15 Facts About Social Media to Kick Start Your New Year

15 Facts About Social Media to Kick Start Your New Year

I can feel it in my bones: 2018 is gonna be a fun year. So let’s start it off the right way by addressing some of the most amusing facts about social media.

You might recall that we did the same thing regarding the internet not too long ago. You’d be right and here it is for your viewing pleasure.


The Twitter Bird has a Name

Who knew, right? Well, his name is Larry, in homage to the Boston Celtics’ forward Larry Bird.

Twitter – a Place to Stalk Your Friends

Twitter was almost given a much creepier name. The site’s former chairman and CEO wanted to call it “Friendstalker,” but thankfully this was deemed inappropriate. It’s not necessarily an inaccurate title though.

Who’s Down for a Dark Roast?

To say the least, Twitter employees are coffee enthusiasts. In fact, Twitter’s HQ alone chugs 585 gallons of the stuff per-week. Even we can’t keep up with that.


Not Sorry

Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” reached two billion views in just under a year.

Grab Your Popcorn

Anywhere from 100 to 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every single minute. So get cozy because there’s a lot to watch.


YouTube’s headquarters is pretty bawler. I mean, employees can take a giant slide to get from one floor to the next. Serious life goal right here.



The most popular Instagram hashtags are as follows:

#beautiful  #instagood #love #tbt #cute #me #tagforlikes #followme #summer #picoftheday #happy #like4likes #fun #art #friends #instadaily #girl #smile #selfie #repost #photooftheday #fashion

So if you want to be noticed by a decent portion of Insta’s 700 million-plus user base we suggest sprinkling a few of these hashtags into your posts where relevant.

A Slice of Trendiness

Insta users post about pizza more than any other food. Unsurprisingly, sushi is the second-most popular food on the site.

Hmm, now I feel peckish.

Mark Your Calendars

Posting at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays is the surest way to garner attention on dear ol’ Instagram.


Fraudsters Ahoy

According to CNN, Facebook contains oodles of fake accounts; 83 million, to be exact. So be careful of who you interact with.

Pushing Buttons

Facebook’s “like” button has been pressed an astonishing 11.3 trillion times.

Being Pulled in Multiple Directions

The average Facebook user connects with around 80 groups, pages, and events.


Persevere the Snapchat Way

The creators of Snapchat developed 34 versions of the site before it became a success. Even Snapchat as we know it was deemed destined to fail by certain critics. Clearly ignoring naysayers isn’t always a bad idea.

Pinterest – Not Dominated by Millennials

Pinterest users’ median age is 40. In other words, half of the site’s users are Gen Xers or older, something which is otherwise only significant on platforms like Facebook.

A Sparsely Visited Site

Unlike almost every other social media platform, LinkedIn users only spend an average of 17 minutes on the site per month. This isn’t really a problem though, as LinkedIn generated almost a billion dollars in profit in Q3 2016.

Social media is an invaluable part of the internet and there are plenty of other neat facts about it that we simply don’t have time to mention. Do your research to find out which ones are best for you or your business.

Greg Plante
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