Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Social network popularity around the world

Very interesting data on popularity of social networks posted on this web site. The social networks we included in this survey were MySpace, Facebook, Hi5, Friendster, LinkedIn, Orkut, Last.fm, LiveJournal, Xanga, Bebo, Imeem and Twitter.
  • Facebook is most popular in Turkey and Canada.
  • Friendster and Imeem are most popular in the Philippines.
  • LinkedIn is most popular in India.
  • Twitter is most popular in Japan.
  • LiveJournal is more popular in Russia than it is in the United States.
  • Orkut is more popular in Iran (10th country popularity-wise) than it is in the United States.
  • MySpace is the only social network which is most popular in the United States.
Read more here.

Servers: What do they really cost?

Really interesting post on Forbes.com about how much a server really costs, some excerpts are following:
  • Spending $2,500 on a server really means spending between $8,300 and $15,400 in facility capital to provide the necessary space for housing the server and powering it.
  • A single rack of blade servers will consume $1 million in facility capital. Pretty staggering! And this is the underlying source of the boom in data-center construction driven by the need to house 5 million additional servers.
Read more here.