Blog 5: Social Media Revolution by: Erik Qualman (YouTube)

I really enjoyed watching this short YouTube clip. It’s the coolest thing, full of fun and interesting facts.  This YouTube post is full of current information about the Internet. Its only 5min along I would recommend you take the time and watch it.

I loved all the facts, a few I like and that really caught my interest:

  • 50% of the world’s populations are under that age of 30.
  • Twitter, Facebook, Google, and YouTube are NOT welcome in China
  • Social gamers will by $6 billion in ‘virtual goods’ by 2013 when movie goers buy only $2.5 million in ‘real goods.’
  • 90% of consumers trust peer recommendations
  • Babies in Egypt have been named ‘Facebook.’

This clip really inspired me, and kind of freaked me out.  Knowing that 50% of the world’s population is under 30yrs old really stood out to me. Humans are growing, being born, and living longer more and more each day. We are going to over populate the Earth, thank really freaks me out. I wouldn’t call my self an eco-freak, but I do care and love my Earth. It very painful for me to see field and forest and beaches being distorted so humans can live.

I know about China banning Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Google, it still surprises me. I have been there and had problems contacting my family  (via email), because Gmail was unavailable.  I still find it amazing that some people in the world are completely disconnected from the rest of the world. But then I think to my self and try to see life through they lives. The Chinese student I met was pleasant and nice. She wasn’t distracted by her phone, wasn’t glued to her tablet, and we had a wonderful conversation about life and the views from where we stood and everyone seemed less busy/distracted.

I have family in Ireland it was only about 5 years ago that they got a computer. It took my cousin who was my age) almost a year to get an email account, Facebook, and figure out how iTunes works. She finally stopped asking me questions about how to do things online about a year ago. But in her eyes and with her way of life you didn’t and still really don’t need to have computers, iPhones, and other technologies to make life easier or more fun.

In conclusion the clip was something that would take to long to describe in a blog, so I suggest you watch it and be amazing as I was.  Erik Qualman quoted himself in the clip saying, “We don’t have a choice on whether we DO social media, the question is how well we DO it.” I really liked this quote and how we should and ‘do’ use social media. At the end Qualman has a fun clip of what happens in Vegas no longer stays in Vegas, which leads to this statement, “Word of Mouth is on Digital Steroids… World of Mouth.”

“Social Media Revolution!”




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