A friend rang me today to inquire after my health, residence on planet earth and basically, “Why havent you been blogging lately?”
So – to those that come in search of Koltai-isms, I apolgise for my sporadic posting.
Regular readers will remember last October that I blogged about a court case that I was involved in. Well, it’s hotting up, in fact the hearing is next week, the culmination of three years worth of litigation….. and yes, I’ll let you know the result, if I’m allowed too.
Fans should send their “For he’s a jolly good fellows” to the judges chambers.
Detractors, just move along, this is just another boring Koltai post.
Chris and I speak on a regular basis about Life the Universe and everything.
This Blog is reflective of some of those discussions.
Today, he sent me a url to some Facebook statistics and one of them leapt off the page at me.
So I just had to blog it – albeit briefly…..
Four hundred million Facebook Users are uploading three billion photos per month.
OK, here’s the boring stuff.
A photo is representative of a single frame of film. PAL video (and cinema film projectors) operate at 24/25
frames per second (fps).
A ninety minute movie (@ 25 fps) is 135,000 frames.
If we linked all the photos on Facebook together, we would have sufficient content to create 22,222 90 minute movies – Per month.
Lets put that into a global perspective
|Rank||Country||Number of feature films produced1|
|Source: Screen Digest, June 2005, June 2006, July 2007, July 2008 and July 2009 and Unesco|
|Notes: Countries where number of films produced were identical have been given a shared ranking.|
|1. Includes co-productions.|
|n.a. Data not available.|
So the industry makes around 5,100 films per year.
In other words, the content being uploaded onto Facebook exceeds the annual global film output by about 261,666 movies.
So the question now remains, who charges what to look at what pictures.
(And if you don’t think you’re being charged, what is that advertising doing next the picture of the family pooch?)
A conundrum – especially if Facebook now make photos available to everyone regardless of your preferences.
Whatever happened to that archaic form of creative rights protection, I think it was called copyright.
I guess when the consumers out produce the producers, it might be time to re-examine the effect that market forces are having on not only our content industry, but consumer consumption.
If 400 million people spend all their time looking at each others photos on Facebook and, there are fiftytwo times more photos than movie frames, who’s got time to go to the movies?
I guess Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood (Nigerian Film industry) still have an advantage – their frames have sound.
I wonder what will happen when voice tags are added to each photo on Facebook.