Report: Social Media Experienced Strong Growth in 2010

As reported at The Creative Department, a recent report comparing the growth of social media and email revealed that both experienced healthy increases in 2010.

According to analysis from the blog Royal Pingdom, Twitter added 100 million accounts last year and hosted some 25 billion Tweets. Facebook added 250 million new users and surpassed 600 million users worldwide. About 70 percent of Facebook members reside outside of the United States, according to the report.

Facebook users also shared 30 billion pieces of content each month throughout 2010, uploaded 20 million videos each month and installed 20 million applications, including such popular games as Farmville and Cityville, each day.

As for email, there were 107 trillion messages sent last year, which averages to 294 billion per day. There were 2 billion email users with a total of 3 billion email accounts. In all, email grew by nearly 500 million users in 2010, the report found.

Facebook’s dominance among social media is well documented. According to a report from marketing firm L2, the site’s members account for one in 12 people on the planet. Members spend more than 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook, and the site accounts for 25 percent of all U.S. page views.

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