The growth of Social Media is staggering. The platforms for Social Media, like Facebook and Twitter keep getting bigger.
But the real driver behind the growth in Social Media is people, our activity inside of social media, how we share content and opinion is what makes it so powerful. Inspired by other real-time counters, Gary Hayes, currently the director of Innovation Unit LAMP in Sydney, Australia, put together this great flash widget that predicts how much volume of Social Media is being created right now, in real time. He did it by combining various publicly available metrics around Social Media usage.
Just watching this Social Media Counter is mesmerizing.
A full description on how Gary put together the counter (and the statistics that he used) is available here.