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Facebook Usage Hits 16 Billion Minutes a Day

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the thats-a-lotta-waste dept.

The Internet 107

1sockchuck writes "Facebook's 400 million users spend more than 16 billion minutes on the site every day, and view 1 million photos every second. That's prompted massive growth in the social network's infrastructure, which now encompasses more than 60,000 servers. Facebook's Tom Cook discussed how the company's operations team manages that growth in a presentation last week at the O"Reilly Velocity conference (video). The next day at Structure 2010, Facebook Vice President of Operations Jonathan Heiliger said server and chip makers have 'come a long way' in supporting cloud platforms since he bashed them last year."

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wow... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32716742)

A Lot of wasted time...

Re:wow... (5, Funny)

boneclinkz (1284458) | more than 4 years ago | (#32716842)

Are you telling me that finally answering the question "which Jersey Shore character are you?", via 106-question interactive quiz, is somehow a waste of time?

Some of us are working on a legacy to pass along, you know. When you great-great-grandchildren look at their mother and ask "mom, was great-great-granddad more like Mike 'The Situation' or D.J. Pauly D?" will she have an answer? Or will she have to look down at her feet in shame and whisper "I don't know."?

Re:wow... (1)

RivenAleem (1590553) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717294)

Slashdot reader having great-great-grandchildren? PREPOSTEROUS!

Re:wow... (3, Funny)

davester666 (731373) | more than 4 years ago | (#32718250)

Yes, if anything, they will be average-average-insignificant-children...

Re:wow... (1, Funny)

shish (588640) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717028)

A Lot of wasted time...

Thank you for usefully spending the time to post this comment to a slashdot discussion, I'm sure your life has been enriched immeasurably, as mine was by sitting here reading it!

Re:wow... (1)

MosX (773406) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717034)

Communicating with people is a waste of time?

Re:wow... (1, Insightful)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717464)

Yes.

Re:wow... (1, Offtopic)

jorgevillalobos (1044924) | more than 4 years ago | (#32721120)

Insightful? Wow, just wow.

Re:wow... (1)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | more than 4 years ago | (#32722344)

Only on Slashdot is humor taken so seriously. (It was a self-referential joke BTW, posting on Slashdot is a form of communication with other people).

Re:wow... (1)

jorgevillalobos (1044924) | more than 4 years ago | (#32722490)

Ah, then I guess a whoosh is in order. Nothing to see here, move along.

Re:wow... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32717056)

A Lot of wasted time...

And a lot of wasted bandwidth too...
They could read slashdot instead and learn about FB's privacy issues.

Re:wow... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32717162)

Improve global productivity by 16 billion minutes a day.

Seize facebook and shut it down.

Re:wow... (1, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717166)

...says the AC on slashdot!

Re:wow... (5, Interesting)

wvmarle (1070040) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717286)

That would be 40 minutes per user per day.

I think it is quite reasonable to assume that half of the registered users is not using the site at all - maybe more - people lose interest, sign up for a one-time must see page, whatever. And unused accounts are not deleted of course. I am one of the less active users; I have an account and spend maybe five minutes a week on Facebook, if that much.

So that would mean that every active user would spend almost 1 1/2 hours per day surfing that site. On average. Which falls for me in the "bullshit" category. Just totally unbelievable. I don't even waste that much time on slashdot.

Viewing a million photos per second is more believable. I just opened my own Facebook page and found over 30 photos in the "news feed" alone. And I bet they count them all, thumbnails included. So take that as average: 30 photos on a page. And for an active Facebook browser one page every 15 seconds on average, I doubt they linger much. That is two photos a second they are "viewing". That requires 500,000 users online on average to reach that 1 mln photos a second.

Now take that back to the time spent online: 1440 minutes in a day; 500,000 out of 400 mln actually online, that makes an average of 1.8 minutes per registered user per day to get to the required half million users online at any one moment. Hey that sounds much more reasonable to me already. And that would give me a total of a mere 720 mln minutes wasted per day on Facebook. That's a whopping two orders of magnitude off of the claimed 16 bln. My numbers may be guesstimates but I can't imagine I'm two orders of magnitude off.

Now to think of the amount of time I wasted on this posting...

Re:wow... (4, Insightful)

eulernet (1132389) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717564)

I think it is quite reasonable to assume that half of the registered users is not using the site at all

I think the 80/20 rule applies here.
That is: 20% of registered people use Facebook daily, and use 80% of the resources.

Re:wow... (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717924)

Let's focus on those 20% then - that are the users that really count for a site like Facebook. Probably it's even more skewed though. I don't have the stats at hand but looking at e.g. wikipedia it's a hard core of maybe 1% of users that produces 90% of the content. Facebook will have lots and lots of browsers/lurkers and relatively few actual content producers.

Anyway those 20% of registered users, that is the 80 mln of them, would amount to viewing 800,000 photos per second. 30 photos per page, that comes down to 27,000 pages per second, 2.3 bln pages per day, 29 pages per active user per day. Or just over 7 minutes time spent each day for an active user of the top 20%.

That's not much really.

Re:wow... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32717652)

And if I had to guess, I'd say they count the time that people leave their browser up.

My wife leaves her browser up with FB open almost all the time (until I log into her laptop because she's having a problem, and tell her Firefox is eating up a lot of memory according to top, she closes it, memory usage goes away, laptop problems clear up, then she opens FB again).

So, figure her FB page is open on her laptop 18 hours a day, but only in use for 1 hour - 4 hours (stay at home mom and keeps the house insanely clean... by my standards anyway... so 4 hours is easy for her, and not really wasted time that could be spent on work...). Which do they count, the 1 - 4 hours active, or the 18 hours it's open?

Re:wow... (1, Insightful)

seanalltogether (1071602) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717698)

Please tell us more about all the pointless guesstimates you've derived this week. You basically tried to refute facebooks numbers with nothing more then "if i do x a certain way, so does everyone else". And then just piled on assumption after assumption to arrive at nothing.

Re:wow... (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717996)

Feel free to present your own if you think you have better numbers to play with.

Re:wow... (4, Insightful)

s.d. (33767) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717702)

So that would mean that every active user would spend almost 1 1/2 hours per day surfing that site. On average. Which falls for me in the "bullshit" category. Just totally unbelievable.

Why is this unbelievable? Just because you don't play games on the site for 3 hours a day doesn't mean other people don't...

Re:wow... (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | more than 4 years ago | (#32718006)

Because you're talking averages.

Web sites tend to have many many more inactive users than active.

And then still reaching such an average number!

Re:wow... (4, Interesting)

RavenChild (854835) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717808)

I work in a computer lab on my university campus. I sit in the lab for 3-5 hours a few days a week. With this kind of time, I have noticed many people come in and read/post on facebook for at least an hour every day (I have seen people using facebook for my entire shifts).

When I notice a line starting for computers, I go around and ask the people I noticed spending too much time on facebook to let those in line have a chance. I always do this politely but even though they have spent an hour or two on facebook, I am always met with a look of disgust. Some of those people have even started yelling at me and others I've had to call campus police to escort out. It really seems as if many people have a mental addiction to social networks like facebook. They fear that they will miss something important if they aren't watching the news feed 24/7.

Those are the type of people that I see when I'm working the lab that lead me to believe these statistics just a bit. 16 billion seems too big but I can believe at least 3-5 billion minutes are spent on facebook a day just from the people I see in the labs.

Now something I do agree with you with respect to the pictures viewed is that facebook may also be counting the time people are logged into the facebook chat or just have a facebook window open. I know I leave firefox open all the time with facebook somewhere in my assortment of tabs.

Re:wow... (1)

PerfectionLost (1004287) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717950)

I wouldn't be surprised if half their users spent an hour on there site each day.

Re:wow... (1)

HarrisonFisk (624200) | more than 4 years ago | (#32723898)

I think it is quite reasonable to assume that half of the registered users is not using the site at all - maybe more - people lose interest, sign up for a one-time must see page, whatever. And unused accounts are not deleted of course. I am one of the less active users; I have an account and spend maybe five minutes a week on Facebook, if that much.

This is your problem. The 400 million number is monthly active users (just like most web companies quote). These are at least semi-active accounts, they have logged in and been active at least once in the last month. If someone signs up and then never uses it again, or stops using it, then they will not be counted in the 400m value.

Re:wow... (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | more than 4 years ago | (#32725920)

Most companies will give you a number of registered users. That sounds better: it's a higher number than active users.

Secondly in case 50% of the accounts is active (which would surprise me; I expect a lower percentage), this would mean 800 mln total accounts. Or on account for every 10 people in this world. Currently the about 1.8 bln [internetworldstats.com] which would mean almost half of all Internet users have a Facebook account. Even at 400 mln registered users that means 22% of all Internet users in this world have a Facebook - this is already a very high number.

Re:wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32723942)

So that would mean that every active user would spend almost 1 1/2 hours per day surfing that site. On average. Which falls for me in the "bullshit" category.

Clearly you have never met my wife or any of her friends. They could achieve 1.5h per day if they cut back about half.

Re:wow... (1)

jareth-0205 (525594) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717512)

A Lot of wasted time...

What would you rather people be doing? Watching TV? Because that's the choice. This isn't some dichotomy where people come home and either go on Facebook or do something virtuous (like volunteer or create art or cure cancer or whatever).

Re:wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32724576)

Nice going, space cadet. You just contradicted yourself.

Re:wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32725420)

The people using it obviously don't think so. Considering it's *their* time, what's the problem?

Impressive (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32716748)

That's a lot of completely wasted time and resources.

Re:Impressive (2, Insightful)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717374)

That's a lot of completely wasted time and resources.

Heh. "I just thought I'd come onto Slashdot and spend 20 seconds talking about how reading and posting on another site is a complete waste of time and resources."

What a waste... (3, Funny)

jhouserizer (616566) | more than 4 years ago | (#32716756)

Just imagine the fun they could all be having with Pac-Man instead...

Re:What a waste... (2, Interesting)

ninjacheeseburger (1330559) | more than 4 years ago | (#32716916)

16 billion / 400 million = 40 minutes per person?
That's a lot of farm-ville.
I probably spend 3-5 mins checking if I have any messages or events, and then quickly scroll down to see if anything important is going on.

Re:What a waste... (4, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717010)

and if you ever find something that is important, do let us know.

Re:What a waste... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32717062)

lol

Re:What a waste... (1)

ninjacheeseburger (1330559) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717420)

I knew from the moment I posted this was coming-
I will prove you wrong by checking my facebook right now...
Ok your right it was just a load of people moaning about work, or some one posting a load of filth (i hope they were being fraped).

Re:What a waste... (2, Insightful)

Mikkeles (698461) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717098)

'... and then quickly scroll down to see if anything important is going on.'

And??? Is it ever?

Re:What a waste... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32717262)

Well, the other day I found out one of my school friends had a baby. It was a good time to call, wish her and reconnect.

Oh wait, this is /. You're right, nothing important ever happens on Facebook.

Re:What a waste... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32723174)

Must have been a close friend to have found out, on FB, that he (or she) had a baby.

Re:What a waste... (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717428)

And??? Is it ever?

Happens to me fairly regularly. Then again, most of the friends I have on my Facebook account are colleagues in the industry I work in. We help each other find work. We have a few laughs, too.

Re:What a waste... (4, Funny)

numbski (515011) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717358)

This is quickly turning into a time-wasting recursion loop. We're now doing math *on Slashdot* on the amount of time people spending wasting time on Facebook.

The only thing missing here is for this to be on idle.slashdot.org, not tech.slashdot.org. :P

Re:What a waste... (3, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717562)

The only thing missing here is for this to be on idle.slashdot.org, not tech.slashdot.org. :P

No, idle will run a story about the amount of time that people waste on Slashdot.

Re:What a waste... (1)

CyDharttha (939997) | more than 4 years ago | (#32718600)

The math, while quick and dirty, can be used as another reference (among many used and generated) when estimating capacity and growth for similar social-based sites and applications.

No we don't. (5, Insightful)

chickenrob (696532) | more than 4 years ago | (#32716776)

Many of us use tabbed browsers on desktops that run 24/7 with a facebook tab open.

Re:No we don't. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32716800)

I just run a bot which watches all pictures on facebook to screw up their statistics.
And then I laugh: "ha-ha! Where is your statistical interpretation now! Ha!Ha!"

Re:No we don't. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32716828)

Many of us use tabbed browsers on desktops that run 24/7 with a facebook tab open.

Many of us geeks, perhaps (although I'd debate even that), but I don't think a significant fraction of the 400 million users TFS mentions does this. Chances are the effects are negligible, assuming the way this was measured is even fooled by things such as "I'm keeping a browser tab open (but not using it)".

Re:No we don't. (2, Interesting)

aldld (1663705) | more than 4 years ago | (#32716862)

Well, I know a lot of non-geeks who often open up a browser window, go to Facebook (or some other sites), and when they go do something else leave the window and don't bother closing it. Eventually they forget about it and they end up having Facebook open for hours, or sometimes even days.

Re:No we don't. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32716938)

My wife went to her parents for the weekend, I got home from work to go to my computer, what do I hear? Her FB game making annoying sounds...

Re:No we don't. (4, Interesting)

Andy Dodd (701) | more than 4 years ago | (#32716954)

I just had a comment from a coworker that I always seemed to be online. I replied that I used Facebook's XMPP support and was logged in to it from an IM client, even when I wasn't actually at the computer. (My home computer has Pidgin running almost constantly.)

In addition to that, my home machine usually has Facebook open in a tab in Firefox. Facebook and GMail are pretty much my "always open even when out of the house" tabs.

Re:No we don't. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32717022)

So basically your coworker suggested that you have no life, and lo and behold, they were right.

Re:No we don't. (1)

IflyRC (956454) | more than 4 years ago | (#32718872)

Facebook is the best way for those of us that don't have friends to connect with friends we used to have. Don't ruin it for us. ;)

Re:No we don't. (2, Interesting)

IsoRashi (556454) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717042)

I'm not sure I really understand your post. It seems like you think the numbers are inflated because some people are "on" facebook 24/7 but not actively using the site all the time. Yet 16 billion minutes among 400 million users is only 40 minutes per user. That doesn't sound too preposterous to me.

Re:No we don't. (1)

RivenAleem (1590553) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717200)

Yeah, but if the 10,000 people who stay on it for 24 hours straight were removed from the calculation then the average usage is actually

(16,000,000,000 - 14,400,000) / (400,000,000 - 399990000)

39.965 minutes

That changes EVERYTHING!

Re:No we don't. (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 4 years ago | (#32718484)

No, it's 20 million morons who don't know how to close a tab if their life depended on it.

Re:No we don't. (1)

Lunoria (1496339) | more than 4 years ago | (#32719200)

We know how to close tabs. It's just isn't worth the time it takes. You come to my front door, and demand I close my excess tabs, I'll do so.

Re:No we don't. (1)

Roberticus (1237374) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717852)

This is also why it makes me unhappy when people use "Time on Page" as a meaningful reporting statistic in Google Analytics.

So... (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#32716794)

Is anything interesting (aside from what shows up on Failbook [failbook.com] ) served up on FB?

Didn't think so.

Re:So... (1)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717132)

Is anything interesting (aside from what shows up on Failbook) served up on FB?

You have to add "friends" first... And show interest in the things they do and while doing it amply and enlarge their ego, backpatting them if they successfully prepare a meal or make a picture of their ugly babies.

Or, type a form of affirmation of established "friendship" by typing "lol" or other re-enforcing comments when they do something they perceive as "daring", "desirable", "funny", ... (which is easily to be read in which context the content is provided. A picture with caption including a posessive noun indicates the desire for ego-rubbing. If there's an added ":(", it might be a primal desire for support and consolace, like "the puppy was old anyway" or "you deserve better as this mating parting that has parted you")

After a while, you will be "liked", and people will express this by clicking a link whenever you "do something of interest", as a social contract for your added value to their virtual lives. This is also some form of conditioning, so people will train you like a puppy to do things they like and you hence become a "interactive entertainment object".

It's really easy. The more you "share" of yourself (be sure to have something to share, if needed, go to an old nostalgic place and re-enact moments you like or were fond of, take 300 pictures from 20 different angles of a single location so people feel "they are standing there with you" and will like you for bringing "reality" to their virtual experience. Never forget to "open up private moments", and repeat them on each occassoin they occur, say christmass. And repeat this every year to share with your friends, show how great of a person you think you are.

It is imperative to find a balance to be "virtual active"( you have to show interest to "your friends", but at the same time "create content from the real world" or invite alot of people to the games you're playing to "bound".) as people need their ego's to be rubbed regularly in order to want to rub yours: it's a system where one seeks the "most beneficial to my psychological and social perceived wellbeing", where people tune out "haters" or "cancer" and hence create an idealized mentally projected world. A bit like psychotic monkeys.

tl:dr; you were doing it wrong. But now, with these steps, facebook might be more interesting to you.

Yes, I have a facebook. I removed it once, but my telephone was constantly ringing from all over the world with people asking me if I was still alive. So I restored it to make it stop. But, OTOH: Who doesn't want to be globally loved while others enforce your dillusions about yourself? And you filter out those things not fitting in your world picture or within your ability to conceptualize and understand?

Re:So... (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#32721006)

hrm

Games (1)

seanvaandering (604658) | more than 4 years ago | (#32716806)

My usage would be ZERO minutes if it wasn't for those addictive games that make me want to add everyone as a friend...

facebook no more (4, Interesting)

stanlyb (1839382) | more than 4 years ago | (#32716808)

I have a Facebook account only to be in touch with some friends of mine......and the only "activity" that i see on my page is some smallville, zoo-ville or whatever-ville game post/request. Thank you, but no thank you. I am considering closing my account sooner than later, and i suppose there are a lot other people intending to do same.

Re:facebook no more (1)

Colourspace (563895) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717044)

Yep, did that last November, haven't looked back. Just reminded me of why I didn't stay friends with a lot of people in the first place..!

Re:facebook no more (2, Funny)

Zarf_is_with_you (1382411) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717208)



"I Swear if you send me another Farmville Invitation I will slaughter your Cows"

http://tinyurl.com/252stgq

Re:facebook no more (2, Informative)

RManning (544016) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717574)

I have a Facebook account only to be in touch with some friends of mine......and the only "activity" that i see on my page is some smallville, zoo-ville or whatever-ville game post/request. Thank you, but no thank you. I am considering closing my account sooner than later, and i suppose there are a lot other people intending to do same.

All those game updates were driving me nuts too, until I found out you can hide them. When you see those, click on the "Hide" button and then choose to hide all posts from that app. It'll make your Facebook experience much less crapy.

Re:facebook no more (3, Informative)

mobets (101759) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717986)

FB Purity does a pretty good job of keeping these hidden. That way you don't have to keep seeing / hiding them when your friends switch to yet another farm game.

Re:facebook no more (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32725432)

thats http://www.fbpurity.com for anyone who cares about cleaning up the garbage that facebook spews out

Re:facebook no more (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32725584)

hiding an application does not stop you receiving invites/requests to join that game/quiz/whatever, best way to stop all that is to block the application, and the quickest way to do that is to use fb purity, which adds a "block app" button to each application message. you can get it here: it certainly improved my facebook experience... http://www.fbpurity.com

lol (3, Funny)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#32716874)

I spent 16 billion minutes with your mom. ::does the math:: wait...

Re:lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32719052)

Your mom's so frigid, she's from the ice age.

Re:lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32719198)

I spent 16 billion minutes with your mom. ::does the math:: wait...

I only spent 5.

Active minutes or browser minutes? (4, Insightful)

Fnkmaster (89084) | more than 4 years ago | (#32716902)

Are those *active* minutes where the user has actually taken some sort of physical action in the last 60 seconds or so or are those just minutes where a browser is connected to Facebook (i.e. their Javascript polling mechanism in place)?

Anyway, looks like I'm an outlier. I log in to Facebook once or twice a week for 5-10 minutes, get rapidly disgusted, and leave. I used to leave Facebook logged in a lot and check it once every hour or two, then I realized it had become too much of a distraction and that when I left it logged in they used my login cookie for all these other unrelated sites on the web to push scarily personal information about what my Facebook-friends were doing on the web, so I blocked all that FB connect BS with Adblock and stopped leaving Facebook logged in when I wasn't actually using it. Realized how much time I was wasting with that crap too.

Re:Active minutes or browser minutes? (2, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717226)

Anyway, looks like I'm an outlier. I log in to Facebook once or twice a week for 5-10 minutes

No, I'm an outlier. I don't have a facebook account, and have no interest whatsoever in the damned thing. :-P

Re:Active minutes or browser minutes? (1)

the_weasel (323320) | more than 4 years ago | (#32720714)

Doesn't that mean you aren't part of the sample set at all?

FB == 40 minutes/day, Slashdot == ??? (3, Interesting)

southpolesammy (150094) | more than 4 years ago | (#32716914)

Dare we ask how much time the average Slashdot user spends here per day?

Re:FB == 40 minutes/day, Slashdot == ??? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717238)

Over 9000 minutes.

Re:FB == 40 minutes/day, Slashdot == ??? (1)

bteed (1832400) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717324)

Not the average user, but it's (slightly) more pathetic than farmville http://slashdot.org/faq/com-mod.shtml#cm400 [slashdot.org]

photos... (1)

Silly Man (15712) | more than 4 years ago | (#32716962)

"and view 1 million photos every second"

what they mean is

1 million horribly compressed photos every second.

Obligatory (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32716982)

more than 60,000 servers.

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these.

reminds me of a huckleberry finn quote (-1, Offtopic)

youn (1516637) | more than 4 years ago | (#32716998)

I believe the quote goes more or less like this...

"When I was 18 I hated my father... I thought he was the stupidest old man that ever lived. When I became 21 I was amazed at how much the old man had grown in just 3 short years."

granted it's not a cara analogy, it'll do (but I am sure some kind soul can turn that into a car analogy :)

Re:reminds me of a huckleberry finn quote (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717050)

well, it's like a car analogy.

Users? (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717128)

Facebook's 400 million users

Nice word selection. Like "crack user" or "inhalant user".

I tried facebook for 6 months, I really tried hard. Then I evaluated what I got out of it. Which was absolutely nothing. Deleted account.

Facebook takes lives every day - 380, to be exact (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32717142)

Given that Facebook usage is currently 16,000,000,000 minutes per day, and that the average life of a human being is approximately 42,048,000 minutes (60 minutes per hour * 24 hours per day * 365 days per year * 80 years of life on average [est.]), this means Facebook effectively sucks up the time-equivalent of the lives of a bit more than 380 people. Every. Single. Day. FACEBOOK MUST BE STOPPED!!!!1!1!1111oneoneone

Re:Facebook takes lives every day - 380, to be exa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32718450)

You were probably going for funny (someone decided to mod it informative though), but in that vein:

Sleeping takes lives every day. 6 billion people sleep an average of 8 hours a day, that is 48 billion hours wasted sleeping daily. The average human lifespan in hours (using your numbers): 24 * 365 * 80 = 700,800 hours. This means sleeping effectively sucks up the time-equivalent of the lives of a bit less than 68,500 people.

Re:Facebook takes lives every day - 380, to be exa (1)

Piranhaa (672441) | more than 4 years ago | (#32721000)

Not sleeping or having very poor sleeping habits result in earlier death and/or a deprived quality of life.

I'd say it's a much better investment than Facebook... But that's just me.

Re:Facebook takes lives every day - 380, to be exa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32721540)

Wow, after 1 year (138700 lives) they deserve a paragraph here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocides_in_history

Too bad that's not enough to Godwin this thread though.

Economic impact (4, Funny)

nickovs (115935) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717388)

I wonder how many of these minutes are spent at work. Consider that 16 billion minutes a day, at US$10 per hour, is just shy of $1 Trillion a year. Has anyone else noticed the correlation between the rise Facebook and the global economic meltdown?

Re:Economic impact (1)

Spazntwich (208070) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717530)

And won't someone think of the pirates? With every passing year, more lighthouses are constructed while pirates' numbers dwindle.

Re:Economic impact (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32720888)

Lighthouses RULE. you dont like lighthouses?

Before we get the cries of "what a waste" (2, Insightful)

jareth-0205 (525594) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717460)

People have lots of free time. Atleast Facebook means they're engaged in communicating with other people.

http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/archives/010218.html [zawodny.com]

Time wasted (0, Troll)

remmy1978 (307916) | more than 4 years ago | (#32717546)

Time spent: 16 billion minutes.
Time wasted: All of it

Aww (1)

The Living Fractal (162153) | more than 4 years ago | (#32718158)

All of that massive parallel computing going on... and despite that, judging by the actions of most Facebook users, it's not even self-aware yet? /sadface

Re:Aww (1)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | more than 4 years ago | (#32719366)

To be fair, if Facebook became self-aware, and saw what it was composed of, it would probably destroy it's own self-awareness in a bout of nihilistic depression. Some people say this has already happened.

So ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32718328)

And how is this supposed to be impressive ?

slashdot (1)

cfriedt (1189527) | more than 4 years ago | (#32719816)

that's about as much time as I waste reading this website every day too!

Units (1)

tmosley (996283) | more than 4 years ago | (#32720024)

Sorry, but what is that in Libraries of Congress per runtime of Gigli?

Facebook moving into junk food (3, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 4 years ago | (#32720314)

There are now YoVille gummi bears and brownies. There's a Mafia Wars Slurpee. Farmville ice cream. At your nearby 7-11 now. Really. Each comes with a Secret Code which, when typed into the game, unlocks some game item.

You have to admire Facebook from scaling up from a college photo book. It's also impressive that they can actually make their back end systems work, once you realize what's going on in there.

Wow!!! (1)

hoytak (1148181) | more than 4 years ago | (#32720730)

That's like 960 trillion wasted milliseconds!!!!!

Seriously though, why did they design the milestones for announcements like this in minutes? We never heard about the 250 million hour mark...

Considering on how they probably calculated this.. (1)

dragisha (788) | more than 4 years ago | (#32721644)

They are growing, towards ground...

People eventually wear off it's "originality", or learn few things about Internet outside facebook.com... Get to know skype, MSN.... Maybe even IRC... Also learn a bit about their email (that bit over facebook account confirmation) and how to attach to email... And there goes most of what facebook is for people....

Do not underestimate facebook's pull - facebook is one big incentive for people to start using Internet. After that - it's just matter of time before they grow over it.

I call BS (1)

Bohnanza (523456) | more than 4 years ago | (#32723712)

There are only 3600 minutes in a day.
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