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Facebook statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday March 25, 2009 )

Just a year or two ago, I might have been rattling off some MySpace statistics (MyWho?); but as Facebook is the golden-haired child of the moment, lets take a peek at some of their numbers.

According to data from Facebook, their user base is currently around 175 million and unlike back in the days when it first launched, most of the users are non-college folks. More than 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States and there’s over 660,000 developers and entrepreneurs from more than 180 countries involved members of the service.

The average user has 120 friends (which makes me a loser user) and over 3 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day globally. 3 billion minutes equals 2,083,333 days if I’ve done my sums right.

Over 18 million users update their statuses at least once each day – so over 10% daily engagement which is rather awesome; even if those people (including me) aren’t really saying much :). 25 million active user groups exist on Facebook.

In excess of 850 million photos and 7 million videos are uploaded each month and more 28 million pieces of content are shared each month.

Over 52,000 applications are currently available on the Facebook Platform and 140 new applications added per day.

Pretty impressive stuff considering FaceBook has only been around since 2004. It makes you wonder which is the next service to take us all by storm. Twitter perhaps? It grew from around 500,000 users a year ago to 10 million now and is expected to grow to 50 million users by year’s end. It’s one of those awful services that for some reason really caught on :). Never underestimate the lure of narcissism. After looking down my nose at it for quite a while, even I’ve started using it for a project.

But perhaps The Next Big Thing isn’t around yet – like Google, it may be launched tomorrow from someone’s garage. It’s one of the truly wonderful things about the Internet.


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