Facebook is now 500 million strong

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Facebook announced today that is has surpassed 500 million active users worldwide on its site. That is half a billion users on a single website.

The social network started in 2004 as a way for people in Harvard to connect with one another. Within a year of it's initial release, Facebook grew to over one million active users.

To help celebrate Facebook reaching half a billion users, Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder, CEO & president of Facebook, is launching Facebook Stories. The idea behind this new application is for users to share their success stories with the rest of the world, including one success story of a mother in Pheonix who read a friend's status message telling her to check for breast cancer, who was diagnosed in time to treat the disease.

Facebook reached it's last milestone of 400 million active users earlier this year in February. It took Facebook only six months to gain another 100 million active users.

In light of all of this, Facebook announced recently that a movie will be releasing soon, titled “The Social Network.” The movie will star Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg, and will follow his life from through Harvard and how he created Facebook.

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Am I the only person who actually loves facebook? Great way to keep in contact with friends, and also share photos and it is just fun! You guys should really just chill... it's just a website....

I'm one of those 500 million people and I love it, I found some friends I lost a long time ago. Cheers for Facebook :DDD

I wonder when, IF, facebook will fade away as a trend...
can't wait

like any other tech, I may love it. but it's ppl getting @n@l with those addictions that gets me angry.

Eager to see the day where facebook gets replaced. Tired of seeing people play dumb games, post their scores and join useless, stupid groups.

xplatinum said,
Eager to see the day where facebook gets replaced. Tired of seeing people play dumb games, post their scores and join useless, stupid groups.

Yes, because what other people do affects you that much.

Facebook will jump the shark within 2 years just like myspace did. Hopefully this social networking fad will eventually die down and be used for better reasons than letting me know that you broke up with your GF or what you did on farmville. The SouthPark episode about it captures perfectly how stupid hardcore facebook users have gotten.

Is it just me or is hating anything that's popular the biggest fad of all time?

Just look at the comments here; lots of snooby "too cool for school" attitudes. It's pretty sad.

Either that or geeks expect something more from what essentially a site for connecting with friends and family all over the world.

oh well...

Lamp0 said,
Is it just me or is hating anything that's popular the biggest fad of all time?

Just look at the comments here; lots of snooby "too cool for school" attitudes. It's pretty sad.

Either that or geeks expect something more from what essentially a site for connecting with friends and family all over the world.

oh well...

Yeah, whatever the biggest/best/most popular thing is, people try to crap all over it.

Facebook hits 500 Million users? "OH, IT SUCKS! I just deleted my account! Everyone I know is deleting their accounts."
The Avatar movie? Despite the overwhelming positive reviews and nearly 2 BILLION made on it, it seemed like every forum was full of people saying what a waste of time it was, that it sucked, etc.

Any time there is something "cool", people try to be COOLER by HATING it.

Lamp0 said,

Either that or geeks expect something more from what essentially a site for connecting with friends and family all over the world.
oh well...

It's good if people were to use it for staying in touch and connecting with family, but do you actually know how many young people are just plain addicted to facebook? It's funny when I see people posting every few minutes or so about their status:
" Going to the beach"
" I am going to the museum"
" I am having a drink"
" I am feeling sad"
Do I really need to know all this cr*p? It's like they cry for attention....
Anyhow it's about more than staying in touch. Facebook has become more about bragging and has been overflown with stupid flash games and other silly things.
Lets not also mention their privacy policy and how they've already changed it few times but it still sucks...

Euphoria said,

It's good if people were to use it for staying in touch and connecting with family, but do you actually know how many young people are just plain addicted to facebook? It's funny when I see people posting every few minutes or so about their status:
" Going to the beach"
" I am going to the museum"
" I am having a drink"
" I am feeling sad"
Do I really need to know all this cr*p? It's like they cry for attention....
Anyhow it's about more than staying in touch. Facebook has become more about bragging and has been overflown with stupid flash games and other silly things.
Lets not also mention their privacy policy and how they've already changed it few times but it still sucks...

Well yea, but I really don't care that much.

Xenomorph said,

Yeah, whatever the biggest/best/most popular thing is, people try to crap all over it.

Facebook hits 500 Million users? "OH, IT SUCKS! I just deleted my account! Everyone I know is deleting their accounts."
The Avatar movie? Despite the overwhelming positive reviews and nearly 2 BILLION made on it, it seemed like every forum was full of people saying what a waste of time it was, that it sucked, etc.

Any time there is something "cool", people try to be COOLER by HATING it.

I disagree. There is perfectly good reasons for not liking Facebook these days and it's not solely because it's now huge and popular though some of the problems have been a result of the huge user base.

Avatar was the spectacular vanilla sci fi film with unimaginative dialogue, boring characters and a run of the mill story to name a few problems, criticism justified.

Euphoria said,

It's good if people were to use it for staying in touch and connecting with family, but do you actually know how many young people are just plain addicted to facebook? It's funny when I see people posting every few minutes or so about their status:
" Going to the beach"
" I am going to the museum"
" I am having a drink"
" I am feeling sad"
Do I really need to know all this cr*p? It's like they cry for attention....
Anyhow it's about more than staying in touch. Facebook has become more about bragging and has been overflown with stupid flash games and other silly things.
Lets not also mention their privacy policy and how they've already changed it few times but it still sucks...

Then don't read those statuses, don't play those flash games, and use it at its core. I don't use a single application and I get by just fine.

Not sure why people spend so much time dissing Facebook. Sure there are legit privacy concerns, but when people use apps and spam as their primary justification for "it's sucks", but you can fully disable all of them...including messages by others using those apps, I don't know....

Must be quite a few dummy, multiple accounts etc. but still an impressive number. Pity Facebook really isn't all that now with all the apps or people use it far too much it just starts to annoy as other communication isn't so bad. World doesn't resolve around Facebook. Can't deny it's handy for keeping in touch and sharing photos over email.

It's like a pyramid scheme. You have one person joined in and then he invites all of his other friends who invite their friends and so on...

Facebook was good the first year of it's existence and that's about it...

Euphoria said,
It's like a pyramid scheme. You have one person joined in and then he invites all of his other friends who invite their friends and so on...

Facebook was good the first year of it's existence and that's about it...

pyramid schemes involve money.... this doesn't

Rudy said,
pyramid schemes involve money.... this doesn't

Well I did say it's "like a pyramid scheme"

Anyhow Zuckerberg is sure making some money... Good for him.
Call me silly, but I never did and I never will like facebook.

Andrew Lyle said,

Actually, over 2000 people register every minute on Facebook.
Oh wow....

Thanks for the info

According Facebook, Facebook have 500 million user and nobody but Facebook know the real number of users. why i should trust it?

thealexweb said,
The film is gonna be awful, like Pirates of Silicon Valley only worse and not as interesting.
I have to agree, I doubt I would be able to sit through that one

thealexweb said,
The film is gonna be awful, like Pirates of Silicon Valley only worse and not as interesting.

Why is it going to be awful?

Cool? Next.

Facebook used to be good until they decided becoming like Myspace was a great idea. Hell even Myspace is moving away from their original design and instead looking like the original facebook

In light of all of this, Facebook announced recently that a movie will be releasing soon, titled “The Social Network.” The movie will star Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg, and will follow his life from through Harvard and how he created Facebook.

I can't wait...just thinking about it makes me wet myself

/- Razorfold said,
Cool? Next.

Facebook used to be good until they decided becoming like Myspace was a great idea. Hell even Myspace is moving away from their original design and instead looking like the original facebook

They're nowhere near as bad as myspace.... not as good as it used to be but still..

Rudy said,
They're nowhere near as bad as myspace.... not as good as it used to be but still..

Yet anyways. The apps are bad enough as it is. The original point of Facebook was so college students could get in touch with each other wherever they might be not so that I could know that my friend Bob planted 3 trees in farmville. Ever since they opened up registration for everyone, its gone downhill.

/- Razorfold said,
Yet anyways. The apps are bad enough as it is. The original point of Facebook was so college students could get in touch with each other wherever they might be not so that I could know that my friend Bob planted 3 trees in farmville. Ever since they opened up registration for everyone, its gone downhill.
Opening it to everyone was the best thing they did....

As for the apps I completely agree with you but I have to say it's really easy to disable them (Farmville was one of the first to go )...it's just annoying because you have to do them one at a time as they come up....but my news feed is pretty clean now

Rudy said,
Account-> Account Settings-> Deactivate account

That's the closest thing. You can't really delete it though. The account can be reactivated.
Just saying.