Statistics are used in every walk of life to compare and contrast different
types of things that exist in the world today. They are the basis of all
scientific principles and all of the new scientific advances must have
statistical proof to even have a chance at being accepted into general
knowledge. In keeping with the importance that is placed on statistics in the
world today, here are some interesting statistics regarding the Facebook social
networking online service.
In terms of total users, Facebook has approximately 18,000,000. This number
places it amongst the top social networking websites in the world; not bad for a
website that was started as a hobby project by a Harvard student. This
18,000,000 number is reputed to contain multiple accounts; in other words there
is an assertion out there that there are not actually 18,000,000 people using
the Facebook service but that many people have more than one account on it. This
is certainly true for many similar services such as MySpace, so it is indeed
quite possible that there might be less than 18 million people using the
In terms of page views, Facebook gets 30,000,000,000 page views per month.
Thatís right; 30 billion page views per month. If you were ever curious as to
why people enjoy using social networking services to meet new people, thatís
why. This figure of 30 billion page views per month puts it second only to
MySpace in the page views per month category amongst social networking websites.
In addition, Facebook also enjoys a whopping 600,000,000 searches per month on
the major search engines. There are a lot of people searching, using and joining
the service on a regular basis and as social networking as a niche continues to
grow, so too will Facebook.
The largest network on Facebook is the Toronto network, home to over 500,000
users and as a point of interest the servers that run Facebook have 2 terabytes
(2000 gigabytes) of RAM in them.
Because Facebook and other social networking sites have become so popular,
there have been many studies done on them. These studies track different
variables and the following results from those studies might interest you
greatly. According to a study done in 2005, approximately 85% of students in the
post secondary institutions that have networks on Facebook had accounts on the
site. Furthermore, it was also found that 60% of those students that had
accounts logged into their accounts on a daily basis. Another interesting
statistic that was found by a study conducted at the same time was that 9 out of
every 10 undergraduate college students within the United States of America have
either used Facebook or MySpace at some point in their life.
To end on a high note in this game of statistics, here is something that you
might find very shocking. According to web traffic numbers and taking into
account the 30 billion page views Facebook gets on a monthly basis, it is now
the 7th most visited site within the United States.