Facebook reaches 500,000,000 users

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May 22, 2010, 10:08:19 PM5/22/10
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The current issue of Time contains the above article about Facebook.
It would be interesting to consider the extent to which Berners-Lee's
dream of the Web connecting the world is being realized by this social
networking phenom. Clearly, people enjoy sharing, especially of
photographs and articles. Mark Zuckerberg, in fact, has proclaimed
his law: that people will share twice as much information each year as
they did the previous year. The author of the article believes that
this certainly is in his business interest to encourage, that such
spontaneous sharing will bring in ad revenues this year of $1
billion. The author also believes that the normal and prudent form of
such sharing is in fact "curating," putting on-line selected
information that you want friends to know and, depending upon your
settings, the public. The problem, he says, is that the settings
default toward making it all accessible to everyone, periodically
getting Zuckerberg into trouble with his community.

The article contains a fascinating chart, that includes milestones, of
Facebook's growth and compares it to the comparatively paltry
membership of Myspace and Linked-in.

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Bebo White

May 23, 2010, 2:44:56 PM5/23/10
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Thanks for this reference

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