Facebook Facts

10,000 machines run the facebook site

100,000 facebook applications in the UK

100,000,000 facebook users worldwide


Mark Zuckerberg talks about Facebook at Future of Web Apps Expo. I dont use facebook very much. I started my account in 2006 because I was speaking at a Fusion student event and this was the way they were communicating with each other. As soon as I joined, my email box was inundated with trivia about who was saying what to someone else and I found it all quite invasive and time-wasting. Then some decent games came along and I was a bit more positive about Facebook, but not enough to spend hours inside it. Now, my facebook account is updated daily by my twitter and there is still a fair amount of internal email that I need to read. I have over a hundred groups that people think I should join and an army of faces and names I dont recognise who want to be my friends. But still, its an amazing platform and an amazing story.

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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • My facebook account manages itself as well – Twitter upadates my status and Vimeo posts my new videos. Other than that I rarely check it. My interns absolutely love it though…

  • becky says:

    I joined facebook to help Karen Ward promote Anglimergent. Since then, I found it’s helpful as a social networking tool – I can let a large group of people who I know are interested in new forms of doing church know about the Emerging Pub at AAR for instance.
    Besides the proclivity of any internet activity to consume too much of one’s time, my major concern with Facebook and MySpace is that I’ve seen too many incidents where I wonder if people realize that what they’re doing is seen by much more than their drunken bar buddies. If I were say picking speakers for a youth group event, I’m not liable to pick someone who has pics of himself passed out, going to the loo, flirting heavily with a woman not his wife, and so on …
    I’ve avoided twitter on the grounds it feels too invasive for me (and I need to limit my time online – just cut back big-time on the # of blogs I read) and I’ve rejected all other invites to join social networking sites.

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