Country Breakdown Of Social Network Traffic Shows Not Many Countries Besides China Blocks YouTube, Facebook, And Twitter

Social media country breakdown - YouTube
Social media country breakdown

This is interesting. Above, via the bitly blog, is a map showing relative social network usage in countries around the world. The more red a country is, the more clicks.

The coloration isn’t at all surprising, considering YouTube has been blocked in China since March 2009. What about Facebook?

Social media country breakdown - Facebook

Right, blocked since July 2009.


Social media country breakdown - Twitter

Hmm. Also blocked since July 2009.

It’s stunning to see it in such black and white — or red and blue, as it were — terms, isn’t it? We often say that pervasive censorship hinders both a country’s development as an economic state, attenuating creative spirit and impeding innovation, and its maturation as a peoples under a national banner. But how far behind is China? It has willfully cut itself off from the global marketplace of ideas, a self-embargo that continues to deal untold harm, effects of which we’ll all feel for decades.

But, hey, at least this country’s incubating ideas among itself:

Social media country breakdown - Douban

And Weibo is looking strong (though we’re unclear whether this refers to Sina Weibo or all the weibos, including QQ and Sohu):

Social media country breakdown - Weibo

Another map of interest to lots of people here — particularly those who speculate every month that this site will be harmonized soon — Reddit:

Social media country breakdown - Reddit

The last thing to note is not much of a surprise: no one anywhere really uses Google+:

Social media country breakdown - Google-plus

breakdown of traffic from social networks by country (bitly blog, h/t Alicia)

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