You ever run across a stat that makes you sit up and take notice right away? That’s what happened to me today when I saw this chart on the growth of the Internet since 2000. Money quote:
“There were only 361 million Internet users in 2000, in the entire world. For perspective, that’s barely two-thirds of the size of Facebook today.”
Emphasis, for a change, from the original. But, oh, so worth it. ‘Cause… wow. That’s crazy. And if that’s not enough, AT&T reported that customers connected to its Wi-Fi network 106.9 million times in the 3rd quarter of 2010. Put another way, that’s over 21 million more connections than were made in all of 2009. AT&T! Again… wow.
Which makes me wonder, how does your business growth compare? Probably not as well. Is it possible you’re leaving opportunities on the table here?
If so, here are some ideas on putting the Internet’s growth to work for you:
- Given that Facebook now has more members than were on the Internet as a whole 10 years ago, you should check out Mashable’s great post on 4 winning strategies for social media optimization. Good stuff.
- Video consumption on the Internet is a huge part of why consumes are making use of the web more. So check out Maureen Page’s guest post on tips for using videos to promote your business right here on thinks.
- Of course, the Internet works even better when combined with other media channels. Which is why I like Social Media Examiner’s look at how to integrate social media with traditional media. Well worth your time.
Enjoy the reads this week, folks. And I hope they help you grow your business as fast as the Internet. Got any tips you’d like to share? Drop me an email or tell us all about them in the comments.
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