How Big Is Social Media And Does It Really Count As ‘Big Data’?

In response to my query yesterday for an official estimate of the total number of tweets sent since the service’s founding, Twitter responded this afternoon that it was “not commenting,” reminding us how few hard statistics the companies actually make available.

It did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why it doesn’t release these numbers. Social media has become synonymous with “big data” thanks to its widespread availability and stature as a driver of the global conversation. Its massive size, high update speed and range of content modalities are frequently cited as a textbook example of just what constitutes “big data” in today’s data drenched world.

Author: Kalev Leetaru

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