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15 Mind-Blowing Facts About Big Data and Analytics

At about this time last year, Data Science Central, an online resource for those who work with big data, published a blog that listed 15 Astonishing Tweetable Facts About Analytics. Coming in at 140 characters or less (that makes them “Tweetable”), these mind blowers might be a little dated one year later, but they are definitely worth checking out if you are trying to get a grip on the “enormity and importance” of analytics. They’re also heady small-talk fodder, perfect for impressing friends and co-workers … and perhaps a chatty relative or neighbor.

For example, did you know that 0.5 percent of all data we create is ever analyzed and used? Or that this year nearly 80 percent of photos will be taken on smart phones and most will become searchable data? Or a stack of CD-ROMs equal to the current global digital storage capacity would tower 80,000 km (49,709 miles) beyond the moon? (You might have to explain to younger colleagues what a CD-ROM is.)

Those are just a few of the astonishing and, yes, Tweetable facts included on the list. Check out all 15 here.

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