Facebook: 500 million members

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Facebook announced today they have 500 million active monthly users. Could they hit 1 billion? It’s possible. If Facebook continues at its current pace, hitting 1 billion users could indeed be reached in 2011.

The online social network Mark Zuckerberg and a few Harvard classmates founded in 2004 went from zero to 250 million users in five years — and doubled that number over the past 12 months despite controversy regarding its privacy protocols.

Zuckerberg, 26, has said the 1 billion milestone is “almost a guarantee” — not a matter of if, but when.

Facebook, perceived by some to be just a fad just a few short years ago, is still a private company but an industry giant.

The free service lets individuals share news, photos, videos and comments with personal networks of “friends,” and makes money primarily through advertisements targeted to users based on information gleaned from their online profiles.

The company’s continuing global rise, some say, could result in a New Web Order. The collective strength of its social networking features — dubbed “the social graph” by the company — is challenging Google’s search engine as the driving force of the Internet industry.

For more information about Facebook, see the following link at Mercury News:

Facebook: 500 million members

Maybe if I joined I could help Facebook reach 1 billion next month? Is it worth it?

I don’t know. I don’t have time to be on Facebook and have no interest. I know I’m one of the few.


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college grad yee hah

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