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Longevity Online: Data shows rapidly developing social media presence

by Ricky Piper Published on 5th Jun 2015

by Ricky Piper Published on 5th June 2015

As a follow up to last week’s article ‘Longevity Online: Can Social Media Take Life Extension Ideas from the Radical to the Mainstream’, the following data on the reach of life extension groups and pages on Facebook gives a clear insight into the size and scope of life extension advocacy groups on social media.

Figure 1: Reach of Life Extension Groups (by Members) on Facebook, shows all groups with a membership of over 100, and gives the exact number of members each one has. The 46 largest groups shown have a combined membership of 42,620, whilst a further 56 smaller groups not shown account for another 3,071. These figures are purely for life extension and longevity focused groups, and don’t take into account other groups which encompass life extension ideas, such as transhumanism.

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Figure 2: Reach of Life Extension Facebook Pages on Facebook (by Likes), shows all of the most relevant pages focused on life extension, and the number of individual users to have liked that page. The combined total of this is a further 47, 580. This also doesn’t account for commercial interest pages related to life extension treatments and supplements such as Life Extension which has over 100,000 likes.

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All data are correct as of 04.06.15. However, so rapid is the development of life extension advocacy on facebook, it is likely that these figures will have risen significantly in the coming weeks. What the data shows above all else is that at this initial stage, advocacy is quite widely distributed among numerous niche groups, rather than represented by a few large concentrated organisations.

We will continue this analysis on a quarterly basis to chart the movements’ development.