Jan 25, 2023 | Social Media & User-Generated Content
Twitter accounts with the most followers worldwide 2023
As of January 2023, former U.S. President Barack Obama was the most followed person on Twitter. His account was followed by over 133 million people. Second-ranked was Twitter CEO Elon Musk with over 127 million followers.
Twitter provides a near-instant access channel to celebrities. The majority of the top ten most-followed Twitter accounts are entertainers who use the medium to communicate with fans, spread relevant news regarding their work or work on their public image. The near-instant gratification through a stream of direct updates from celebrities or personalities as well as the feeling of belonging to a particular group of fans is a popular reason for social media users to use Twitter. In order to establish authenticity of identity on Twitter, accounts of people from high-interest areas such as music, fashion, entertainment, politics, media, business or other areas as well as individuals at high risk of impersonation are verified by Twitter. The verification badge symbolizes that the account is maintained by a legitimate source.
Major sporting events and industry award shows such as the Super Bowl, the Grammy Awards or Academy Awards generate lots of online buzz on Twitter. The online discussion allows users to participate in the success of celebrities who often post behind-the-scenes photo tweets or commentaries. On-set or in-concert tweets are further methods of celebrities enhancing their appeal, and level of fan interaction.
In 2021, Samsung retook the market leader position within the global semiconductor industry with a market share of 12.3 percent. Intel ranked second among vendors, occupying a market share of 12.2 percent.
U.S. semiconductor companies
Among the biggest semiconductor companies, a large proportion are based in the United States. In addition to Intel, notable U.S. semiconductor vendors include Micron Technology, Qualcomm, and Broadcom. As a whole, U.S. semiconductor companies account for around 50 percent of the global market, ahead of several Asia-Pacific countries such as South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and China.
The global semiconductor industry develops components for use across a range of applications including for smartphones, personal computers (PCs), and data centers. In addition to these products, demand for automotive semiconductors is set to grow as cars become smarter and more connected. However, a semiconductor shortage at the start of 2021 affected a number of major carmakers and suppliers, resulting in a slowdown in vehicle production.
Leopard 2 tank inventories in European and NATO countries 2021
In January 2023, almost one year after Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, pressure is mounting for European and NATO countries to provide additional military hardware to Ukraine, particulary main battle tanks such as the Leopard 2. The German-made tank is widely used across Europe and the NATO alliance and could potentially be supplied in significant numbers to the Ukrainian army. The ability to do this largely depends on the approval of the German government however, as re-exporting the tanks to Ukaine legally requires their permission. So far, the Germany government has been reticent to do this, but has come under increasing pressure to not only allow this, but to supply tanks to Ukraine directly.
Doomsday Clock: minutes to midnight each year 1947-2023
In January 2023, the Doomsday Clock was moved to 90 seconds to midnight - this is the closest the hand has been to midnight since the clock was created in 1947. The clock is a metaphor of how close humanity is to destroying itself, with midnight representing the end of human civilization. The hand's placement originally depended on how close the world was to nuclear annihilation, taking factors such as conflict and political instability into account, however it has also included the threat of climate change since 2007. The clock's hand is set annually by members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Sciences, and its position can move closer to or further from midnight, depending on the current state of global affairs. Reasons for the most recent move include the war in Ukraine, global pandemics, and the continued perceived inaction in the face of climate change.
As of January 23, there were two mass shootings in the United States in 2023. This is compared to one mass shooting in 1982, one in 2000, and 12 mass shootings in 2022.
The United States sees the most school shootings in the world. Some motivations for school shootings included depression, seeking revenge, and bullying. As a result of the large amount of school shootings, gun control has become a central topic in U.S. politics. This widespread problem happens across the United States; however California saw the highest number of K-12 school shootings in the United States since 1970. However, the deadliest school shooting (as of May 2022) was the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. This tragedy left 33 dead and 17 injured.
Mass shooting issues
Mass shootings happen when there are several injuries or deaths from a firearm-related violence. Throughout the last century, mass shootings have become an epidemic in the United States. However, despite the increase in mass shootings and number of casualties, the U.S. government has done little to prevent future shootings from happening. As a result of the lack of cooperation in politics, mass shootings have become the most common political issue that Generation Z is stressed about as of 2018. Furthermore, the right to bear arms is a popular belief in the U.S., although the percentage of households in the United States owning at least one firearm has remained somewhat steady since 1972.
As of January 2023, Colombian superstar Shakira's most watched music videos on YouTube were the 2010 FIFA World Cup song "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" and "Chantaje", with Colombian artist Maluma, registering 3.45 billion and 2.8 billion views each. Shakira was already among the most famous Latin artists on YouTube, being the only female artist to appear twice in the top ten most viewed music videos by Latin American artists, besides owning the most popular YouTube channel in Colombia by number of views and subscribers.
Numbers (and hips) don’t lie
Besides being one of the artists with the highest number of Latin Grammy awards and owning some of the most popular Facebook and Instagram accounts worldwide, Shakira has a new milestone in her career. Released on January 12, 2023, her new single “Bzrp Music Sessions #53" video, a collaboration with Argentinian producer Bizarrap, broke the world record of the most watched new song from a Latin artist on YouTube, reaching more than 82 million views in its first 24 hours. As of January 25, 2023, the video registered more than 194 million views on the platform.
A record-breaking heartbreak
Informally known as "Out of Your League", in a rough translation of one of its verses, Shakira’s new single is a jibe at her break-up with Barcelona's football player Gerard Piqué in 2022, where among many provocations, the singer compared herself to a Rolex and Piqué’s girlfriend to a Casio watch. Four days after its release, the sole mention of Casio and Rolex brands in her new track generated respective amounts of 70 and 40 million U.S. dollars in Media Impact Value (MIV) for the companies.
Leading mobile apps in the United States 2023, by unique visitors
In September 2022, the YouTube's mobile app was the most popular smartphone app in the United States, with approximately 157.8 million unique monthly users in the country on iOS and Android combined. Gmail followed with approximately 128.8 million monthly active users, while Facebook ranked third with over 126 million active users in the examined month.
Mobile social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, are still among the most popular social apps for mobile users in the country. However, video apps YouTube and TikTok have quickly become users' favorite social media. As of March 2021, social video apps reported the highest user engagement rates among iOS users in the United States, with users spending 8.7 hours weekly on TikTok and more than five hours weekly on YouTube. In June 2021, the popular short-video app TikTok was counting more than 6.1 million downloads from iOS users in the United States.
U.S. adults time spent per day on Netflix, TikTok, and YouTube 2020-2024
According to a survey conducted in 2022, adults in the United States spent on average 46 minutes per day on TikTok. By 2024, it is estimated that adults in the U.S. will spend an average of 48 minutes per day on the social short-video platform. Overall, more time was spent on Netflix than on YouTube and TikTok in 2022, with the popular video streaming platform seeing an average of 60 minutes per day.
Gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate in China 2012-2027
According to latest figures published by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the growth of real gross domestic product (GDP) in China amounted to 3.0 percent in 2022. This was slightly lower than forecasts published by the IMF in October 2022. For 2023, IMF predictions from October 2022 expect a GDP growth rate of around 4.4 percent.
Real GDP growth
The current gross domestic product is an important indicator of the economic strength of a country. It refers to the total market value of all goods and services that are produced within a country per year. When analyzing year-on-year changes, the current GDP is adjusted for inflation, thus making it constant. Real GDP growth is regarded as a key indicator for economic growth as it incorporates constant GDP figures. As of 2021, China was among the leading countries with the largest gross domestic product worldwide, second only to the United States which had a GDP volume of almost 23 trillion U.S. dollars. The Chinese GDP has shown remarkable growth over the past years. Upon closer examination of the distribution of GDP across economic sectors, a gradual shift from an economy heavily based on industrial production towards an economy focused on services becomes visible, with the service industry outpacing the manufacturing sector in terms of GDP contribution.
Key indicator balance of trade
Another important indicator for economic assessment is the balance of trade, which measures the relationship between imports and exports of a nation. As an economy heavily reliant on manufacturing and industrial production, China has reached a trade surplus over the last decade, with a total trade balance of around 677 billion U.S. dollars in 2021.
Top selling physical music albums South Korea 2022
In 2022, the best-selling physical music album in South Korea was the compilation album "Proof" by K-pop powerhouse BTS, having sold around 3.5 million copies. With many parts of the global music industry moving away from physical sales to digital downloads and streaming, K-pop is a prominent exception. Through a combination of buying incentives, fandom culture, and the increasing popularity of K-pop, the genre has retained its larger focus on physical sales compared to many other genres.
Incentives to buy physical albums
One famous example of incentivizing the buying of physical albums that commonly occurs in the U.S. music industry is the bundling of merchandising or concert tickets with physical albums. This is not a common practice in the K-pop industry. Instead, each album offers unique merchandising and photobook concepts. Oftentimes, multiple versions of the same album will be released alongside several randomized collectible photo cards. Additionally, gaining entrance to fan signs is usually based on a lottery system which is entered by purchasing physical albums, with one album equaling one ticket. This phenomenon is mainly confined to the K-pop industry specifically, rather than being a feature of the larger South Korean music industry. As such, successful releases tend to differ between physical and digital rankings, with physical sales reflecting fandom buying power, and digital sales reflecting the taste of the general public. Physical rankings are generally dominated by K-pop artists, while digital rankings tend to be more diverse, with favored genres being ballads, OSTs, and trot music.
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