10 Crazy & Relevant Social Media Statistics for 2011
- Between April 2009 and May 2010, Social networking grew 88% among Internet users aged 55-64 (Pew Research)
- Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web (Huffington Post)
- Facebook tops Google for weekly traffic in the U.S. (Hitwise Intelligence Heather Dougherty)
- If Facebook were a country it would be 2-times the size of the United States population and the third largest in the World (Facebook and world population data)
- Twitter had 75 million user accounts in January 2010, with only 15 million using the site regularly. These numbers resulted in 27 million Tweets per day. (Browser Media)
- There are more than 175 million registered Twitter users. It can’t be determined how many of these are active users, but the number of Tweets per day has grown tremendously to 95 million; a 250% increase. (Browser Media)
- LinkedIn has grown by 100% from last year. It currently has over 100 million users across the globe. 56% of these users are not from the United States. (Browser Media)
- Facebook had 350 million active users across the globe in January 2010. Today is has in excess of 640 million – half of which login daily. This figure means Facebook has seen a 40% increase in daily usage over the past year. (Browser Media)
- Facebook users accessing via their mobile device has grown by over 200%. The figure was around 65 million in early 2010. It now numbers upwards of 200 million. This figure reflects the increase in mobile and tablet usage around the world. (Browser Media)
- There are more than 7 billion pieces of content shared on Facebook weekly. This figure has increased from last year’s 3.5 billion. (Browser Media)
So what does it all mean for the Church?
Well first off– when Christians and Churches actively educate themselves on what’s happening with Internet and Social Media trends, they’re really learning about where social interaction and relationships are heading. In order to reach people it’s vitally important to keep current in how the majority of people are choosing to build relationships and interact with others.
I applaud all pastors and digital missionaries who engage in this data and allow it to impact their ministries. To those who fearfully avoid some of these shocking trends– fear not! Just as our Lord has used many other technological advancements to spread the Gospel, He will not allow these opportunities to go to the wayside.
If you know that your interactions on Facebook and other Social Networking outlets could be used to share the Saving Message of Jesus Christ, but shy away from using these outlets to do so, you’re not alone. Many believers are intimidated to become digital missionaries. But remember: “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world”(1 John 4:4). If every church and every Christian chose to consciously engage in Social Media with the goal of spreading the Gospel, think of what an impact we could have on the world and how quickly it could happen!
Where do you begin?
Well, first pray. Pray against the plans of the enemy and pray for strength and protection in every message typed-out and posted for hundreds or potentially thousands of people to read. Pray that the Lord will guide you in every word that you type and every response. Filter everything you present through the Bible and above all remember that this is not a place for anger or harsh words. Every message that is submitted into cyber-space is permanent, so be sure that you are representing Jesus Christ in a righteous manner that He would be proud of.
I would say the next step is to take it slow; one step at a time. Who is in your immediate circle of influence? Are all of those people believers? How can you show the love of Christ to them without being overbearing? Posting a weekly Bible verse is an outstanding way to allow God’s Word to do the work. The Bible teaches us: “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart”(Hebrews 4:12). Whether it’s presented from the pulpit or the computer chair, it’s still God’s Word – amazingly powerful and penetrating with a transforming impact.
It’s truly as simple as being willing to share God’s Word and prepaired to respond to any questions. We always need to be ready to give an account; “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15). You don’t have to be a pastor or Bible scholar to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ on Social Media platforms. You just always need to be prepared not to know how to answer a question and willing to admit that you will “have to look into that further.” The most important thing is not how quickly you respond but how accurately, humbly and clearly you respond and that you always follow-up.
“And as always, remember; Jesus doesn’t make websites but that doesn’t mean He can’t use them!” – Free Church Websites