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Bump Shares What Its 10 Million Users Share (Infographic)

The mobile app Bump may still be known to people in tech as what it started as — a way to exchange contact information between the owners of two phones by touching them — but it’s become a much more broadly used way to share content over the air.

In fact, Bump is the seventh most downloaded iOS app of all time in the U.S., and places third in Japan.

Having recently passed 50 million total downloads with 10 million active users, Bump Technologies just sent over an infographic that details the history and habits of Bumping. For instance, bumping activity pops at night and on weekend, and the single most active user bumped 480 times in the past month.

Bump CEO David Lieb told us that the most popular form of content shared on Bump now is photos, with 1 to 1.5 million shared per day, followed by apps, music and, finally, contacts.

Lieb said he ultimately wants Bump to stand for “anything you want to do in the real world using your phone” — think NFC, payments, et cetera.

Bump recently raised $16 million in Series B funding from investors including Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work