The Rapid Rise of Social Media
This chart shows how the pace of technological progress has changed over the past century.
It took the radio 38 years to reach 50 million users worldwide. The next revolution came around a little quicker: 13 years passed until 50 million people enjoyed moving images in their own homes.
With the arrival of the internet the pace of technological adoption really picked up: while it still took internet service providers three years to reach 50 million subscribers, the world wide web dramatically enlarged the potential audience for everyone with an innovative product or service.
Facebook, now on track to reach 1 billion users, needed just one year to reach 50 million users and Twitter was even quicker to reach that milestone.
Leading social networks worldwide as of August 2015, ranked by number of active users (in millions)
Global social networks ranked by number of users 2015
Number of monthly active Facebook users worldwide as of 2nd quarter 2015 (in millions)
Facebook: number of monthly active users worldwide 2008-2015
Number of social network users worldwide from 2010 to 2018 (in billions)
Number of global social network users 2010-2018
- Number of global social network users 2010-2018Number of global social network users 2010-2018
- Global social networks ranked by number of users 2015Global social networks ranked by number of users 2015
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