Facebook Now 200 Million Strong

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Not to be outdone by the news of Twitter’s astronomical growth, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced that the popular social network has hit a noteworthy milestone, the welcoming of their 200 millionth user.

To celebrate the moment, Zuckerberg commented, “When we built Facebook in 2004, our goal was to create a richer, faster way for people to share information about what was happening around them. We thought that giving people better tools to communicate would help them better understand the world, which would then give them even greater power to change the world.”

Indeed, Facebook and other social mediums are empowering those who possess the ability to emerge and shepherd as true leaders at any level. Social Networks represent the larger impact beyond mere communication efficiency, they serve as a catalyst for organized connectivity, inspiration, and action, ultimately shifting our culture for how we consume and share information and potentially engender positive change.

To celebrate “change,” Facebook is also creating a space in the network where people can share their stories about how Facebook has helped them make an give back. Facebook is also collaborating with 16 charitable and advocacy groups to create gifts that are available now in the gift shop.

General Statistics:

It took 20,000 years for the world population to reach 200 million people

It would take 46.5 years for 200 million babies to be born in the U.S.

200 million would be the world’s 5th most populous country, bigger than Brazil, Japan, and Russia

Facebook Statistics:

General Growth
* More than 200 million active users
* More than 100 million users log on to Facebook at least once each day
* More than two-thirds of Facebook users are outside of college
* The fastest growing demographic is those 35 years old and older

User Engagement
* Average user has 120 friends on the site
* More than 3.5 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day (worldwide)
* More than 20 million users update their statuses at least once each day
* More than 4 million users become fans of Pages each day

Applications
* More than 850 million photos uploaded to the site each month
* More than 8 million videos uploaded each month
* More than 1 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) shared each week
* More than 2.5 million events created each month
* More than 25 million active user groups exist on the site

International Growth
* More than 40 translations available on the site, with more than 50 in development
* About 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States

Platform
* More than 660,000 developers and entrepreneurs from more than 180 countries
* Every month, more than 70% of Facebook users engage with Platform applications
* More than 52,000 applications currently available in the Facebook Application Directory
* More than 5,000 applications have 10,000 or more monthly active users
* More than 8,000 websites have implemented Facebook Connect since its general availability in December 2008

Mobile
* More than 660,000 developers and entrepreneurs from more than 180 countries
* Every month, more than 70% of Facebook users engage with Platform applications
* More than 52,000 applications currently available in the Facebook Application Directory
* More than 5,000 applications have 10,000 or more monthly active users
* More than 8,000 websites have implemented Facebook Connect since its general availability in December 2008

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  • Pritesh Gupta

    Great Post, Must Read.

  • Andrew Mager

    I was user #62,053.

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  • JaredOToole

    Facebook is really amazing. i wish I knew when i joined back in 2004 about the future it would hold. I probably would have done a few things differently in order to grasp it as best i could.

    It will be interesting to see where it ends up. I think they will make money but what if they don’t. Does this massive/useful network just disappear?

  • Anonymous

    Well done.

    I’m curiuos to see how the demographics have shifted with many older people using Facebook. It’s going to be interesting to see what types of interaction occur between younger and older users as well as how the applications change from being “entertainment” focused to more meaningful in enhancing people’s lives in school, work, ect…

    I’d like to see more applications like Causes, MentorSpot, ect…

  • Rob

    Hi, thanks for the interesting post. I joined Facebook recently, perhaps 3 months ago. I just find that all my friends are on so it’s the best place to catch up and share pictures etc. so I doubt it’ll disappear anytime soon.

  • Neena Biswal

    Its really amazing that a social networking site like facebook can be used in networking with iomportant people as PR is actually based on this!! I too wrote a small post on my blog :
    http://neenastir.blogspot.com/2009/04/does-facebook-have-any-role-on-public.html

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