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Facebook Hits 500M Users

Today is a huge milestone Facebook. Now at 500M users, Facebook is the largest social network, with the closest runner-up, Twitter only at 100M users. With 400M people separating the first and second social networks; is Facebook simply too big? Telegraph.co.uk has some interesting statistics on the site’s usage:

People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on the site.

An average user has 130 friends.

There are over 900 million objects in total that Facebook users can interact with, such as community pages.

The average Facebook user is connected 80 pages, groups and events.

The average member creates 90 pieces of content each month.

More than 30 billion pieces of content, like photos, web links and news stories, are shared each month.

About 70 per cent of Facebook users are from outside of the US.

It took five months for Facebook to attract an extra 100 million users, from 400 million to 500 million.

Last January Facebook only had 150 million members.

So what’s the secret? We’d like to hear what you think.

Are Women are “Addicted” to Facebook?

The Guardian reports that one third of women check Facebook when they first wake up. Other reports tout that 39% Of Young Women Are Facebook Addicts and Study: More Than One-Third Of Women ‘Addicted’ To Facebook. Is this surprising?

The reports go in detail to discuss how women use Facebook for not only relationship but as a way to find out news and information about products that they like. Mediapost.com reports that, according to a recent study from rich-media provider Unicast, women age 18-24 are more receptive to online advertising in various formats than the overall population — and are particularly interested in localized information, surveys, social media formats and downloadable content.

ShinyShiny.tv asked it’s audience if they are really “addicted” to Facebook like the news outlets claimed in their reports. The responses are still pouring in by the leading response is, “My Facebook consumption is moderate and nicely under control thank you.”

Even if women are “addicted” to Facebook – is it such a bad thing? We’d like to hear your thoughts.

Should You Advertise on Facebook?

Courtney Rubin of Inc. writes that Facebook may be a better avenue for advertising ROI than Google, according to a recent study. Hitwise reports that Facebook’s news readers are more loyal than those of Google News.

As many as 78 percent of users returned to Facebook to access more news stories, compared with 67 percent of Google News users, according to Hitwise

To learn more about the Hitwise article and how you can harness the advertising power of Facebook, check out Rubin’s original article.

Should You Advertise on Facebook?

Terms of Service and “Doppelganger Week”

If you’ve changed your Facebook profile photo to your look-a-like celebrity, you may be violating the Facebook terms of service agreement. Caroline McCarthy over at CNET.com writes that in the company’s terms of service, it says: “You will not post content or take any action on Facebook that infringes or violates someone else’s rights or otherwise violates the law…We can remove any content or information you post on Facebook if we believe that it violates this Statement.” So unless you took that celebrity photo yourself or bought the rights to it, it may be in violation.

It doesn’t look like Facebook is going to take any action in removing the “offending” pictures from user’s accounts; but, if you’re a stickler for agreements you may want to take down your famous twin’s picture.

New Facebook craze can violate terms of service

The 3 Facebook Settings Every User Should Check Now

The New York Times in partnership with Read Write Web has clearly outlined the important privacy settings that you should implement immediately, if you haven’t done so already. Those of you who edited your privacy settings prior to December’s change have nothing to worry about – that is, assuming you elected to keep your personalized settings when prompted by Facebook’s “transition tool.”

Learn from the article how to change the following settings now:

1. Who Can See The Things You Share (Status Updates, Photo, Videos, etc.)
2. Who Can See Your Personal Info
3. What Google Can See – Keep Your Data Off the Search Engines

Learn more: The 3 Facebook Settings Every User Should Check Now