Even though my college-age kids just can’t stomach the fact that I’m on Facebook, I think I’ll be there forever. Or at least for the foreseeable future. So there.
Why? It seriously is the most intuitive digital application I’ve ever been on. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t find myself marveling over the fact that Mark Zuckerberg, then a Harvard college student from my neck of the woods, came up with this thing.
Brian Solis, who maintains one of my favorite blogs, PR 2.0, recently put together a list, Everything You Never Knew About Facebook, that just vindicates me in my Facebook Fascination. It’s a list of 20 factoids that are rather mind-blowing, especially when you consider that the popular application didn’t exist until it was incorporated in 2004.
Here’s a sample from the Solis list:
Facebook has more than 250 million users
120 million users log on to Facebook at least once each day
People 35 years old and older comprise the fastest growing demographic
More than 5 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day worldwide
30 million users update their statuses at least once each day
1 billion (!) photos and 10 million videos are uploaded to the social network each month
2.5 million events are created each month
45 million active user groups exist on Facebook
About 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States
Every month, more than 70% of users engage with applications developed for the Facebook platform
More than 350,000 active applications are currently available on the Facebook Platform
15,000, and counting, websites, devices and applications have implemented Facebook Connect since its launch in December 2008
30 million users currently access Facebook through their mobile devices
There’s a reason my kids love Facebook. Ditto for their Mom.