Facebook Set for 500 Million User Mark

Ainsley Jones

Within the next several days, Facebook is expected to announce it has reached 500 million users. The site plans to celebrate the milestone with Facebook Stories, a collection of user blurbs on how the site has made a positive impact on their lives, says PCWorld.com. Users are encouraged to visit the User Stories page to submit their Facebook chronicle in 420 characters or less.

 

Facebook will hit the 500 million user mark after having only been around for six years, but hasn't done so without experiencing some growing pains, according to The Washington Post. Facebook has recently been sued over ownerhip rights, has been threatened with regulatory fines around the globe and has been besieged with privacy complaints. The tag for the upcoming film "The Social Network," which chronicles the origins of Facebook, says it best by noting that you don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.



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Jul 19, 2010 2:44 AM richgear richgear  says:

Sex and age are two driving forces behind why Facebook can be an essential part of ones social life.  Party invites are sent via facebook, rsvps are received, friends are connected, remembered and checked up on via facebook.

Facebook is however a closed community.  It doesnt have a sense of community amongst its 500 million members, which will be its Achilles heal as the internet becomes more "collectively conscious".

Twitter is close, but they seem satisfied with where they are.  Lissn looks like it has the potential with an open community and real time conversations, but it hasn't really caught on.

My prediction is by this time, one year from now, the masses of millions will be migrating to a new social network.

By December 2011, the 1st social network will have 1 billion members.

By December 2012, artificial intelligence will take over the world.  Or something. 

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Jul 20, 2010 12:24 PM We Need News Media Help!!! We Need News Media Help!!!  says:

Facebook has been currently blocking thousands of users for adding people that have been suggesting to us as friends as well as adding family members, and people that we do indeed know. They have also been warning and blocking people for accepting friend requests as well. This is done by an automated system devised by Caroline Ghiossi from user operations as an anti-spam tool that supposedly detects the speed and frequency to which you add and accept requests regardless of who those people are. It doesn't tell you when the block is lifted nor do they tell you the limit to which you can add or accept friend requests. Here is the facebook page that addresses this issue. It is now at 3,000 and growing.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Stop-blocking-me-for-adding-friends-you-suggested-Facebook/127620077272467?ref=ts

Facebook has refused to address this problem and we need somebody to have them answer for it!!!

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Jul 25, 2011 1:38 AM earthtangle earthtangle  says:

Those are some really impressive numbers

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