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Facebook Reaches 500 Million Milestone


Facebook Reaches 500 Million Milestone

Facebook has reached the 500 million member mark, the social networking site has announced. This means that very nearly one third of the world’s internet connected population has registered for the site.

Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement yesterday evening on Facebook’s blog.

“This is an important milestone for all of you who have helped spread Facebook around the world. Now a lot more people have the opportunity to stay connected with the people they care about,” Zuckerberg wrote.

According to Clickymedia, the UK now has over 25 million active accounts, and there are over 110 million active users in Europe.

By any standards this growth rate is pretty remarkable considering that the site only launch on 2004 and that it only reached the 400 million mark last February.

Facebook has successfully weathered challenges from the likes of Twitter and concerns over its approach to privacy, to remain at the top of the social networking pile, and from its growth rate it doesn’t look like it’s looking to slow down any time soon.

In a video on the Facebook blog Zuckerberg commented that, “Half a billion is a nice number but the number isn’t really what matters here, what matters is the stories we hear from all of you about the impact your connections have had on your lives”.

Zuckerberg then announced a new service called Facebook Stories, a place on the site that users can share their own Facebook story and read others from around the world, categorised by location or theme.

That said, we imagine that Facebook has its eyes firmly locked on that one billion mark milestone, no doubt with emerging markets such as India and China top of the agenda.

Are there any TrustedReviews readers that have held out and not registered for Facebook, or is is part and parcel of your lives? Let us know in the comments.

Link: Zuckerberg Blog Post

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Tim Sutton

July 22, 2010, 5:16 pm

I'm not on FaceBook, but I probably will be soon, it's getting to be an essential.

I've held out for a long while as I started my own company just before university and really didn't want my social activities to be photographically evidenced. Because then no-one would ever hire us.

I'm also a bit dubious about old girlfriends and friends I've left behind being able to get in touch. I don't really want to deny them friend status, but I dumped them for a reason :/

Ala Miah

July 22, 2010, 5:27 pm

I do have a facebook account but I dont use it very often. Mostly read other peoples statuses and odd thing here or there.

Neil B

July 22, 2010, 6:15 pm

Facebook is great for two things only.

1) Sharing and commenting on photos. If you had a night out or celebration of some sort with a load of friends, putting the photos on Facebook means that everyone has access to them. This is especially good when in today's modern society, where our friends and families are spread around the country / world.

2) Events. I have a hobby where I put on a small club night every now and again, we have a small following of people I don't really know but like to come to our night. Facebook is essential for organising events so that everyone knows when and where it is. It's also good for sorting guest-lists etc.

Everything else on Facebook is a complete waste of time. I hate the 'keeping up with the Jones' that some people feel the need to do, where they're outdoing each other with showing how amazing their lives are.

Rant over, must update my Facebook status....


July 22, 2010, 7:19 pm

I'm not on Facebook because I'm too busy living my real life but I do use LinkedIn for professional purposes.

I mostly agree with Neil B, used sensibly Facebook is a great tool but in practice many people just use it to show off how many 'friends' they have or bleat on about their failed relationships, whilst all their 'friends' lap it up like leeches. Its like being at school again.

It's ended up being littered with the mindless majority, which I suppose was inevitable. Unfortunately you can't easily close your account, so although a lot of people have moved on their accounts still exist. Mark Zuckerberg must be laughing.


July 22, 2010, 7:26 pm

500 million losers.



July 22, 2010, 7:35 pm

It's actually a real shame because I rather feel like a hostage to Facebook. I know it's a great way to keep in touch blah blah blah. But I lived 17 years of my life fine without Facebook, now I feel like I have to have it or I'm missing out. I really hate that, I don't like being dependent on something so superficial. I'd much rather call my mates or even meet up with them. Not constantly show off about what I'm doing. I don't like the way things are going :(. Do I sound like an old man? (I'm only 21) :p


July 22, 2010, 8:11 pm

@Neil: "I hate the 'keeping up with the Jones'" - well we are an awesome bunch.

I use Facebook far too much. I actually hate that I use it so much - much like I did when I finally caved in and got a mobile phone. The sad reality is that if you dont join with the likes of Facebook you will certainly lose touch with some friends (obviously the merits of their friendship are in question if thats the case!).


July 24, 2010, 4:46 am

500 million people with nothing but time on their hands!!

500 million people who do not care about how safe their personal details are or how they are used!!

Seriously, I agree with the concept and it is a powerful one, but it's mainly used by kids to chat and show off.

How about charging 1p per photo posted or comment made. This is not about money but about influencing behaviour. It'll stop people putting up rubbish and make them think about the hours wasted.

Also, if people have to pay, they have a say in what facebook does with the data. Simple really!!

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