Facebook reaches 750,000,000 users

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg confirmed today that Facebook has gained its 750,000,000th member. He also stated that the number is 'growing exponentially', and that it could pass one billion soon. The service famously reached 500,000,000 users almost a year ago, and the event was used in order to promote the film based on the creation of Facebook; entitled The Social Network. The tagline for the film poster read "You don't make it to 500 million friends without making a few enemies". The 'enemies' spoken of in the tagline no doubt referred to the Winkelvoss twins, who filed lawsuits against the service and claimed that Zuckerberg had stolen their idea.

Interestingly, the service defines an 'active user' as someone who has logged into the service within the past 30 days. Therefore, the service has more than 750 million users. Assuming the earth's population is precisely 6,000,000,000 people this would mean that one in eight people on the planet have used the website within the past month. Perhaps more shockingly still, is the fact that Twitter receives 200 million tweets daily - meaning more people use a service than tweets are sent. Keeping in mind that one person is limited to a thousand tweets per day, it shows that Facebook usage is incredibly high. Estimates suggest that the world's biggest social network could be worth over $100 billion.

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... "growing exponentially"? Really? ;-)
750,000,000 x 2 [doubled only, not "exponentially" multiplied] = 1,500,000,000 ...
So if FB membership increases by just a factor of 2 (doubles), not by multiplying exponentially ;-), should have reached way over 1.5 billion by now... {lol}

Current world population is nearer 7 billion, just so you know. And I'm also curious as to how many of those accounts are spam/fake accounts.

I know I've seen a considerable number that attempt to add me that I don't know, or send me messages saying that they find me "interesting" and maybe I'd like to chat to them on <insert spam site address here>.

"Estimates suggest that the world's biggest social network could be worth over $100 billion."

Oh please, be realistic. This is another bubble ready to pop if people keep drastically over-valuing these companies.

coth said,
there is a big different between user and account. one user can have tones of accounts.

Seriously, how many people do you know who have more than one Facebook account, and have logged into each of them within the last month?

roadwarrior said,

Seriously, how many people do you know who have more than one Facebook account, and have logged into each of them within the last month?
Considering a huge portion of people only use FB for games like Farmville etc I know of a few people on my list who have 2 accounts specifically for the games. I'm also sure FB is including band pages as well. Its going to be funny at one point when their statistics out weights the estimates at CENSUS.gov.

coth said,
there is a big different between user and account. one user can have tones of accounts.

Yeah, I mean if ever user had just 75 Facebook accounts there'd only be 10,000,000 users [rolls eyes].

roadwarrior said,

Seriously, how many people do you know who have more than one Facebook account, and have logged into each of them within the last month?

Spammers? Also, as someone said above some people do set up fake accounts for those stupid games and yet more set up new accounts as a "fresh start". Or have separate accounts for work/family and their personal life.

Of that though I'd say the largest number of accounts artificially inflating that number are going to be spam accounts, facebook may be better at dealing with them than myspace was but unfortunately they still exist in quite large numbers.

coth said,
there is a big different between user and account. one user can have tones of accounts.

I signed up for one, never went back to it and forgot the email. So eventually I just had to make a new (my current) account. Facebook then went on to suggest myself as a friend...for myself.

JaykeBird said,
... How does the number of tweets on Twitter relate to Facebook usage?

I was wondering the same thing. That part of the article doesn't make any sense.

JaykeBird said,
... How does the number of tweets on Twitter relate to Facebook usage?
Lol, wow.. It relates because its a "comparison" between numbers. Twitter being a service used by millions of people daily sending out statuses and FB showing how many users it has total. When users is being compared next to something that a single person can do every second of the day multiplied by the amount of users that service has and yet FB still beats it that's what the Author was getting at.

JaykeBird said,
... How does the number of tweets on Twitter relate to Facebook usage?

Heck, why even compare 1 MONTH of logins against 1 DAY of posts. So to amend the article...

"Assuming the earth's population is precisely 6,000,000,000 people this would mean that one in eight people on the planet have used the website within the past month. Perhaps more shockingly still, is the fact that Twitter receives 6000 million tweets monthly - meaning more tweets are sent than people use a service."

or...

"Assuming the earth's population is precisely 6,000,000,000 people this would mean that one in eight people on the planet have used the website within the past month. Perhaps more shockingly still, is the fact that Coca-Cola serves 1600 million drinks daily - meaning more Cokes are drank than people use a service."

JaykeBird said,
... How does the number of tweets on Twitter relate to Facebook usage?

They are comparing Facebooks total monthly unique visitors with number of tweets per day.
Make that per month too! Or even per week, and Twitter is more.

FMH said,

They are comparing Facebooks total monthly unique visitors with number of tweets per day.
Make that per month too! Or even per week, and Twitter is more.

Well, yeah, it would make sense if they were comparing the two. But the article stated Twitter and Facebook as if they interact with each other, and their usage numbers and such directly relate to one another... but they don't, seeing they are two different services...