Numbers Go Bad, Fast

60 seconds on the Internet.
60 seconds on the Internet.

I’d love to cover up my walls with dazzling poster-size infographics. But a heavy drawback is they tend to get outdated quite fast.

Data that was valid a year ago may no longer hold true the next year. That’s more the case with infographics, which quote numbers and statistics from the field of social media and Internet technology.

This infographic is a snapshot of the myriad developments that transpire across the Internet within a short span of 60 seconds: more than 168 million e-mails are sent; 695,000 status updates and 510,040 comments are published on Facebook; Google serves more than 694,445 search queries; 370,000+ minutes of voice calls made over Skype; 20,000 new posts are published on Tumblr; 13,000+ hours of music streaming flows from Pandora; more than 13,000 iPhone apps are downloaded.

It tosses out informational pellets, without indicating the date of its creation. And without knowing the precise period they capture, it’s hard to rely on them as reliable sources of reference.

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