If Communities & SMTs were launched last bullrun, every content creator and their mom would likely have/want one. Bear markets, obviously every crypto becomes less attractive. But when the bull returns, SMTs will have huge potential to go viral.
I remember hearing horror stories of people waiting 3 months to get an account. During that last bull, if we had instant accounts, we could very well see numbers of up to 10x what we saw then, meaning we could easily be at around 10 million, even 20 million Steem accounts.
Having to wait even a few days is incredibly harmful for mass adoption. Instant accounts mean you can sign up a friend instantly as well, and that compounds very quickly for social networks.
Point is, Steem is highly underrepresented when it comes to that stats. Steem has tremendous attention memory.