Just the other day, one of my Facebook friends was complaining about all the buzz he sees on Facebook and Twitter about Facebook and Twitter. New media — and social media, especially — can be awfully introspective at times.
But perhaps there are reasons for this. For example, I’m not sure the general public realizes just how big social media can be. And that has to be terribly frustrating for folks who are on the cutting edge of the social media revolution.
Hell, I’m not sure I understand it at times. Especially when I come across information like this that just takes my breath away:
A tiny little invisible speck in the bottom left represents the number of photos in the Library of Congress. The darker pink square shows the photos in Instagram. The next largest shows the content in Flickr.
The huge box, however, represents the number of photos currently in Facebook.
Facebook currently has 140 billion photos, reports 1000 Memories. That’s more than 10,000 times the Library of Congress’ collection.
Yeah. This is worth knowing. Because social media isn’t just a cute little fad. Like it or not, social media is the future of media.