So I was reading this article about the prediction that the revenue that Facebook is generating might have hit a plateau.
Although I found this very interesting what really got my attention is the fact that Facebook currently has 846 million members. This got me thinking about what percentage of the world population is using Facebook. I discovered that the current population of the world is just over 7 billion. That means that 12% of the world is currently using Facebook.
At first this did not seem like a large percentage of people that are connected to the social media giant. I did some digging around to find different statistics to compare Facebook users to. I discovered that Twitter ( as of the end of 2011) has 300 million members, which adds up to about 4 percent of the world.
To be able to visualize how big 12% of the world really is, I started to look at percentages of population in the world. I discovered that ALL OF EUROPE accounts for just over 733 million people, which adds up to 11% of the worlds population.
WOW!! Talk about how social media is brining our world together.
This whole process of figuring out population sizes got me thinking about how an activity like this would be a great student directed project for a social studies and math unit. Looking at a population group of their choice and figuring out where that population stands in size compared to the rest of the world.