Business Use of Social Networks Explodes

The 2009 Application Usage and Risk Report from Palo Alto Networks that analyzed web use and traffic patterns on over 200 networks globally showed that business use of social networks, social media and collaborative software exploded over the last six months.

Findings from the report include:

– Twitter use grew by 250 percent from the 2009 spring report.

– Facebook use grew by 192 percent and Facebook Chat was found to be the 4th most commonly used instant message application, beating both Yahoo! IM and AIM.

– SharePoint use and collaboration is ubiquitous – bandwidth consumed by SharePoint, specifically the documents component, increased 17-fold from the previous report in April.

– Business use of blogs and wikis grew by 39 times.