Facebook hits 500m user milestone
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 22/07/2010 14:39
Social network giant Facebook has registered its 500 millionth member, the firm has announced.
The site, which launched in 2004, has gained around 100 million new users in the last six months.
Facebook said the number was "an important milestone" and added that it was "humbled and inspired" by the stories of its users, which it is asking people to share on the site.
Facebook Tops 500 Million Users
Facebook, the social network created in the dormitories of Harvard six years ago, said on Wednesday that it now had 500 million members.
The company has grown at a meteoric pace, doubling in size from a year ago and pushing international competitors aside.
Mark Zuckerberg chooses TV interview to announce 500 millionth user
Facebook has been brewing its 'half a billion users' announcement for months, it seems, waiting for that 500 millionth user to click the 'join' button and sign away their digital soul.
Facebook has chosen a US TV interview to mark the moment, putting forward founder Mark Zuckerberg for a prime-time interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC News in the this Wednesday at 18.30 ET (22.30 GMT). Zuck is far more relaxed and confident in interview these days than he was even two years ago, though he never seems particularly comfortable in the spotlight unless talking tech to a tech crowd.
Facebook's half-billion milestone is official
One of the most hyped and least surprising tech industry milestones of the past few years is finally official: Facebook announced midmorning on Wednesday that it has reached 500 million active users around the world, an unprecedented number for a social-networking site.
Of course, everyone was aware that this was imminent. Facebook had already announced that it would be launching an application called "Facebook Stories" to commemorate the experiences and connections that people have created and shared on Facebook's network. In our CNET Conversations podcast last week, Facebook VP of product Christopher Cox talked about the forthcoming landmark. And CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be appearing on ABC World News on Wednesday night for a rare television interview.