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Attention Researchers Forget River Sample – I Believe There Is A New Ocean On The Horizon!

I am sure the title may have gotten you a little interested, perhaps a little curious of what I would like to share. Over the past few years river sample has become very important in the research industry. Well in my opinion that river sample will need to move over for a new ocean called FATWIN!

Yes you heard it heard first – FATWIN!


Ok so now I probably have your attention let’s take a closer look at these three social networking giants!


  • Launched February 2004
  • More than 500 million active users
  • 800 million in revenue in 2009 (haven’t seen 2010 numbers)
  • Since January 2009 most used social network


  • Launched July 2006
  • 190 million visitors monthly
  • 4 million in revenue in 2009 (haven’t seen 2010 numbers)
  • Since February 2009 third most used social network


  • Launched May 2003
  • 60 million members
  • 17 million in revenue for 2008 (last number I could locate)
  • Adds 1 million members every 12 days

In addition check out this activity level at a random amount of time!

  • Shared links: 1,000,000
  • Tagged photos: 1,323,000
  • Event invites sent out: 1,484,000
  • Wall posts: 1,587,000
  • Status updates: 1,851,000
  • Friend requests accepted: 1,972,000
  • Photos uploaded: 2,716,000
  • Comments: 10,208,000
  • Messages: 4,632,000
  • Likes: 7,657,000



I truly believe these three social networking sites will be in the research world on the horizon. In some ways they will be a vendor and on a different day they will be a competitor. 

Here are some things they have in common and I why I believe FATWIN is a reality!

  • Access to millions of people
  • They have an Opt in process
  • They are TRUSTED by almost everyone
  • Today/Tomorrow this will be the communication of choice
  • All of these social networking sites will be looking for revenue
  • They already took a swing at research and missed – rest assured they will again and BE successful!
  • They all have Apps which will be huge for our industry!

What do you think?

  • Am I crazy?
  • Isn’t LINKEDIN perfect for business to business sample?
  • Is this an area that the research community has struggled with for years?
  • What can/will FACEBOOK/TWITTER/LINKEDIN do with respect with research?

I look forward to hearing from you and discussing this VERY important topic.

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