it didn’t exist eight years ago. well, it did but it fit into the dorm room of a harvard undergraduate. and now it’s the third largest nation on earth, having welcomed its one billionth citizen on september 14, 2012. it took china (biggest country) and india (second) thousands of years to make that milestone.
still, mark zuckerberg is having a rough summer. he’s having trouble making money. right now, facebook makes a mere four billion in revenue last year. that’s like each of us handing mark four dollars so we can post pictures of our cats doing cute things, our kids doing cute things, and inspirational messages. google, with about as many users, squeezes $38 billion in revenue. the difference? advertising and google’s better use of mobile devices.
what facebook hasn’t said is whether the billion citzens of this online nation includes the fakes. last year, when i made a new years resolution to meet all 325 of my facebook friends, i was surprised by the number of duplicate accounts, spambots, and businesses dressed up as friends. it was roughly ten percent of my friends list and that tracks facebook’s admission that 9.7% of its users are “undesirables” of this sort.
it’s been a facebook bashing summer, what with the i.p.o. being a bit disappointing but you gotta give some credit to a kid in his dorm room who has allowed people to make an estimated 140 billion friendship connections. that’s quite a friendly country you got there, mark!
October 15th, 2012 at 6:59 pm
Capt’n Clark might take offense at being lumped in with the 9.7% “undesirables”, especially given that he is sharing your bed with you!
October 15th, 2012 at 7:27 pm
the captain is a very desirable friend indeed and he’s part of what makes facebook fun!
October 15th, 2012 at 9:42 pm
Entertaining as always. Wow, if roughly ten percent of just yours, are these so called undesirables, I wonder what the nation wide count must be! Fascinating entry!
October 16th, 2012 at 11:53 pm
All of this may be censored soon. I don’t see how China or a communist country can stand so much freedom for their people to actually see the world uncensored. The Internet may be changed in the future. I hope not but who knows.