Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Just For Kicks...

Today I read a blog post about Facebook reaching 200 million users worldwide.  As part of the news, Facebook also released a 'heat map' showing their growth across various countries during the past 6 years.   The growth rate is impressive to say the least.

The heat map prompted me to run a quick query of our database to illustrate the current geographic breakdown of Fast Pitch! members across the United States (note:  about 20% of our members reside outside the U.S. but I was too lazy to run the query globally :).  Maybe next time...

Nothing groundbreaking here.  As you can see, many of the most populated states are very well represented. California and Florida are neck and neck at #1 and #2 which both lead New York by a few percentage points. Second tier includes Texas, Illinois, Ohio, etc.   To be honest, I was excited to see Arizona and Georgia so well represented... while a little surprised to see North Carolina and Missouri trailing others.

If nothing else, this map (illustration) gives our members a better understanding of the scope of our network.  Because a majority of our members are small business owners in service oriented industries (probably around 85%), my guess is this is very reflective of the nature of business happening in each of those states.

Needless to say, we have a lot of data about our users and can expand upon this map to include industy types, gender, company size, login frequency, the breadth of networking happening among each member across state lines, and more.  Stay tuned.

In the meantime, ff you're doing business in one of the lightly shaded states... Spread the Word!

Good Luck.



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