Facebook now has 500 million users

Posted on July 22, 2010

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Social networking Web site Facebook announced that it has now 500 million users, making this small six-year-old start-up one of the fastest growing companies in recent years.

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

In the past 15 months alone, Facebook has added around eight new users every second. Other mind blowing statistics :

  • 50% of users login on any given day

  • People spend 500 billion minutes per month on Facebook

  • More than 25 billion pieces of content (links to news stories and blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) are shared each month

  • More than 100 million active users currently access Facebook through their mobile devices

Facebook CEO says his company takes privacy seriously, with simple controls. A reminder to those who have yet strengthen their privacy controls, the guide is up here.

More information : http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2010-07-21-facebook-hits-500-million-users_N.htm