. A six percent increase from January 2019.
Based on the report, in 2020, Spotify adds 28 tracks to its catalogue and TikTok is installed 2,704 times each minute.
Job hunting has also increased as they have seen 69,444 job applications each minute.
Then comes social media. WhatsApp users send close to 42 million messages every minute. While YouTube gets 500 hours of new videos uploaded. As for Facebook, users share 150,000 messages and upload 147,000 photos all in a minute.
But perhaps the biggest winners here are the companies that develop conferencing tools. In just a minute close to 1.4 million people are making video calls.
Due to everyone staying at home because of the coronavirus, online shopping has blown up. Amazon ships 6,659 packages every minute, and that relates to consumers spending US$1 million online and US$3,805 on mobile apps.
Of course, we can’t forget all the shows on Netflix the world has been binging. Every minute, Netflix users stream 404,444 hours of video.
I think it’s safe to say that in 2020, technology has been the saving grace for a lot of people and companies as well.
The ability to use technology to keep day-to-day operations in motion and at the same time, stay in contact with family and friends has shown that we need to understand and further develop more tools, as well as better existing software.