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Over 10B Social Network Accounts Created Already

CmdrTaco posted about 3 years ago | from the each-one-unique-and-valuable dept.

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siliconbits writes "Analyst firm In-stat has calculated that well over 10 billion social networking and online world accounts have been created by the end of 2010 with nearly half of them (4.5 billion) still active. The growth of free social networking websites like Facebook or Twitter can be credited for the exponential rise in the number of so-called SNOW accounts. Where before, virtual worlds were the realm of paid-for subscription-based gaming services like World of Warcraft, the pervasiveness and ease of access of the newcomers means that more people are creating accounts online than ever before."

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SNOW account (4, Interesting)

just_another_sean (919159) | about 3 years ago | (#35679364)

...rise in the number of so-called SNOW accounts.

What's a SNOW account?

Re:SNOW account (5, Insightful)

HForN (1095499) | about 3 years ago | (#35679394)

"...10 billion social networking and online world accounts..."

I would say Social Networking and Online World account.

Re:SNOW account (1)

farmdawgnation (2030812) | about 3 years ago | (#35679400)

What's a SNOW account?

I'm not sure either, but it makes me think of snow cones..... Google searching for this term didn't render much. :-\

Re:SNOW account (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35679408)

...rise in the number of so-called SNOW accounts.

What's a SNOW account?

Proof that you're too fucking lazy to google a term.

Re:SNOW account (2)

croddy (659025) | about 3 years ago | (#35679516)

There's nothing in the first page of Google results. This appears to be a case of the submitter using an unknown buzzword.

Re:SNOW account (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35679628)

FTFY

This appears to be a case of the submitter creating new buzzwords.

Re:SNOW account (1)

just_another_sean (919159) | about 3 years ago | (#35679552)

Oh good idea! Why didn't I think of that. Duh! [google.com]

Apparently a SNOW account [junctionnational.com] is a type of bank checking account for people wealthy enough to leave a $10K minimum in there account. Wait, that doesn't seem right.

Oh, OK, it's about sorting permissions [techrepublic.com] on a certain release of Mac OS X. Hmm, still doesn't seem to fit.

Help me out here, there's a bunch more; stuff about a Megan Snow, more about Mac OS X, none of them seem to fit the nature of the article. At which result in this "google" search you suggested am I supposed to be looking?

Re:SNOW account (1)

kdemetter (965669) | about 3 years ago | (#35692500)

Just search for 'social snow account' , and take the first entry. Then search for 'social snow account' on that page , it contains instructions on how to find the information you seek.

Re:SNOW account (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 3 years ago | (#35686524)

login+pass.

it's just a new name invented for the sake of this "study".

besides than everything else wrong with the calculation(and the starting logic for doing it..).. they should've calculated all bbs's too. and forums. and everything. making the average accounts per person jump to such a high number that the calculation tells nothing. they could've just as well said 50 billion.

but they don't want to portray themselfs as online expers, but as "social network" experts. the difference? a social network expert has to know nothing more than an average user.

10 billion (3)

SSKennel (22926) | about 3 years ago | (#35679372)

Four billion of which are Twitter spam bots.

Re:10 billion (1)

sxedog (824351) | about 3 years ago | (#35679828)

Four billion of which are Twitter spam bots.

I think you might have set the bar a little low... :)

Cool - new acronym to use on /. (2)

Tigger's Pet (130655) | about 3 years ago | (#35679402)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you IANASNOW. Well, I'm not. What would be more interesting to me, from a statistical point of view, is;-
a) how many of those 'still active' accounts are actually 'still used', and how many are dead accounts that people just couldn't be arsed to go through the agro of trying to close down
b) how many people actually own those 10bn accounts? I'm sure that there are many people out there who have a Twitter, FB, My[ ], WoW, 2nd Life etc - so how many billion individual people are actually on social networking / on-line world accounts.

Statistically I suspect that will show that I am still, statistically at least, 'normal'.

Re:Cool - new acronym to use on /. (1)

game kid (805301) | about 3 years ago | (#35679770)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you IANASNOW.

I know you meant roughly "I am not a social networking [or] online world [user]", but it does make me wonder whether Mark Zuckerberg can snow IANA with enough money to give him his very own IP address system. I mean, given the whole Newark school thing and that Facebook has its own AS number [arin.net] ...

Re:Cool - new acronym to use on /. (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about 3 years ago | (#35680498)

and that Facebook has its own AS number [arin.net]...

Pretty much any multihomed installation with multiple distinct providers is going to have its own AS number, its more or less required if you want multipath routing to work well with multiple upstream providers if you want any control over your routing.

I have my own AS number as my house was once multi-homed.

Re:Cool - new acronym to use on /. (1)

VolciMaster (821873) | about 3 years ago | (#35680722)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you IANASNOW. Well, I'm not.

And yet here you are on /. posting to a social community under a non-AC account....

Re:Cool - new acronym to use on /. (0)

cecilgol (977329) | about 3 years ago | (#35682700)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you IANASNOW. Well, I'm not.

And yet here you are on /. posting to a social community under a non-AC account....

qft

Re:Cool - new acronym to use on /. (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 3 years ago | (#35681890)

Don't expect to get that info from Facebook. Their profit model is based on the layman's assumption that 1 account=1 consumer.

Re:Cool - new acronym to use on /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35684240)

IWNASNOW

I created a Diaspora account ("seed" in their lingo) a couple of days ago out of curiosity about the hype.Nothing much to see there yet unless you're terribly curious about the project. In case you're only mildly curious here are some observations:

It doesn't really do much. The feature set is really spartan at the moment. Some features come online and go offline from day to day in the daily builds. If you want something that works, sign up for facebook and/or twitter.

I snooped around a bit and figured out how to get a rough figure on how many user profiles it has. Each profile has a public URL which ends with a number. The most recently created profile has the top number. There seem to be about 60,000 profiles on the two biggest servers (pods). Those who have posted pictures or tagged themselves seem to be geeks. There are about 60 people tagged #linux and about 40 people tagged #diaspora. Male/female percentages seems to be about 84% males, 16% females.

They can't really get these numbers properly (2)

SimonUK (2030056) | about 3 years ago | (#35679418)

These numbers really cant be real, there isn't any real way to getting these numbers apart from the soucrce of the website, even then the numbers will be constantly changing and huge huge numbers of the accounts are fakes, inactive or bots.

Re:They can't really get these numbers properly (2)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | about 3 years ago | (#35679454)

Are you implying that a website or social networking site would, um, exaggerate their number of subscribers to appear more relevant or extract higher revenues from their advertisers? Why, I've never ;-)

gets scary when they're required (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35679426)

Increasingly, a FB account is a required thing. OK, it's not "required" in the sense that it's illegal not to have one. But you become excluded from more and more things, these days even including jobs. Your FB is almost your main internet ID now. When people want to contact me online, they no longer ask for my email. It's all about FB.

Trouble is, as FB more and more *becomes* the internet, those who want to avoid the privacy issues get locked out of more and more things. It'll be "optional" in the same way the internet is "optional". Nobody has to use it. But if you don't you'll be little more than a virtual hermit.

Re:gets scary when they're required (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35679726)

Hmm... nope.

And how many people use them more than once? (2)

ackthpt (218170) | about 3 years ago | (#35679440)

I have a twitter account and clear out followers now and then. Most of them seem to be of the sort which sign up, post a link to their secret fat burning system and then disappear (Remove unwanted fat - Deluxe In-Home Guillotine Kit!)

In some headline I saw somewhere, could even have been /., 0.5% do 80% of the nattering.

Squeaky wheels and the cattle who listen to them, I guess.

Re:And how many people use them more than once? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35684678)

they are just like flies everywhere, annoying, disgusting.

10 billion accounts: 7 Billion people on Earth? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35679442)

So, there are 10 Billion social network accounts and only 7 billion people on Earth. People, there can only be one answer!

Space Liens are using Earth's social network sites!

Alien's, if you're reading this now, you have everything to fear! Stay hidden!

More than likely, you're pretty tasty and if you have an orifice, you're probably a good fuck for many people out there!

Hide for your LIVES!!!

Re:10 billion accounts: 7 Billion people on Earth? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 3 years ago | (#35679558)

So, there are 10 Billion social network accounts and only 7 billion people on Earth. People, there can only be one answer!

Space Liens are using Earth's social network sites!

Alien's, if you're reading this now, you have everything to fear! Stay hidden!

More than likely, you're pretty tasty and if you have an orifice, you're probably a good fuck for many people out there!

Hide for your LIVES!!!

If they're on the intarwebs already they know where you are hiding. Fear not, stout fellow, they aren't here to abduct and probe you, they're here to bore you with the details of their dreary lives on Planet 470932, where life has degenerated to the point they watch Flash ads from Earth for the thrill of it.

Re:10 billion accounts: 7 Billion people on Earth? (1)

Neil Boekend (1854906) | about 3 years ago | (#35686460)

I was wondering about that to, but I guess they added Facebook, Twitter, Hyves and everything else. These demograpics overlap a lot. I would presume 95% of the people who have a Hyves account would have a Facebook and a twitter account as well. This would lower the total people to about 5G. Add a percentage of spammers (guestimated at 50%) and you have only 2.5G left. Remove padding by the operators of those networks and my guess would be about 1G. Still a lot, but not more than the total number of people on this planet. If you chose to remove the aliens, I'd guess only 1M would be left. I however would like to welcome the aliens, and wouldn't exclude them.

huge number (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35679444)

Over 10B Social Network Accounts Created Already - thats a lot! Really a lot! This figure even scares me!

Michele [hoodiait.com]

10B seems low. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35679512)

I've created several thousand, and that's not even counting my slashdot accounts. Took me quite a few tries over the years to finally get a palindromic account id.

This means that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35679546)

This means that about a quarter of the people in the world have and use a Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and Flickr account. What I want to know is how we get accounts active for the other three quarters of the world?

Ugh (2)

manitee (2974) | about 3 years ago | (#35679556)

"The growth of free social networking websites like Facebook or Twitter can be credited for the exponential rise in the number of so-called SNOW accounts. Where before, virtual worlds were the realm of paid-for subscription-based gaming services like World of Warcraft, the pervasiveness and ease of access of the newcomers means that more people are creating accounts online than ever before."

Comparing a website to a 3d persistent game world is beyond dumb. While both have a social interactivity component, they are completely different animals and experiences, their only commonality being that they are online.

Re:Ugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35682930)

Yes, and there are different things involved also.

"[..]some others may also have multiple accounts for various different reasons like keeping interests separated from each other or acting within different groups"

"[..]it depends on whether you consider a member as being an account that exists on the system or a unique individual"

http://tron-delta.org/en/news-articles/latest-news/does-facebook-have-500-million-users.php

The greatest source of free intelligence gathering (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35679560)

Arguably, the greatest source of free intelligence gathering on the entire planet. Seriously, though, it's not like terrorists bent on mass terror are going to exploit this. The good guys use social networks to catch dumb criminals. Spouses use it to catch dumb spouses. And useless, mindless conversations occur constantly, perpetuating marketing revenue. God, I love America.

Re:The greatest source of free intelligence gather (1)

Neil Boekend (1854906) | about 3 years ago | (#35686468)

It may be the greatest source of free intelligence on the entire planet. However, the signal to noise ration sucks.

They are easy to create (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35679732)

I have somewhere around a hundred of them.

There just may be some duplicates (1)

Diesel Dave (95048) | about 3 years ago | (#35679790)

2009 est world population 6,775,235,741.

Re:There just may be some duplicates (1)

gman003 (1693318) | about 3 years ago | (#35679812)

I was thinking how many fictional-person accounts there are. Plus every cat/dog/other pet that has an "account". Plus all the fake accounts - Fake Steve Jobs, etc.

Re:There just may be some duplicates (1)

MrLogic17 (233498) | about 3 years ago | (#35679858)

Account != Human.

I know several people with seperate work & personal accounts.

My 3 dogs each have a Facebook account. Back when Farmville was cool, it made things a lot easier.

Re:There just may be some duplicates (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35680742)

When was Farmville cool??

Re:There just may be some duplicates (1)

sandytaru (1158959) | about 3 years ago | (#35681474)

I had 30 accounts at the height of my Farmville game. (It wasn't an addiction: I could quit at any time, although I made sure to exploit the hell out of it before I did.) The little baby accounts fed my main account the 16 farmville buck Mystery Boxes, so I could unlock the mystery box blue ribbon. The accounts have since been passed on to friends playing other games since I've decided to ignore Zynga. I still get the occasional FB notice about reconnecting with them, so they haven't been swept away just yet.

The military is gettin into it with fake personas (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35680140)

The Guardian [guardian.co.uk] disclosed that a "Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an 'online persona management service' that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world."

A program called Operation Metalgear [anonnews.org] "involves an army of fake cyber personalities immersed in social networking websites for the purposes of manipulating the mass population via influence, crawling information from major online communities (such as Facebook), and identifying anonymous personalities via correlating stored information from multiple sources to establish connections between separate online accounts, using this information to arrest dissidents and activists who work anonymously."

Here's an opportunity along those lines [googleusercontent.com] : US Air Force seeking software that "will allow 10 personas per user, replete with background, history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally and geographacilly [sic] consistent." And "individual applications will enable an operator to exercise a number of different online persons from the same workstation and without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries." Finally, "personas must be able to appear to originate in nearly any part of the world and can interact through conventional online services and social media platforms. The service includes a user friendly application environment to maximize the user's situational awareness by displaying real-time local information."

Re:The military is gettin into it with fake person (1)

k6mfw (1182893) | about 3 years ago | (#35683438)

>to control up to 10 separate identities

This reminds me of a satire (Mad or Cracked magazine) on how the military can create impression of more units than they have. One concept presented are tanks with large mirrors mounted in front facing the vehicle, likewise for the rear. Multiple reflections creates illusion of a column of hundreds of tanks (like what you see when standing between two mirrors). Another were inflatable soldier standups like those that when pushed over they right themselves back up. These are described as lightweight, quickly inflatable and easy transport (shows a suitcase titled, "Caution: Contains US Army").

Regarding all these social networks, I think many are simply alias of same people (same person will have one for their regular persona, and several others for their alternative personas). There may be several others where people lost password so they create another. And a lot of others with too much time to spare (except posting to /. of course).

Theres only about 7 billion people on the planet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35680386)

The funny thing is that there's only about 7 billion people on the planet. Where are the other 3 billion coming from if Facebook policies specify that you can not make a fake account?

Re:Theres only about 7 billion people on the plane (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35682416)

I have dozens of fake accounts and I troll them senseless.

Re:Theres only about 7 billion people on the plane (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35686506)

That's not really efficient. Trolling your own accounts is even more useless than trolling others with your fake accounts.

You cant close a face book account anyhow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35683830)

Its not surprising as you cant close a face book account, as when you try it says to reactivate you account simply log-in,

Free virtual worlds are nothing new. (2)

Shag (3737) | about 3 years ago | (#35685594)

Where before, virtual worlds were the realm of paid-for subscription-based gaming services like World of Warcraft...

...except that before that, virtual worlds were mostly MUDs, MUSHes, MUCKs, MOOs and such, which were almost all free.

But I guess that history is too ancient for these "Analysts" to be aware of.

BS (0)

hobarrera (2008506) | about 3 years ago | (#35685702)

Sounds like BS, that's 2k accounts per PERSON on the earth, a bit too much, even with all the bots that around and stuff.

Shadow accounts (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35687150)

OK, I'm sure everyone is aware of the fact that intelligence services of governments worldwide are hot to trot setting up shadow accounts to spy on its own citizens, and of course others as well. This has been well documented in the press, and I don't want to go into the huge implications there.

What is shocking to me is the number of companies, ad firms, PR firms setting up fake Facebook accounts and creating networks with these accounts that pretend to be real people. I met with execs at conferences over the past year bragging about having hundreds (or thousands) of shadow accounts managed by their PR and ad firms, to get market data, etc. If each company is creating hundreds or thousands of accounts, how many millions of accounts out there are fake, and just collecting data and even more interesting, creating manipulated data with nefarious purposes such as misleading consumers, giving competitors false information, stock market manipulation, etc.

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