An afternoon visit to a local market, I came across a very funny poster that said ” Buy 1, Get 5 free! “. I chuckled as it reminded me of a morning discussion with friends on discounting gimmicks in retail sales. I immediately grabbed my Blackberry, took a snap, clicked ‘Share on Facebook‘ and moved ahead. By the same evening, there were 18 comments, ’25 Likes’ and more importantly I realized that my discussion with friends had continued in real time, long after we had left the room.
A few days ago, I went to a ‘Reunion’ party of sorts and was thrilled to meet some old friends after more than a decade. Just then, a friend’s spouse said “Hey, you know we were also at the club in the same evening, but must have missed you by a whisker”. Stunned (and feeling a bit scandalized :) ) to hear this from a completely unknown person, I said ” Aa Umm… What are you talking about??? ” She laughed out loud and replied “We saw your snaps … on FB!” (Through my friend’s account).
That brought me to another key realization that Facebook is the Ice-breaker!
With all the recent activity updates and snaps, one always subconsciously feels to be connected to another, on a day to day basis and bypasses any Introductory / ‘Ice-breaking’ requirements :D
Facebook, just another social networking site of the West, had quietly seeped-into & become part of my life. Cognizant of the fact that I might be sharing too much information, it does make me a bit restless without checking updates for a few hours. A few minutes of idle time and immediately I hook onto it. Infact, the mobile experience is so seamless, that I prefer to use Facebook and Twitter on the mobile and not on my laptop.
Is it just me? Is it an OCD? … Well, now it is a Phenomenon!
Did you know that…
- Facebook has over 550 million members and if it were a real country, it would already be the 3rd largest country after China and India
- In every 60 seconds on Facebook, there are
- 50,304 links which are shared
- 66,168 photos which are tagged
- 74,204 event invitations sent
- 79,364 wall posts
- 82,557 status updates
- 98,604 friend requests which are approved
- 1,35,849 photo uploads
- 2,31,605 messages sent
- 3,82,861 “Likes”
- 5,10,404 new comments
… and counting!!!
For connecting more than half a billion
people and mapping the social relations among them, for creating a new system of exchanging information and for changing how we live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is
TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year
That’s not all, Facebook dethroned Google as the “Most visited site of 2010″ and here are the rankings…
Well, life is busy… but we’ll surely keep in touch. See you soon… on the new social network ;)
UPDATE (4th January, 2011)
Facebook valued at US $ 50 billion, which makes the company’s worth now more than eBay, Time Warner and Yahoo! Goldman Sachs and a Russian investor has reportedly invested $ 500 million in Facebook.