Facebook Continues Dominating Social Media
The Social Networking Site (SNS), Facebook, launched in 2004 and was designed by Mark Zuckerberg. Other popular SNSs such as Twitter and Instagram are on the rise, but Facebook took the lead in Google searches. According to an analysis of Google search on Google Trends, Facebook has been the most searched SNS in every U.S. state this past year.
Facebook is the oldest SNS because Twitter and Instagram were launched years later and provide different variations of posting content. Every social media platform is different, for example, Twitter is used for sharing short quick tweets and Instagram is used to post images with clever captions. However, Facebook offers some features that its competitors do not such as games, fan pages, and a separate Facebook messenger application.
From the graph, the conclusion can be drawn that Facebook is the SNS that dominates the U.S. There is a possibility that in the future Twitter and Instagram could overrule Facebook since the graph does display a steady decline, but for now, Facebook will keep its position as the leading SNS.
Social Media Saves Lives in Syrian Civil War
The Syrian Civil War has been ongoing since 2011, but Syrians are using social media to help save numerous lives. According to an analysis of Google search on Google Trends, despite the large spike from the term ‘civil war’ (red) on August 30th, the term ‘social media’ (blue) still trumps the searches on September 17th, 19th, and 22nd.
The reason for this trend is from the creation of a private application called Sentry, which sends users a Facebook or Telegram message that notifies them with the locations of government warplanes. From the graph, the conclusion can be drawn that Syrian searches for protection are trending more than information about the current state of the Syrian Civil War.