It seems that many of us can't fathom what all an entire economy or "ecosystem" has to offer.
Especially one that encompasses "social networking".
Just a few figures to entice your thinking caps:
In 2015, the International Telecommunication Union estimated about 3.2 billion people, or almost half of the world's population, would be online by the end of the year.
In 2019 that number has grown to:
4,536,248,808 People who have access to the internet.
Which is approximately 59% of the worlds population.
That equals approximately a 41% increase in individuals using the internet from the figures in 2015.
(or should I say, "individuals with access to the internet", that may be a better way of putting it, idk)
What about MONEY?
The e-commerce industry will be responsible for about $3.45 trillion in sales in 2019.
Won't say any more on that, this figure is enough for the point I wish to make in this post.
How many people are on social media?
As of June 2017, the world’s population stands at 7.5 billion with 3.8 billion people using the internet. Active social media users account for 2.89 billion people
The number of social media users worldwide in 2019 is 3.484 billion...
Here is a pretty picture to describe this in 2019:
SO ABOUT 80% OF PEOPLE WITH INTERNET ARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
So let me make a point here about Steem, the vision of the potential future of Steem and anything that affects any part of any market within the wide variety of peoples on social media:
See that speck:
That isn't you or me as individuals.
That is about 100,000 of us individuals.
Now, I understand that we as human beings often tend to confine ourselves to that which surrounds us.
We too often get put into a situation where we cant see past the present, even though we are convinced that we are thinking long term and that we see the broader picture.
After all, we are only human.
But come on, look at the figures, add to that all the economics and trading of crypto, stocks etc etc etc and then we get into the above figures to the power of "X" in the potential that Steem has.
Instead of constantly moving around the same old topics, can we start thinking globally, when we consider any course of action that shall affect the future of Steem.
Exclusivity may seem great to some, but an all out open nature in business seems to work better. Dare I say, the early stages of Facebook somewhat proved that.
For those who think I am picking on them, please take note that I have not named anyone in particular, because our ecosystem is based on voting and we are all responsible as such for everything. None of us can point the finger and claim that it is anyone else that I am talking about.
In fact, here I am talking about my visions and my responsibilities as a Steemian, without pointing a finger at anyone else. This post is a reflection of the thoughts and facts that keep me so enticed with what Steem has to offer the world.
Will leave you there, with this post and these facts/figures.
Thinking caps on. Please.