Stats: Dating & Social Networking

Written By Elena Kolyasnikova On November 22th, 2010

marketresearchResearchandmarkets.com has recently researched on Social Networking & Dating. This data was included in their “Web 2.0 (Social Networking, Professional Networking, Microblogging, Blogging, Online Dating\Matrimonial) Market Worldwide & Future Forecast” peport. We thought this information may be useful to you to market your online dating business more effectively.

Research highlights:
- Facebook, MySpace, QQ and Friendster are most popular social networks in Web 2.0
- Web 2.0 revenue market is expected to be US$ 8 Billion at the end of 2014
- Three players QQ.com, Facebook.com and Matchbook.com together controls 79% of revenue market share in 2009
- Facebook is expected to cross 1 Billion mark in number of users by 2014
- Orkut revenue is expected to be slightly less than US$ 1 Billion by 2014
- The Bebo unique users has declined by -53.15% from April 2009 to April 2010
- Japan’s biggest social networking site Mixi.jp user increases nearly 3 Million from May 2009 to April 2010
- LinkedIn is one of the fastest growing professional Web 2.0 site
- Meetup users will increase at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) value of 36.29% for the period 2010 - 2014
- Twitter users growth rate from June 2008 to June 2009 was more than 1400%
- Match.com paid users crossed 1.5 Million mark by the end of first quarter 2010
- Mobile data traffic will grow at CAGR of 107.82% between 2009 and 2014
(news source researchandmarkets.com)

I can clearly see that:
- Professional social networks are on the rise (so you can start a niche social network),
- Japanese, Asian and Chinese markets are growing rapidly (may be it’s time to start a niche dating site there),
- You have to go mobile to succeed (and it’s not necessarily applications, just web mobile versions of your dating site).

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