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The Ever-Expanding Social Web and Prayer

About the count, from Gary Hayes - I quickly built and coded the app based on data culled from a range of social media sources and sites at the end of September, 2009.

  • 20 hours of video uploaded every minute onto YouTube (source YouTube blog Aug 09)
  • Facebook 600k new members per day, and photos, videos per month, 700mill & 4 mill respectively (source Inside Facebook Feb 09)
  • Twitter 18 million new users per year & 4 million tweets sent daily (source TechCrunch Apr 09)
  • iPolicy UK — SMS messaging has a bright future (Aug 09)
  • 900,000 blogs posts put up every day (source  Technorati State of the Blogosphere 2008)
  • YouTube daily, 96 million videos watched, $1mill bandwidth costs (source Comscore Jul 06 !)
  • UPDATE: YouTube 1Billion watched per day SMH (2009)- counter updated!
  • Second Life 250k virtual goods made daily, text messages 1250 per second (source  Linden Lab release Sep 09)
  • Money — $5.5 billion on virtual goods (casual & game worlds) even Facebooks gifts make $70 million annually (source Viximo Aug 09)
  • Flickr has 73 million visitors a month who upload 700 million photos (source Yahoo Mar 09)
  • Mobile social network subscribers — 92.5 million at the end of 2008, by end of 2013 rising to between 641.6-873.1 million or 132 mill annually (source Informa PDF)
  • SMS — Over 2.3 trillion messages will be sent across major markets worldwide in 2008 (source Everysingleoneofus sms statistics)

I wonder how these numbers compare to the number of prayers rising as incense before the Throne (Revelation 8:2-4).   As I heard earlier today, “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”

About Jason Hardin

Jason Hardin lives in central Ohio with his wife Shelly, three daughters, and a vicious miniature Yorkie. He works with the Laurel Canyon church of Christ. Jason is the author of Boot Camp, Hard Core, and Hello, I’m Your Bible, as well as a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, minions, and Venti cups of coffee.

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