Facebook hits 1 billion

October 5th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

More than a billion people now log into each month to check up on old friends, tag photos of new ones and post about politics, religion, cats or what their kids are doing.

That’s double the 500 million it hit in July 2010 what now seems like a lifetime but was a little more than two years ago. August 2008 marked another big juncture, 100 million users.

The latest milestone also amounts to nearly half of the world’s roughly 2.5 billion internet users, as measured by the International Telecommunications Union.

I’d say 95% of my friends are on Facebook. It is interesting how Facebook has changed over time. It used to be mainly about the apps, but now is really all about the status updates.

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24 Responses to “Facebook hits 1 billion”

  1. Longknives (4,962 comments) says:

    Of that billion I bet about 700 million are sick to bloody death of baby photos….

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  2. davidp (3,585 comments) says:

    Too true Longknives. And adults who confuse their own identity with their childrens by using a photo of their offspring as their avatar.

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  3. Bob R (1,421 comments) says:

    I have always hated the apps and stupid games. My main interest has always been the status updates.

    In 2007 when I joined it was quite addictive and I was on it daily with regular updates. Now I tend to check it maybe a couple of times a week at most. The SMH had an article this week suggesting many are now using it less frequently.

    @ Longknives & davidp,

    I put up baby photos about every 3 months or so. I think that’s reasonable :)

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  4. alloytoo (582 comments) says:

    I’ve frankly had enough of facebook. Deactivation is not far away.

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  5. rouppe (983 comments) says:

    I am getting towards the tipping-out point with the in-line “pages you might be interested in” and similar.. Didn’t ask for it, don’t want it, its annoying

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  6. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    I’m endlessly positive about and supportive of my friend’s posts about singing in general and her singing career in particular.

    Doesn’t stop her having the occasional whinge about too many photos on FB of babies in general (and, one presumes, my baby in particular.)

    But then, I’ve learned to expect this from the childless – even from childless people who are lovely in every other way. Only certain forms of attention-seeking are acceptable on the attention-seeking network :-)

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  7. Pete George (23,830 comments) says:

    You know who your real friends are on Facebook because they never post anything that says if you’re a real friend you’ll Like their crap.

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  8. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    dont do facebook…dont twitter…dont have a smartphone…seem to get by ok.

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  9. Manolo (14,173 comments) says:

    Ditto!

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  10. Stuart (41 comments) says:

    Almost ditto, no facebook or Twitter but yes to smartphone. How many of their billion are people with multiple accounts? I know plenty with 2 or 3. Also nothing stops me quicker from using a company if I need a fb account to see their products or enter their competitions

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  11. Zapper (1,048 comments) says:

    I’m starting to get over it. Since I can’t help myself and comment on updates from idiot left-wingers (why is the proportion of annoying lefties so high?) or other posts stating things like “All men are rapists” I often get into trouble.

    I need to use it better, because it is very handy for a lot of things, mainly staying in touch with friends and family across the world. I think I need to start unsubscribing/de-friending the people who post such things because it’s pretty rare that they’re an actual real life friend anyway (sadly, some are).

    It’s not the tool that’s the problem, it’s the way you use it.

    I couldn’t care less about other people’s baby photos, or nappy changing etc etc. I can’t see this changing even if I have a child (I love the way people with children talk about “childless” – it’s very similar to how religious people refer to people as being “Godless” as if it’s a major affliction that means you surely have no heart).

    I also do not give a fuck about your 100 holiday snaps. But some people do, so I’ll just scroll on past.

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  12. Bob R (1,421 comments) says:

    ***And adults who confuse their own identity with their childrens by using a photo of their offspring as their avatar***

    You’re forgetting that in a sense, you are passing on your DNA so your identity is continued. There are strong evolutionary reasons why people feel such identification with their kids.

    Also, you should be encouraging anyone who is productive to reproduce to help maintain the level of civilization seen in western countries.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10450313

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  13. sweetd (125 comments) says:

    hmmm, one billion accounts, not people. How may actual people log in?

    FB is for kids and marketing depts. Got rid of my account a year ago, life carries on.

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  14. Steve (North Shore) (4,537 comments) says:

    Facebook is great for families especialy the video. If you don’t like your family that’s fine, they probably don’t give a rat’s arse about you either. Works both ways for selfish grumpy shits

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  15. Reid (16,719 comments) says:

    FB is for kids and marketing depts

    Well TV was probably only a few decades old when the first soap came along and now look at it. Facebook AFAIK (I don’t have an account and I’m hoping to die before I get one) seems to tap mostly into the yammering moron brigade of whom apparently, number at least 1,000,000 human beings. I bet there’d be another coupla billion if only the morons who can’t afford an interweb connection, could.

    Why the fuck people feel the need to do anything but pick up a phone/skype if they want to “get in touch,” I have no idea. But it occurs to me if those bloggers who both blog and have a Facebook account started using the latter exclusively, the net IQ of both fora would rise :)

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  16. barry (1,191 comments) says:

    So – we have one billion fuckwits – well probaly most are wasting their time. Getting virtual friends but getting more and more removed from reality.
    Thinking that telling everyone your most minute crappy details is at all interesting to anyone – vacant heads is what they all are.

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  17. dave_c_ (225 comments) says:

    I escaped Facebook months ago
    Indeed “status updates’ are all they’re really after ! Advertising, big brother and their ilk must be salivating at the information just waiting to be harvested !

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  18. Reid (16,719 comments) says:

    Advertising, big brother and their ilk must be salivating at the information just waiting to be harvested !

    http://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-how-facebook-is-tracking-your-internet-activity-2012-9?op=1#ixzz260dqQvURl

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/06/18/us-facebook-face-idUKBRE85H1A320120618

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2187801/Were-watching-The-camera-recognise-Facebook-picture-time-walk-shop.html

    Why do you think I’ve never joined? (Apart from the fact that while I may be a yammering moron, I don’t think I am, inside my tummy.)

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  19. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    It’s possible to get by in life without good music, powerful cars, and alcoholic drinks as well…

    But that does NOT mean these are bad things, to be scorned and avoided ;-)

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  20. Liberal Minded Kiwi (1,495 comments) says:

    I predicted before reading the comments that there would be the usual “never want it” “only morons have it” brigade will be out in force. I use FB to stay in touch with my friends around the planet, and also to make new friends. I use that to then go outside of my house and meet people and have fun. The problem with Facebook is that there is no IQ test for users to pass in order to get an account, hence the number of people on it who believe absolutely everything they read.

    I also use FB to make money, not from people, but from businesses, who see my network and want to advertise to them. I see no problem with that at all. I have to laugh at those who are so willing to diss FB and yet watch TV, read blogs etc… all too were scoffed at by those who thought they would never be useful. Tip for the day. Broaden your horizons a little!

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  21. Steve (North Shore) (4,537 comments) says:

    “It’s possible to get by in life without good music, powerful cars, and alcoholic drinks as well… ”

    You forgot hookers RRM, the ones you pay to be your partner.

    Now without Hookers, Music, Alcohol, and Powerful Cars where would we be?
    “Wanking on the planking, there was fuck all else to do”

    You sing the rest :)

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  22. duggledog (1,625 comments) says:

    This is my Facebook!
    With the added bonus of liking (most of) you but not having to be your friends

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  23. Andrew McMillan (50 comments) says:

    It’s not 1 billion people but 1 billion users. Users includes robots, cats and dogs!!!

    At least three of my facebook friends are cats, and I’m pretty confident I’ve got a few ‘botty friends too.

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  24. chiz (1,174 comments) says:

    I wonder how many of those users are actually businesses or groups or campaigns etc.

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