Facebook Stats in 2010

Posted on December 31st, 2010 in thoughts | No Comments »

A number of places on the web have posted some fascinating Facebook stats of activity in 2010 – I can’t work out where the original source is but will post some references at the end.

They quote that in 2010 in a randomly sampled 20 minute time slot there were (in order)

  • Comments: 10,208,000
  • Likes: 7,657,000
  • Messages: 4,632,000
  • Photos uploaded: 2,716,000
  • Friend requests accepted: 1,972,000
  • Status updates: 1,851,000
  • Wall posts: 1,587,000
  • Event invites sent out: 1,484,000
  • Tagged photos: 1,323,000
  • Shared links: 1,000,000

I assume they are all rounded to the nearest 1000 or it would be quite a coincidence.

They also claim that in 2010 the following changes were made to relationship statuses

  • 43,869,800 changed to single
  • 36,774,801 changes to married
  • 28,460,516 changed to in a relationship
  • 5,974,574 changed to engaged
  • 3,025,791 changed to “it’s complicated”

Of course these statistics don’t really tell you much except that Facebook is pretty enormous and heavily used and that it’s pretty easy to get statistics from it.

A week ago Facebook posted this video about the top trends on Facebook in 2010, over 6000 people have liked it so far so it’s probably worth a watch!

I first came across this story from http://rorycellan.posterous.com/those-facebook-stats-for-2010 the posterous blog of BBC Tech Correspondant Rory Cellan Jones via a linked in message.

Trying to find the source I came across posts by Democracy UK http://www.facebook.com/notes/democracy-uk-on-facebook/a-snapshot-of-facebook-in-2010/172769082761603 and Mashable http://mashable.com/2010/12/31/facebook-by-the-numbers-in-2010-stats/ who also put the link in to the video.

Edit – this Facebook blog post also explains the top status trends of the year http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=466369142130

Wishing all readers a great New Year.

Yesterday I had my last ICT lesson with my Year 11 GCSE ICT class. They leave school for study leave on Thursday.

We had a little party with cake, took a group photo and I printed them all certificates with a different award for each pupil. (A good bit of mail merge revision too!)

One girl took out her mobile to snap a photo of her certificate and uploaded and tagged it on facebook (via her mobile).

Did I…

(a) Marvel at how technology is used by teens and schlep nachas (take pride – yiddish) that my student had liked the certificate.

(b) Ask her to delete the photo and confiscate the phone.

(c) Phone her parents and warn them of the dangers of a 16 year old having unfiltered access to the internet on their phone.

Answers on a postcard…

ICT certificate