Staggering Facts, Figures and Statistics about Facebook – Infographic

While I was sleeping a few days ago a shepherd in Uzbekistan logged onto the the internet, created a Facebook  account and then took a photo of his favourite sheep to become the one billionth person on the planet to join Facebook.Staggering Facebook Facts, Figures and Statistics Infographic

It most probably happened on his iPhone that had been bought online because someone told him on Twitter about a special discount deal at an online store.

We live in a world that we barely recognise from only 10 years ago that now includes mobile science fiction defying devices called smart phones and strange terms and activities such as tweets, likes and pinning.

We think nothing of starting up Skype (with over 650 million registered users) and having a video call with a friend or colleague in Iceland while sipping on a chardonnay. It is a global mind meld with multi-media telepathy.

Just last Thursday Facebook officially announced that they had passed this significant milestone. The number is sizeable and the moment is worth noting but it is the other facts and figures that accompany this social media trivia titbit, that put into perspective how much social networks have woven themselves into the fabric of our lives. These include photos downloaded, the total number of friend connections and songs downloaded.

The Other Statistics

While Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest and other photo sharing sites are significant the Facebook ecosystem makes them look like an afterthought along with the other accompanying facts.

  • 219 billion photos have been uploaded onto Facebook (including that sheep photo)
  • Since the Facebook “like” was introduced in 2009 (yes, it was only 3 years ago and now it is ubiquitous) we have hit that button 1.13 trillion times
  • There have been 140.3 billion friend connections (no mention of how much “unfriending has ocurred)
  • 17 billion location-tagged posts, including check-ins
  • 62.6 billion songs have been played 22 billion times which is 210,000 years of music
  • Average age of a Facebook user is 22 years
  • Facebook now has 600 million mobile users

In 2008 (which is only 4 years ago) Facebook only had 100 million users. It isn’t time to relax though as there are still over 6 billion more people to sign up.

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 Source for Infographic: Mashable 

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  • Fatrian

    Sorry Jeff, but where you get info that 1 billionth person is a a shepherd from Uzbekistan?

    • Jeff Bullas

      It is my attempt at humor and not to be taken literally :)

    • Gaa Corner

      There is only a 15% chance your imaginary shepherd used an iPhone – everyone else uses something else

  • Fatrian

    Why my previous comment was declined?

    • Jeff Bullas

      It wasn’t declined it just hadn’t been approved yet. Cheers

  • Brent Williams

    Staggering! I couldn’t think of a more perfect description. If only we could fully understand the ENORMITY of those #’s. Kudos Mr. Bullas!

  • Sarah Wilson

    Wow. Simply wow.


    It is unbelievable that you can look at numbers like these and wonder why their stock has done so poorly.

  • Noticias Hoy

    So basically 1 every 6 people has a facebook account ?

  • Jeff Bullas

    Facebook is banned in China due to censorship.

  • Jeff Bullas

    Facebook is banned in China due to censorship.

  • Jeff Bullas

    The Chinese Facebook users are a creative group and are finding ways around it.

  • Madras Ponnu

    Totally agree with you on this.