WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook's numbers are epic. More Americans check Facebook daily than read the Bible and it has more monthly users worldwide than most continents have people.
Facebook, which celebrates its 10th anniversary Tuesday, says worldwide it has 757 million daily active users. Of those 19 per cent are in the U.S. and Canada, so that's more than 143 million people checking Facebook daily.
The Bible used to be the go-to for statistics about reading, pre-digital age. A 2006 CBS News poll found 15 per cent of U.S. adults read the Bible or other religious texts daily. There are about 267 million adults in the U.S. and Canada. That means about 40 million people reading the Bible daily.
And then there are monthly users — Facebook claims 1.23 billion of them. That's more people than live in any country but China. In fact, Facebook is beyond comparing to nations and is more continental in magnitude. Facebook's monthly user population is larger than six of the seven continents, only behind Asia.
Facebook's monthly user total is about the population of all of North America and Europe combined.
But all those numbers pale behind this one factoid from Facebook: About 400 billion photos have been shared on Facebook.
That's lots of selfies.
If you printed them out four to a page on regular-sized sheets of paper and put the 100 billion sheets end to end, they would stretch for about 17 million miles. That's enough snapshots to reach to the moon and back 34 times.
And it all started ten years ago in a dorm room.
By Now Everyone You Know Probably Has Or Had Facebook And If You Don't...
And Since Making An Account, Your Life Has Become Simpler
Now You Can Now Stalk Anyone And Almost Everyone
Because it's important to know on what's going in your crush's life ... and how you can be a part of it.
But You Often End Up Stalking Your Exes (And Their New Gfs/Bfs) Instead
You Can Reconnect With People From High School
Even if you really don't want to. (Refer back to slide one.)
Remember People's Birthdays
Because we all know how special they feel when they see a message on their wall.
Because you would never do this in real life.
Catch Up On Everybody's Life
If you've self-diagnosed with FOMO (fear of missing out), never fear: Facebook has every single wedding, child, break-up, new job and vacation update ready to go.
Use Your Wall And About Me Sections To Sell Yourself
You have the best work experience, degree, oh, and just won an award. Add it to your life events.
Follow People You Don't Know ... And Get Super Jealous
Maybe I shouldn't have followed them...
Relive All Your Embarrassing And Drunk Moments
Over and over again.
But Also All Those Amazing Vacation Memories
Add that to your map.
You Love How Your Approval Of Something Can Be Expressed In One Single Click
Similarly, So Can Hate
Can I unfriend you?
You Can Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve
Let everyone know your favourite TV shows, movies, clothing companies and all the books you read in a year.
And Ultimately, Use Facebook As A Verb