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Studies on Twitter and Facebook Usage Support Peep :comments

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Tags: production, Video sharing, Voyeurism

Okay, so first off a Neilsen study has concluded that total minutes spent on social networking sites has increased 83% from 2008 to 2009. Facebook and Twitter are, not surprisingly, the big time-suckers in all this. Facebook time increased 700% percent, from 1.7 billion minutes to 13.9 billion minutes. (This is in the US only.) Meanwhile, Twitter experienced growth of, get this, 3712%. See the chart below for the whole breakdown.

In the Peep Diaries I argue that we’re replacing other entertainment options with peep entertainment options like social networks. These numbers certainly support that contention.

There’s also a new study that just came out of Harvard. This study looked at 30,000 Twitter users in May 2009. It concluded that the typical Twitter user doesn’t actually do much tweeting. Over half the Twitter users tweet “less than once very 74 days.” (see chart below) There are a small number of twitter users, 10%, who dominate the tweetverse: “the top 10% of prolific Twitter users accounted for over 90% of tweets.”

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So what does all this mean? Well my take on it has always been that we like to watch, that we are, in fact, conditioned to watch by our popular culture, which is dominated by television and movies. I’d argue that the default position we take in regards to mass media phenomenon is always to watch. Over time, we learn to also contribute, but first we have to “break the seal” and get comfortable with the notion. On Facebook, we’ve broken the seal and become very comfortable, probably too comfortable, with sharing everything and anything. We’re only starting to get comfortable on Twitter, so it’ll be interesting to see how things play out.




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Hal: I’m working on an interesting story that I might be able to tie you in on. Can you e-mail me and perhaps we can talk on the phone? I am writing a story for a skiing magazine about a couple of high profile deaths that were actually filmed fairly recently (however, those videos have not been ever released). The action sports community are HUGE users of the social media space - especially YouTube - and I think that there might be a link between risky behaviour and exhibitionism, and that YouTube and other upload video sites are not only a conduit to this kind of behaviour, they encourage it and might even legitimize it to some degree - might you agree? Would like to hear your thoughts.

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