Report: Facebook to announce 500 million member milestone next week

All Things Digital today reports that Facebook, the world's largest social networking website, will soon officially confirm that they are now home to more than 500 million members.

Speculation has been mounting over the past few weeks that Facebook had breached the 500 million user milestone, making it one of the largest social networking ventures ever, but the company has up until now refused to confirm the reports.

But all that could soon change. According to All Things Digital, Facebook is preparing to announce sometime in the upcoming week that the company has broken the 500 million user threshold, and will unveil a new "Facebook Stories" marketing program to celebrate.

The marketing initiative, which All Things D says will kick off once the announcement is made public, will see a website unveiled featuring stories -- categorized into themes including “finding love,” “coping with grief” and “natural disasters” -- from Facebook users that have had life-changing experience in which the Facebook platform was involved. All Things D says around 200 will show initially (and all can be "liked" in true Facebook spirit), but the company is encouraging users to submit their own through this form.

The report fits with an earlier article by TechCrunch, who suggest employees at the social networking magnate have been invited to share pictures of themselves, celebrating and "giving thanks" to Facebook users for helping them reach the milestone.

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All those privacy complaints. Blah blah blah. Hey folks, it's pretty simple. Don't put your phone number, address, or any intricate details of your life on there, and you're all good.
I keep mine pretty general, like just a thought for the day or some really big news. Also, don't add everyone you encounter, and set your privacy as strict.

Half a billion registered accounts is quite the milestone, even though some of those are inactive, "fake", or duplicate accounts. Facebook is an amazing social networking site. It allowed me to reconnect with so many old friends as well as make new ones easily.

Sure, it has its pros and cons but a smart user could easily use the service without divulging too much information about their lives [to the open world]. Still, it's a shame when people leave their profiles completely open. It doesn't take much to go through your privacy settings and set most, if not all, of the settings to 'friends only'.

Anaron said,
Half a billion registered accounts is quite the milestone, even though some of those are inactive, "fake", or duplicate accounts. Facebook is an amazing social networking site. It allowed me to reconnect with so many old friends as well as make new ones easily.

Sure, it has its pros and cons but a smart user could easily use the service without divulging too much information about their lives [to the open world]. Still, it's a shame when people leave their profiles completely open. It doesn't take much to go through your privacy settings and set most, if not all, of the settings to 'friends only'.

A real name is enough information to call for a troubles.

Magallanes said,

A real name is enough information to call for a troubles.


although i agree with you there about 500 ppl on fb with my irl name that i use on the site, and along with certain privacy settings people that want to add me because they know me are not going to find me specifically unless we have friends in common. and anyone who adds me with me knowing who they are are not going to get added and get access to the very limited information on my profile.

as well i don't put anything on fb i don't want the entire internet to know anyway, although generally speaking i do not use or share my irl name online outside of fb, and do not add people i meet in games or websites to my fb, which are things i see happening alot lately.

still, the trend i see of online companies wanting/forcing us to use our irl names for everything online is disturbing, especially since it takes little effort with just something as simple as a real name and a location(the second of which can be eliminated easily) to drop full dox online and increase the level of hrassment and identitiy theft. just ask boxxy or the more recent case of jessica slaughter or the blizz employee who gave his full name in the realid fiasco and quickly deleted his fb and turned off his phones after that blew up in his face, or read any of the many articles on encyclopedia dramatica.

hotdog963al said,
Can't be using a service so many other people use, I'd lose my cool points. I'm such a renegade.
*yawn*

Awesome comment.

people saying 'i don't understand why people use facebook'

i don't understand why people hate it so much.. it's a great server. i'm NEVER going to ring all my friends to find out what they are up to every week. so it's serves it's purpose in that respect just fine imo

BGM said,
people saying 'i don't understand why people use facebook'

i don't understand why people hate it so much.. it's a great server. i'm NEVER going to ring all my friends to find out what they are up to every week. so it's serves it's purpose in that respect just fine imo

This. Couldn't have said it myself.

BGM said,
people saying 'i don't understand why people use facebook'

i don't understand why people hate it so much.. it's a great server. i'm NEVER going to ring all my friends to find out what they are up to every week. so it's serves it's purpose in that respect just fine imo

I think people just hate for the purpose of hating something. The easiest way to hate is to find something that someone else hates: facebook, windows, apple ...
still I haven't heard single key point why to hate facebook, they just hate without a reason

I would say that the human race is ultimately gullible, oh look another website that will theme my facebook profile... surveys! yaaaay, ill give it my phone number to make it work, didn't work try another survey. post to wall so my gullible little stoner buddies can join in with my ultimate retardation

schizo_ said,
Facebook is proof that humans are tools now matter how much you educate them.
to an extent, yes, but remember that facebook's quality dropped as they opened it up to more (less educated) people.

primexx said,
to an extent, yes, but remember that facebook's quality dropped as they opened it up to more (less educated) people.

Totally agree with you.

When it Uni students only, when you needed a student email account to sign-up - that was a great service, but now the world and his uneducated wife are part of it, I very rarely use it now.

primexx said,
to an extent, yes, but remember that facebook's quality dropped as they opened it up to more (less educated) people.

bbfc_uk said,

Totally agree with you.

When it Uni students only, when you needed a student email account to sign-up - that was a great service, but now the world and his uneducated wife are part of it, I very rarely use it now.

How about you two get off your high horses? You're no better than someone just because they haven't been to Uni. I think you need to be brought back down to earth.

Melfster said,
I don't understand why people use Facebook. I think numbers are made up.

Because it is a fast, easy and convenient way of keeping in touch with friends and family?

jOshay said,

Because it is a fast, easy and convenient way of keeping in touch with friends and family?

It's one of the dumbest, most insecure ways of doing such a thing. Not to mention has so much bad stuff on it for a computer over time. But then again, if all these 'tards keep using it, I can continue to clean people's computers and make money off them. Keep it up, you 'tards!!

cork1958 said,
It's one of the dumbest, most insecure ways of doing such a thing. Not to mention has so much bad stuff on it for a computer over time. But then again, if all these 'tards keep using it, I can continue to clean people's computers and make money off them. Keep it up, you 'tards!!

Facebook is a website, and I've never come across anything on Facebook that contained viruses or any other crap. I'm not saying that malicious flash games don't exists, but they're rare. I'm not arguing that it's not secure, but its no less secure than having an email account which stores your email on Hotmail or Google servers.

Facebook IS convenient, and it IS easy to use. But that doesn't mean that stupid people won't download stupid viruses that claim to "enhance Facebook" or whatever, Hotmail has suffered this for years. But its not Hotmail thats insecure or "dumb", its the users that get sucked into downloading malicious and fraudulent "addons".

Melfster said,
I don't understand why people use Facebook. I think numbers are made up.
having friends all over the world it is awesome tool to be more or less in touch with them. no need to phone them or mail them, you and they are just on facebook, sharing photos and thoughts. Nothing more, nothing less.

cork1958 said,

It's one of the dumbest, most insecure ways of doing such a thing. Not to mention has so much bad stuff on it for a computer over time. But then again, if all these 'tards keep using it, I can continue to clean people's computers and make money off them. Keep it up, you 'tards!!

Funny, since I've locked down my account no one can find me or access my account without my knowledge.

If you value your privacy .. all you have to do is change your privacy options.

SHADOW-XIII said,
having friends all over the world it is awesome tool to be more or less in touch with them. no need to phone them or mail them, you and they are just on facebook, sharing photos and thoughts. Nothing more, nothing less.

"friends".
A real friend is someone that you can call at midnight when you are in a real pinch.


Magallanes said,

"friends".
A real friend is someone that you can call at midnight when you are in a real pinch.


So true. But as I write this comment, I'm also logged into my Facebook account -_-; it's just too convenient to turn a blind eye to.

Yeah, there are things that **** me about it...but you can simply block/hide things easily enough.

If I want to organise a birthday/event...Facebook makes it damn easy to get 50+ people to something and saves time sending 50 text messages or e-mails...

You can't beat it's uses.

cork1958 said,

It's one of the dumbest, most insecure ways of doing such a thing. Not to mention has so much bad stuff on it for a computer over time. But then again, if all these 'tards keep using it, I can continue to clean people's computers and make money off them. Keep it up, you 'tards!!

It's only insecure if you let it be insecure. However, where there are tards there's money to be made.

hotdog963al said,
No.

Oh yes yes yes, if you know anything about the CEO he completely disregards privacy and calls his users dumbf***s in one of his recorded IM sessions.

Sonic. said,
Stay away from Facebook.

Just because you said to stay way from it, I think I'll stay on it.

That and hundreds of my old high school friends use it.

Sonic. said,
Oh yes yes yes, if you know anything about the CEO he completely disregards privacy and calls his users dumbf***s in one of his recorded IM sessions.
I couldn't care less.