Social Media: Have we reached a saturation point?

Perhaps the most revealing finding is that the interest in social networking search appears to be plateauing.

Crowd Source 1931Tumblr is on the rise. Friendster is on the decline. Plaxo is for the older. Habbo is for the younger. These are just a few findings from a mildy informative — and aesthetically pleasing — report released this morning from social media agency Ignite.

Using data from Google Insights for Search and Google Ad Planner, Ignite examined 54 different social networks and sliced and diced the data into the chart you see below.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call the results interesting though. Most of the data here either confirm the obvious (MySpace, on the decline) or tell us something inconsequential (ratio of social networking users 51% male /49%). Nevertheless, the quick eye chart does give you a 30-second snapshot of what’s-what in the 2011 landscape.

Perhaps the most revealing finding is that the interest in social networking search appears to be plateauing.

According to the firm, Facebook continues to be the “de facto source for social networking.” Okay, no argument there.

Regarding YouTube, aside from a minor spike in December 2010, search traffic remains relatively flat.

Two social networks I had never even heard of —, and Team Sugar — shut their doors last year.

Facebook Search Traffic 2011

I’m not about to ditch my Comscore research just yet, but the good people at Ignite do know how to produce some pretty charts.

Social Networks 2011

[Ignite Social Media Report 2011]

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Clint is based in San Francisco and has produced videos for Stark Insider since 2006. Film projects recently completed include short MORADO shot in the Baja, doc THE ART OF HALL WINES in Napa, and music video WRONG'S WHAT I DO BEST at the San Francisco Art Institute. He regularly writes about Canon DSLR and filmmaking. His Broadway features have garnered praise, including SHREK UNMASKED which is the most viewed BTS video for the musical on YouTube. In addition he's worked with DreamWorks, Disney on Ice, and Cirque du Soleil, among others. Interview highlights include James Franco, Gia Coppola, Colbie Caillat, Vincent Kartheiser, Dana Carvey, and Dany Boyle. Clint is a member of ATCA and covers the SF theater scene. He also writes about Napa and wine, and Silicon Valley news and trends. More: Clint's story...