Global Metrics for Access & Use of Social Media & Technologies

Global Digital Statistics 2014: Social, Digital & Mobile Around The World (January 2014)

Consider this slide deck from We Are Social a reference resource. I know many of the departments recruit students from other parts of the world. This is a great resource to give both a high level overview of how people around the world tend to use various types of technologies, as well as a comparison metrics at the level of individual countries, so you can plan appropriate and respectful strategies for approaching a specific community. Some folk also use this to plan for travel, so they have an idea what resources will be easy to access in a given location.

They also do a lovely job of providing their sources, which are worth repeating here.

* China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC): 32nd Statistical Report on Internet Development:
* Facebook: Newsroom: Key Facts:
* International Telecommunication Union (ITU): Statistics
* Internet World Stats:
* TenCent (China):
* US CIA: World Factbook: Internet Users:
* US Census:
* VKontakte (Russia):

On the other hand, sometimes, while searching for links for these, I found other resources that are at least as useful, if not more so. Then I would also stumble on special tools, apps and infographics! Enjoy!


Internet Census 2012:

Internet Security Census 2013:

OpenNet Initiative (Internet Censorship):

Social Bakers: Facebook Statistics:

W3Techs (Web Technology Surveys): Technologies: Languages Used:

Wikipedia: Global Internet Usage:
NOTE: This one has great graphs.

World Map of Social Networks:


US Census Mobile App (dwellr):

US Census: Data Visualization of the Week: Total Population and Population Missing Due to HIV/AIDS Epidemics: 2012; Selected Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

US Census: Infographics Highlight the History and Measurement of Poverty:


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