Via Jim Rice

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Thanks Jim for this…

Have you seen this yet?

It’s a video by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman that includes several interesting facts such as:

  • China will soon be the number one English speaking country in the world
  • If MySpace were a country it’d be the fifth largest country in the world
  • 31 billion Google searches are done each month, up from 2.7 billion in 2006
  • The first commercial text message was sent in 1992, the total sent each day now exceeds the entire human population of Earth
  • It took radio 38 years to gain an audience of 50 million, it took Facebook only 2 years


  1. October 28th, 2008 - 6:19 am
    john.cantrell said:

    I think it’s important to note that as ‘new’ as Myspace, Google, Facebook, texting seems to be, it’s relatively old in modern terms.

    What’s next and why? :)

  2. October 28th, 2008 - 6:23 am

    I’d like us all to ask ourselves “what has come out of this increased communication?” Challenge to you all: what has changed?

  3. October 28th, 2008 - 6:29 am

    pretty impressive stats! i love the concept that technology is helping make the world “flat” – greater and faster access to information & knowledge = greater opportunities for innovation!

    aside: i really need to finish “Hot, Flat & Crowded”!

  4. October 28th, 2008 - 7:03 am
    janet.jones said:

    incredible stats!
    i have a few more for you…based on a slide show by Kark Fisch

    Nintendo invested $140 million in R & D (2002).
    The US Federal Gov’t invested less than 1/2 that amount on Research & Innovation in education.

    the top 10 jobs in 2010 didnt even exist 5 years ago…

    there are about 540,000 words in the english language – about 5x as many as in Shakespeares times

    “we are living in exponential times”

  5. October 28th, 2008 - 7:13 am
    john.cantrell said:

    Bruce Mau’s ‘Massive Change’ has a lot of great statistics like this also.

    Who do you think is more innovative? Apple (hardware and software) or Microsoft (software)? (Microsoft spends 9 times more on R&D than Apple)

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