Legendary Internet analyst Mary Meeker has some statistics she thinks every Internet executive should know, including that iOS is growing faster than almost any other Internet technology in history. At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, the Morgan Stanley analyst led a rapid-pace presentation on the state of the Internet industry, revealing the state of mobile ( Apple and Google are winning), the most under-monetized asset in online advertising ( Facebook ) and even the secret sauce of Steve Jobs (he has the mind of an engineer and the heart of an artist). Some of Meeker's eye-popping stats: 46% of Internet users live in five countries: the USA, Russia, Brazil, China and India. There are 670 million 3G subscribers worldwide, 136.6 million in the U.S. and 106.3 million in Japan. iOS devices reached 120 million subscribers in 13 quarters, far faster than Netscape, AOL or NTT docomo's growth rates. Nokia and Symbian used to own 62% of the smartphone market (units shipped).
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This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum , where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. With the emergence of excellent open source content management systems (CMS) in recent years, a business seeking to develop a professional online presence rapidly at a reasonable cost is a reality. Drupal, an open source CMS used by large corporations and governmental organizations such as CNN , AOL , WhiteHouse.gov , Harvard and many others , is a wonderful option for businesses needing a powerful website without the typical costs of having one made from scratch. It's highly customizable to your needs, and with the thousands of free Drupal themes out there, you can build a site that will impress your customers. This is a collection of free Drupal themes that are suitable for small businesses. To learn more about Drupal, start your journey on the official Drupal website .
Maria Ogneva is the Director of Social Media at Attensity , a social media engagement and voice-of-customer platform that helps the social enterprise serve and collaborate with the social customer. You can follow her on Twitter at @themaria or @attensity360 , or find her musings on her personal blog and her company's blog . Recently I wrote about the differences in social media monitoring and measurement, as well as the importance of doing both.
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