The popular social networking blog Mashable has declared today Social Media Day, and techie-types across the country are planning Tweetups to celebrate, as Mashable puts it, "the revolution of media becoming social." Locals are planning a lunch at noon at the Area Fifteen conference center in the Optimist Park neighborhood just north of center-city Charlotte.
Whether you think sites like Facebook and YouTube and Twitter are a bunch of crock, they are having an undeniable impact on life and communications today. Check out these statistics, collected by researchers with Experian Simmons:
- Two-thirds of Americans now use social media sites, up about 230 percent from penetration levels just three years ago.
- It's not just kids. Some 41 percent of online adults ages 50 or older visit social networking sites monthly.
- Nearly half of the people who visit social networking sites say they do so multiple times per day.