[LINK] With Now 400 Million Users, Should Facebook Qualify for a seat in the United Nations

David Goldstein wavey_one at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 17 17:04:11 AEST 2009

Try 300 million users. See http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=136782277130 or http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/sep/15/facebook-300-million.


----- Original Message ----
> From: Tom Koltai <tomk at unwired.com.au>
> To: link at anu.edu.au
> Sent: Wednesday, 16 September, 2009 2:03:15 PM
> Subject: [LINK] With Now 400 Million Users, Should Facebook Qualify for a seat in the United Nations
> Link members will be aware that I have been looking closely at P2P over
> the last few months.
> Recently I have shut down the Australian P2P Research Server, because
> the Game appears to be set and Match to Facebook.
> An article (anecdotal data at this stage, I'm afraid) I just blogged
> said:
> Facebook has done more for détente and political stability than any
> other single group of individuals.
> It has attracted 400 million users.
> The Applications have encouraged perfect strangers to extend trust and
> comradeship in the pursuance of a common goal.
> It has given those users a platform to express themselves freely.
> My own collection of P2P statistics shows that less users are on the
> P2Pnetworks every day.
> It would appear that Facebook games and other social interaction
> applications are the new Media choice for the masses.
> Which kind of make sense.
> The average run of a TV show is between 13 and 22 episodes a year.
> The average Facebook game rises to prominence, achieves saturation and
> then declines over a four to six month period.
> With 200,000 applications and over 20,000 developers, Facebook is
> rubbing shoulders with Warner, Fox, Disney and Universal.
> It’s eyeball numbers have already exceeded all of the US Television
> Network audiences and will next impact cinema attendance.
> Advertisers would do well to recognise the eventuality that increased
> Facebook utilisation will force them to transfer their focus from direct
> product based advertorial to sponsorship based trademark and brand
> development.
> So it would appear that we have gone full circle to return to the
> advertising meme of the early Television years, except with a new
> transmission platform; Facebook.
> The Facebook Top 50 applications changes on a daily basis. 
> Hardware and network restrictions automatically apply brakes to the
> continued rapid growth on an hourly basis which is in fact a self
> limiting environmental censorship that creates new opportunities for the
> smaller application developers.
> Here’s the Top fifty Apps – As at Midnight last night……
> Chart here--
> http://www.perceptric.com/blog/_archives/2009/9/16/4322789.html
> Yep, that's 89 million per day with a monthly users total for only the
> top 60 applications of 547,440,423.
> That's a lot of people with a common purpose. To be entertained in a
> socially enjoyable environment and not be bludgeoned to death with
> editorial opinion or advertising.
> We’ll try keep on top of this – as much as possible and show the
> differences in the applications and attempt to identify the memes in the
> coming weeks.
> Conclusion:
> Facebook is killing traditional media.
> Facebook is killing P2P.
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