Facebook Announces 500 Million Users, Stories and Thanks Applications

Facebook says it has reached 500 million monthly active users “as of this morning,” according to chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. In a blog post today, he also announced a new in-house Stories application that features positive stories from users around the world, relating how they did things like reunited with long-lost family members through the service. Another application, a photo album of sorts called Thanks, shows Zuckerberg and company employees thanking everyone for using the service.

From his post:

We’re launching a new application called Facebook Stories where you can share your own story and read hundreds of others, categorized by themes and locations around the world. These stories include:

Ben Saylor, a 17-year-old high school student, who turned to Facebook to organize a community effort to rebuild the Pioneer Playhouse, the oldest outdoor theater in Kentucky, after it was damaged by floods in May.

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who, during his time in office, would go jogging with 100 of his fans from Facebook.

Holly Rose, a mother in Phoenix, who credits a friend’s status message telling women to check for breast cancer with her being diagnosed in time to treat the disease. She used Facebook for support during treatment and became a prevention advocate herself.

Here are some more details on the app. There are dozens of themes including “Love” and “College.” A “popular” section will feature the stories with the most likes. Other companies, 31 in total, are featuring some Stories as tabs within their own Pages. And the app is going to be around for awhile: “A team from Facebook will be hitting the open road in the U.S. to meet the people, towns and organizations behind these stories in our first Facebook Stories road trip. We’ll be sharing more details of the trip and initial stops in future posts on this blog and the Facebook Page. Finally, note the Bing integration, as it’s another example of Facebook working with strategic partner Microsoft.

Facebook’s rapid growth in the past few years has made it one of the largest web sites in the world — it gained 100 million users in the last 5 months, by its own measure. That success has also made it a big new target for everyone else in the world, from rival businesses to lawyers, politicians, pundits and even religious leaders. The application is a way for the company to remind everyone that it has grown to 500 million users because its products provide special value to people.

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7 Responses to “Facebook Announces 500 Million Users, Stories and Thanks Applications”

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  2. DUI Attorney says:

    How many of them are active?

  3. GianPaJ says:

    the question is also how much is growing in the last year not in the last 4….

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  5. Aris says:

    No doubt; Facebook is doing great, lot of businesses and companies running just because of facebook (like facebook application development companies). Facebook is going to introduce their new location based service and it will really engage more users with the platform.

  6. we are cloud says:

    We used our BI software to generate an interactive dashboard to display the data concerning Facebook’s 500 million users. Now you can visualize it, you can see so much more than just a number!

    The dashboard contains 3 visualizations which all show different relationships.

    The first, the treemap, shows the number of users in July 2010 in relation to the percentage penetration (number of people on Facebook as a percentage of the country’s population). The size of each individual box within the treemap shows the total number of Facebook users in the country. The strength of the color shows the percentage penetration, with the darkest blue being attributed to a higher percentage of users, and the lightest blue being attributed to the lowest.

    The second visualization is the geovisualization, or heat map. We have chosen graduated circles to display the information but you can change it back to the original heatmap format by clicking on “Rendering Mode” in the bottom left hand corner. Here we see the relationship between the population and the percentage penetration. The size of the graduated circles show proportionately the population size, and the number inside demonstrates the percentage penetration. A very simple but a highly visual representation, the heatmap is probably the best way to get an overall geographical idea of where Facebook’s users are around the world.

    Lastly, our third chart is the classic pie chart. We have used the filters to filter out any country with a population of less than 10 million. This gives us a nice overview of the relationship between the percentage penetration and the number of users. We have also chosen to display the percentage penetration measure by size, to make it really clear which countries have a high percentage (USA, UK) and which have a low percentage (India, Mexico).

    Access the dashboard here: https://newsletter.bimeapp.com/players/dashboard/077077D2E5C3ACE47B43366C09E17404

  7. Custom Fan Page Design says:

    Facebook is doing great job …….keep it up .

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