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The Evolution Of Online Content Consumption [Infographic]

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As new services on the Internet allow us to share more content and faster, we’re also increasing the amount of content we consume. The fact is, when comparing our content consumption ten years ago with our content consumption today, you would almost think we’re several millenniums apart. In fact, our content consumption is so high that we’re on the brink of over populating the Internet with content. Well, everything is relative I guess.

Just trying to imagine that the Internet had half as many users just five years ago should be mind boggling enough. But when we look at our content consumption throughout the years, we’re faced with a paradox that is quite hard to understand. By 2003, it had taken us all of our entire history to fill 5 billion gigabytes of storage. Today we reach that amount of content in 2 days! And as if that wasn’t enough, next year we’ll curate 5 billion gigabytes in 10 minutes. Where is it all going to stop?

Of course, all the photo sharing services are pulling their weight in to make this number increasingly larger. But that is not the only area where content consumption is increasing massively. Video and music consumption are increasing as much as everything else. For music labels, this should be a good sign. They have always been whining about their revenues going down due to all the piracy in the world. That might be the case, but every other industry has been able to adapt so why don’t they? It’s another paradox that I have never really understood.

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In order to grasp our increase in content consumption, I was presented an inforgraphic by Torch (design by NowSourcing) which allows us to see our insane content consumption in a more visual presentation. As we can see, YouTube has become our prime outlet for video content, and that is unlikely to change anytime soon. There are even awards being handed out for best online artists at the Grammy Awards these days. That should say something about the impact that some of these social networking services have on all of our lives. Will we be able to keep up? That is a question only the future can answer.

Torch’s Evolution Of Content Consumption Infographic

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Author: Richard Darell

Richard Darell is the founder and CEO of Bit Rebels, a multifaceted online news outlet that reports daily on the latest developments in technology, social media, design and everything geek. Today this media entity welcomes more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month and is considered the go to place for people in constant motion. As an Internet entrepreneur, he is dedicated to constantly trying to develop new ways to bring content faster and closer to the end user in a more streamlined way. His excitement for statistics has allowed him to further develop systems that continuously produce accurate and fast-paced analytics to better optimize the approach by which Bit Rebels presents news and content. His graphic design background has proven to be an important tool when designing new systems and features for Bit Rebels since the development of solid and stable code depends entirely on their structure and implemented procedures. Richard currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden and directs the Bit Rebels offices in both Stockholm and Atlanta. You can reach Richard at richard@bitrebels.com

One Comment

Al

February 6th, 2013

The sad part is that the bulk of the online content is absolute crap.

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