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20 Interesting Facts, Figures and Statistics Revealed by Facebook

Facebook is about to raise $5 billion from investors.

20 Interesting Facts Figures and Statistics Revealed by Facebook

When you are ask for that amount of money then you need to produce some reliable evidence and facts and figures about the current state of play that are accurate.

So Facebook has recently revealed the latest statistics about its business in its S1 Filing for its upcoming IPO.

Facebook doesn’t appear to be struggling for cash as it has recently paid Instagram $1 billion to purchase its mobile photo app business and Microsoft $550 million  for 650 patents (that it recently bought off Yahoo)

In a knowledge economy that rewards innovators, patents are becoming increasingly valuable to protect your intellectual properties from potential imitators.

Facebook’s Growth not Slowing

If you have a look at this graph from its latest filing for the upcoming IPO, it seems apparent that its growth is not slowing anytime soon and with over 7 billion people on the planet it still has a lot of  headroom for future growth.

Facebook Growth Chart to 2012

This is despite Facebook being banned in China and the English speaking countries such as the US, Australia and the UK having almost no growth.

The Facebook mission which states “To make the world more open and connected” is obviously resonating with the earth’s netizens.

Here are latest statistics revealed by Facebook.

The Facts and Figures from Facebook

  1. Monthly active users now total 901 million (up from 680 million a year ago)
  2. One in 7.7 people in the world have a Facebook account.
  3. Daily active users are up to 526 million (up from 372 million last year)
  4. Monthly mobile users now total 488 million
  5. Eighty-three million monthly active users accessed Facebook solely from mobile in the month ending March 31, 2012
  6. 300 million photos are uploaded to the site each day
  7. 3.2 billion Likes and Comments are posted daily
  8. Hosts 125 billion friendships
  9. Revenue for the first quarter of 2012 was $1.058 billion, up from $731 million last year
  10. Facebook expects to raise $5 billion in its IPO
  11. Facebook’s estimated value will be close to $100 billion after the IPO
  12. Facebook paid Instagram the equivalent of $1.01 billion for its business
  13. Facebook will pay Instagram a $200 million termination fee if government authorities prevent the acquisition from being completed
  14. If Facebook increased its current revenue rate it will make from $4.69 to $4.81 on each of its 901 million users each year
  15. Facebook hosts 42 million “Pages” with 10 or more likes
  16. There are currently 9 million Facebook “apps”
  17. Facebook owns 774 of its own US patents
  18. Facebook bought an additional 650 patents from Microsoft for $550 million
  19. Zynga the online games company (which includes Farmville) contributes 15% of Facebook revenue
  20. Facebook currently has 3,539 full-time employees

What numbers surprise you on this list?

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  • 19 always blows me away… social games are the river of gold for Facebook but will people tire of them?  How much Farmville is enough?

  • No Andrea it has moved way beyond hype into mainstream !

  • No Andrea it has moved way beyond hype into mainstream !

  • No Andrea it has moved way beyond hype into mainstream !

  • Thanks for the heads up on the typo, I love crowd sourced proof reading 🙂

  • what would be more interesting is to see how a small business generate revenue from facebook? Interesting survey would be X friends, or fans, x posts generate x $$ 

  • What would be more interesting is to have a survey on how small business can use facebook to generate revenue!  For example X fans, X posts, X likes generate X $$$.  Another nice one would compare advertising $$ spent on Facebook vs Google = bottom line

  • Anonymous

    Numbers such as these can be mind boggling and difficult to wrap your brain around.  But on a personal/professional level let give you a few numbers that migth be easier to manage.  I have been using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for several years now.  I can say that 80% of traffic to my company’s site is generated from these platforms.  80%! For the owner of a boutique firm that competes locally for business, this is a powerful number.  I’m eager to see how it will continue to evolve.
    Ken Schmitt

  • Wow! Some scary facts there! Pretty soon Facebook is going to brake 1 billion users! Jeff, do you see anything that might someday be bigger than FB? 

  • Wow! Some scary facts there! Pretty soon Facebook is going to brake 1 billion users! Jeff, do you see anything that might someday be bigger than FB? 

  • Those are some incredible numbers !!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Incredible numbers. Thanks for sharing. The trends in mobile shouldn’t surprise us but incredible just the same.

  • Jdffhgg

    Facebook is Lucky1

  • geetha

    facebook is best frnd of mine…!!!…