50 Fascinating Facebook Facts And Figures

The rise and rise of Facebook is producing a scramble by marketers and companies to leverage its huge global database and traffic. 50 Fascinating Facebook Facts And Figures

Google is looking over its shoulder as Facebook grows at over 10 million users a month and sits currently at number two on web traffic rankings according to Alexa.com.

Last year Facebook surpassed Google for the top ranking for total time spent online.

Google is even being forced to continually adjust its search engine algorithms to cater for the a social web that provides more prominence for social channels in its search results. Facebook has also become the 3rd largest video website with 46.6 million viewers sitting behind number one ranked video content property provider Google with its YouTube site and Yahoo at second ranking.


50 Facebook Facts and Figures

  1. 1 in every 13 people on Earth is on Facebook
  2. 35+ demographic represents more than 30% of the entire user base
  3. 71.2 % of all USA internet users are on Facebook
  4. In 20 minutes 1,000,000 links are shared on Facebook
  5. In 20 minutes 1,484,000 event invites are posted
  6. In 20 minutes 1,323,000 photos are tagged
  7. In 20 minutes 1,851,000 status updates are entered
  8. In 20 minutes 1.972 million friend requests are accepted
  9. In 20 minutes 2,716,000 photos are uploaded
  10. In 20 minutes 2,716,000 messages are sent
  11. In 20 minutes 10.2 million comments are posted
  12. In 20 minutes 1,587,000 wall posts are written
  13. 750 million photos were uploaded to Facebook over New Year’s weekend
  14. 48% of young Americans said they found out about news through Facebook
  15. 48% of 18 to 34 year olds check Facebook right when they wake up
  16. 50% of active users log on to Facebook in any given day
  17. Average user has 130 friends
  18. People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
  19. There are over 900 million objects that people interact with (pages, groups, events and community pages)
  20. Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events
  21. Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month
  22. More than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month.
  23. More than 70 translations available on the site
  24. About 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States
  25. Over 300,000 users helped translate the site through the translations application
  26. Entrepreneurs and developers from more than 190 countries build with Facebook Platform
  27. People on Facebook install 20 million applications every day
  28. Every month, more than 250 million people engage with Facebook on external websites
  29. Since social plugins launched in April 2010, an average of 10,000 new websites integrate with Facebook every day
  30. More than 2.5 million websites have integrated with Facebook, including over 80 of comScore’s U.S. Top 100 websites and over half of comScore’s Global Top 100 websites
  31. There are more than 250 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices
  32. People that use Facebook on their mobile devices are twice as active on Facebook than non-mobile users.
  33. There are more than 200 mobile operators in 60 countries working to deploy and promote Facebook mobile products
  34. Al Pacino’s face was on the original Facebook homepage
  35. One early Facebook function was a file sharing service
  36. The first “Work Networks” as well as the original educational networks  included Apple and Microsoft
  37. The meaning of the term poke has never been defined
  38. There is an ‘App’ to see what’s on the Facebook cafe menu
  39. Mark Zuckerburg (CEO of Facebook) calls himself a “Harvard Graduate” when in fact he didn’t graduate (apparently his reply is that “there isn’t a setting for dropout”)
  40. Australian’s spend more time per month on Facebook than any other country at over 7 hours on average
  41. A Facebook employee hoodie sold for $4,000 on eBay
  42. Facebook was initially bank-rolled by Peter Thiel the co-founder of PayPal for $500,000
  43. It is the second biggest website by traffic behind Google (at the moment)
  44. Facebook is now valued at approximately $80 billion
  45. Facebook makes money through advertising  and virtual products
  46. Facebook was almost shut down by a lawsuit by ConnectU who claimed that Zuckerburg stole the idea and Technology for Facebook (the issue was settled out of court)
  47. The USA has the largest Facebook user base with 155 million people which represents 23.6% of Facebook’s total users
  48. There is over 16,000,000 Facebook fan pages
  49. Texas Hold’em Poker is the most popular Facebook page with over 41 million fans
  50. More than 650 million active users

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  • http://blog.esimplestudios.com Gabriele Maidecchi

    One can only grasp how big Facebook really is ’til he stumbles upon this kind of stats. Really incredible.

    • http://twitter.com/LeoWid Leo Widrich

      Well put Gabriele! Absolutely agreed :)

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Amazing stats, I agree…but the one about every 1 in every 13 people on Earth is on Facebook seams fantastical. In fact, come to think of it cant be correct.

      I had 3 “personal” accounts on Facebook..and I cant be the only one, can I?

      This type of Facebook usage would definitely inflate the numbers.

      • grapkees

        I agree, Dino… and what about the branded profile pages? Are they seen as people?

        • Bradleydanielelliot

          nice sort of fb page optimization.

      • grapkees

        I agree, Dino… and what about the branded profile pages? Are they seen as people?

  • http://twitter.com/AltitudeSports_ Altitude-sports.com

    It will be interesting to see if they can keep this up. Who knows what lies ahead.

  • Carolyn Stearns

    Impressive statistics here today! Just in time to use a couple in my workshop this weekend with credit to my source Jeff! You keep us supplied with an ever widening array of web tools and info!

  • Patrick Dacre

    A Few issues here. Are these ‘factoids’ from FB or audited by third party?
    B. What are the ratios of active versus inactive accounts. Takes a load of work to remove a FB account, so how many are moribund.
    C. With 70% of active accounts outside US and Canada, this demonstrates clearly, as do recent FB pronouncements, that mobile is the key. Funny thing, no ads on mobile platform.
    D. FB has been saturated with hype. The hidden hand on this play, is none other than Steve Ballmer, who is working his mysterious magic to usurp google.
    E. Bing is reducing google search results to a generic page result.

    Careful what you believe here.

  • http://www.nickdawson.net Nick

     Interesting stats. Thanks for sharing. What is the source? 

  • Pegasus

    These are great stats. How did you compile the information?

  • Anonymous

    Jeff, Really interesting figures.”In 20 minutes 1,000,000 links are shared on Facebook” If that is true, the implications are enormous. Think about it. Let’s all go viral.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dean.reardon1 Dean Reardon

    Interesting No. 15 does not indicate when they get up (.)(.)

  • http://twitter.com/skypulsemedia Howie at Sky Pulse Media

    See jeff you are part of the problem in my opinion. I could torch most of the numbers. Do you really believe this stuff? It is why marketers had when sales and finance people invade their turf. Sigh. Its not that the numbers are wrong it’s how you represent them. For example number 27. 20 million applications installed every day. Well there is 300mil supposedly logging in today. So only 1 in 15 people will install an application today. It is not as impressive on that scale. Did you know that in April 2010 Facebook claimed 55mins spent per user per day. Now number 18: 700billion minutes is so deceiving. That is a current stat. Divide by 600mil accounts and it is 38mins. Notice the massive drop in usage.

    It does a huge disservice to regurgitate the Facebook hype to impress people when the numbers are aggregated like they are. Dig deep Jeff. Your clients will appreciate reality more than the hype. Because in the end if things don’t work out they will feel either you were inept for being yourself conned or that you conned your client. Both are bad situations.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Howie for your comments. For me personally for my blog marketing, Facebook is second only behind Twitter in distributing my content as a source behind SEO.
      This post is not meant to be about “drinking the cool aid” but about optimizing the spread of your brand, ideas and content distribution on Facebook which is where nearly 700 million hang out. For me it fishing where the fish are ad Facebook ‘likes’ allows me to do that. The challenge for brands, companies and bloggers is to be ubiquitous and social media enables that distribution on steroids Cheers

  • http://www.khaledscorner.com خالد

    Interesting post I Bookmarked it, thanks

  • http://twitter.com/profkprabhakar Dr.K.Prabhakar

    Dear Jeff, It is amazing statistic. Do you think that these figures will translate into higher valuation of facebook when it is likely to go for IPO?

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for the comment and question. The short answer is, the higher the numbers the higher the valuation

  • http://www.pokergosh.com The PokerGosh

    Any fact about money ???

  • http://www.pokergosh.com The PokerGosh

    Any fact about money ???

  • http://homegrowncoupons.com/getcoupons.html Brady Lewis

    Those figures are simply staggering.  We all know that Facebook is huge, but until reading the stats, you really don’t get a grasp on how huge it truly is.  Amazing.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks for your comment. It is quite recent with the numbers being collated at the end of April

  • Anonymous

    Great. This post contain so many interesting fact about the facebook. Facebook is social media site and also helpful for online marketing also.

  • Eugene Hamamoto

    It would be nice to know when the article was put together right at the top to get a sense of how fresh the stats are.  Things are moving so fast.  This information is probably there somewhere, but I usually look for it at the top.

  • http://www.funny-facts-finder.com/funny-facts-about-people funny facts about people

    Facebook is truly amazing!

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EI7TO75HRJKDCK5LVVG32GSGMQ Melissa

    What a very extensive list. Thanks for sharing. I certainly
    learn some new stuff today.



    “Store Photos online”

  • http://eleaseit.com/ car leasing

    Really facebook is getting more and more famous. Things are moving so fast.  This information is probably there somewhere, but I usually look for it at the top.

  • Dmontgomery1916

    I am doing research on stats for an English assignment. I knew Facebook was huge, but people are becoming addicted to it-crazy!

  • Isaiahveliz

    hey im single and i got to say it’s good to have Facebook it’s fun and you meet friends and family so thats pretty cool i just found out about facebook three days ago so im getting used to it

  • http://www.webmentor.cr/ Marco Berrocal

    I am kind of tired of Facebook.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks for the question. They are from about 8 months ago. Time for an update!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kiron.khan.10 Kiron Khan

    Great article! A couple of others already asked where you got the numbers from. I would like to use some for a presentation, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Watch-The-Dark-Knight-Rises-Online/395085420539719

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      The sources are listed at the bottom of the article with links
      Information sourced from
      Alex Trimpe Vimeo Video
      Facebook Press Statistics

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    • http://twitter.com/ilovecheese1995 kayla mather

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marla-Zemanek/527358766 Marla Zemanek

    Thanks for the stats and you need to correct your grammar. #40- Australians: do not use an apostrophe for plurals! It’s for possessives. #48 There ARE. “There is” is singular.

  • rahul

    700 billion minutes are not there in a month