Facebook is big, but just how big?

Just 15 years ago, if you said, “hold on, I have to tweet this and post a picture on Facebook,” people would look at you like you are one slice short of the full pie. Now, it’s the accepted norm and sites like Facebook have become so ingrained in everyday culture that they have changed the way we communicate and share information. Facebook is now so big, that if you’re not on it, you may be missing out. But just how big is Facebook?

Here are some interesting Facebook facts and figures.

Number of active users: over 1 billion.
Number of mobile users: 600 million. That’s right, over half of the users access Facebook from their mobile phones.
Number of likes since launch: 1.13 trillion. It’s crazy, thats 1,130 likes per person.
Number of connections: Facebook’s 1 billion users are connected to 140.3 billion other users. Talk about six degrees of separation!
Number of locally tagged posts: 17 billion. The ability to add your location to posts was introduced in August 2010, and this statistic came from September 2012.

These are just a few Facebook facts associated with the recent 1 billionth active user milestone, reached in October. It’s amazing to think that 1/7th of the world’s population are active Facebook users. Imagine what the number would be if it wasn’t blocked in China?

So, what do these numbers mean for you? Well, first of all, it means a huge potential network of clients/friends. If 1 billion users are connected with 140.3 billion other users, that means that the average number of friends a user has is 140.3. Imagine running an ad campaign on any medium, having 140 of your closest friends see it, and share it with their friends. Your brand has the potential to go global and viral in a very short amount of time.

How do you leverage these numbers? Most companies use Facebook Ads, a service which allows you to place ads that users will see and potentially click on. If leveraged correctly, Facebook is one powerful marketing platform, regardless of the size of the company. If your company doesn’t have a presence on Facebook, you’re missing out on the potential it can bring. Call us. We can help you establish a presence.

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