Facebook Reaches 1 Billion Users : The Biggest Social Network On Planet


Today morning Facebook has announced publicly and by none other than Mark Zuckerberg himself.  Here is the full post on Facebook.

This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month.
If you’re reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you.
Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life.
I am committed to working every day to make Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able to connect the rest of the world too.

One billion – key metrics
Facebook reached 1 billion monthly active users on September 14 at 12.45 PM Pacific time.

Since Facebook launched, we’ve seen:

Over 1.13 trillion likes since launch in February 2009

140.3 billion friend connections

219 billion photos uploaded

  • Data was pulled on 9/10/2012, and represents the total # of photos currently on this site – in other words, it excludes deleted photos.  If we wanted to include all photos ever uploaded, the estimate we have is 265 billion. Photo uploading launched fall 2005
  • 17 billion location-tagged posts, including check-ins
  • Includes location-tagged posts as well as check-ins. Data was pulled 9/10/2012, and represents total location-tagged posts & check-ins since launch of the product in August 2010
  • 62.6 million songs have been played 22 billion times – that’s about 210,000 years of music
  • Data was pulled on 9/11/2012, and represents song plays since the launch of music-listening applications in September 2011

Characteristics of users joining the week Facebook hit 1B

  • The median age of the user is about 22
  • The top five countries where people connected from at the time we reached this milestone were Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States (NOTE: in alphabetical order)
    Facebook now has 600M mobile users

Characteristics of users joining the week Facebook hit 500M users (July 2010)

  • The median age of the user at that time was about 23
  • Top five countries where people connected from at the time we reached this milestone were Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States (NOTE: in alphabetical order)
  • Users signing up at this time now have an average of 305 friends

Characteristics of users joining the week we hit 100M (August 2008)

  • The median age of the user at that time was about 26
  • The top five countries where people connected from at the time we reached this milestone were Chile, France, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States (NOTE: in alphabetical order)
    The user signing up at this time now has an average 334 friends

Characteristics of users joining the week Facebook hit 50M users (October 2007)

  • The median age of the user signing up at this time was about 26
  • Top five countries where people connected from at the time we reached this milestone were Australia, Canada, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States (NOTE: in alphabetical order)
  • Users signing up at this time now have an average of 321 friends

Characteristics of users joining the week Facebook hit 25M users (January 2006)

  • The median age of users signing up at that time was about 19
  • The top five countries where people connected from at the time we reached this milestone were Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States (NOTE: in alphabetical order)
  • Users who signed up at this time now have an average of 598 friends



India Has World’s Second-Highest Number of Facebook Users at Over 43 million

The base more than doubled at the end of 2011 accounting.

NEW DELHI – India is fast becoming an important market for Facebook, with the country is now home to about 43.5  million users, narrowly beating Indonesia’s 43 million userbase.

The U.S. leads with 155 million users, while Facebook’s total global user base of over 800 million, if measured as a country, makes it the third mostpopulous country in the world after China and India’s billion-plus populations.

India’s base is notable given that Internet penetration is still nascent, estimated at about 120 million users.

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“We continue to focus on growing our user base across all geographies, including relatively less-penetrated, large markets such as Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, and South Korea. We intend to grow our user base by continuing our marketing and user acquisition efforts and enhancing our products, including mobile apps, in order to make Facebook more accessible and useful,” Facebook said in its filing.

The company also estimated that there are over two billion global internet users that Facebook aims to connect.

According to a survey of Facebook’s Indian demographics by The Hindustan Times newspaper, 72.8 percent of users are male while 48 percent are in the 18-24 age group with 27 percent in the 25-34 age group.



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A group of 2,150 people in Greece showed they were a cut above the rest when they set a new world record for the most people shaving at a single venue earlier this month.

The successful record attempt took place in supermarket chain Masoutis’s new warehouse in Thessaloniki.

Sponsored by Gillette to promote their new Fusion Proglide razor, under the record guidelines each participant had to have at least 24 hours growth and had to make at least 5 razor strokes.

The whole record attempt was observed by 50 supervisors, two independent witnesses, along with Guinness World Records Adjudicator Seyda Subasi-Gemici.

As well as setting a new record, the event also helped to raise money for a local charity benefiting children in need.

The new figure breaks the previous record of 1,868 participants at an event that was also organised by Gillette in Mumbai, India, in 2009.

Bangladesh bowl in must-win game

Bangladesh bowl in must-win game

Boosted by Bangladesh’s chase of 290 against India, Mushfiqur Rahim was encouraged to bowl first again on winning the toss. The game is of little consequence to Sri Lanka, who have been knocked out of the tournament after two losses. Bangladesh need a win today to seal a place in the final, against Pakistan.

Bangladesh made the one change, replacing the injured opening bowler Shafiul Islam with fellow right-arm seamer Nazmul Hossain. Sri Lanka made a couple of changes. Dinesh Chandimal woke up with an upset stomach and he was replaced by Chamara Kapugedera. They also replaced their legspinner, Seekkuge Prasanna, with the offspinner Sachitra Senanayake.

For the second tournament in succession, the India players will be glued to their television sets in their hotel rooms, awaiting the result of a Sri Lanka game. Sri Lanka sneaked in to the CB Series finals, beating Australia in a crucial league game, thereby edging India out earlier this month. Now, India will be praying that Sri Lanka beat the hosts.

Sri Lanka: 1 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Upul Tharanga, 6 Chamara Kapugedera, 7 Farveez Maharoof, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Sachitra Senenayake, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Suranga Lakmal

Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Nazimuddin, 3 Jahurul Islam, 4 Nasir Hossain, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Nazmul Hossain, 11 Shahadat Hossain



Mar 6 2012 12:00AM


A red hot record was broken in India last month when a new benchmark was set for the longest tunnel kiln.

Situated at Carbonyx Technologies’ enormous First Carbon Technologies industrial plant near Dahej in Gujarat State, the architectural masterpiece was confirmed to measure 720 Feet (219 Meter 45 in).

The figure was verified by Guinness World Records adjudicator Nikhil Shukla along with an independent qualified surveyor.

The industrial furnace is used to to convert coal into a a coke substitute known as cokonyk and can reach temperatures of up to an incredible 1300 Degrees Celsius.



Asia Cup 2012 Results


1st Match: Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka – Mar 11, 2012

Pakistan 262/8 (50 ov); Bangladesh 241 (48.1 ov)

Pakistan won by 21 runs

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2nd Match: India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka – Mar 13, 2012

India 304/3 (50 ov); Sri Lanka 254 (45.1 ov)

India won by 50 runs

3rd Match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka – Mar 15, 2012

Sri Lanka 188 (45.4 ov); Pakistan 189/4 (39.5 ov)

Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 61 balls remaining)

4th Match: Bangladesh v India at Dhaka – Mar 16, 2012

India 289/5 (50 ov); Bangladesh 293/5 (49.2 ov)

Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

5th Match: India v Pakistan at Dhaka – Mar 18, 2012

Pakistan 329/6 (50 ov); India 330/4 (47.5 ov)

India won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)

6th Match: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka – Mar 20, 2012

Match scheduled to begin at 14:00 local time (08:00 GMT)

Final: TBA v TBA at Dhaka – Mar 22, 2012





Virat Kohli reacts to reaching 150 for the first time


Rohit Sharma turns one off his hips

Kohli demolishes Pakistan in record chase

India 330 for 4 (Kohli 183, Rohit 68, Tendulkar 52) beat Pakistan 329 for 6 (Hafeez 105, Jamshed 112, Younis 52) by six wickets

Sachin Tendulkar plays an upper cut for six, India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 18, 2012

Sachin Tendulkar made an aggressive 52 to give India a brisk start © AFP



Their bowling might struggle to defend 289 against Bangladesh. Their batting might not be resilient enough to dominate in all conditions. But in the subcontinent, India are the masters of the chase. And after having knocked off 321 in 36.4 overs in Hobart barely three weeks ago, they completed their highest successful ODI chase, in Mirpur, against Pakistan, who are not exactly a weak bowling side. And leading the mammoth effort was that man Virat Kohli who scored a career-best 183. Forget the obscenities, forget the extreme emotions; with 11 hundreds, including three in his last four innings, Kohli is one of the most complete ODI batsmen in the world now.


When a boundary is needed, Kohli is the man. When the singles are needed, Kohli is the man. When a gap is to be found, Kohli is the man. He kept doing all of that for 148 deliveries against Pakistan. By the time he was done, he had hit 23 boundaries and made 183. India had lost Gautam Gambhir off the second ball of the innings. They lost just one more wicket in the next 272. Kohli’s dominance was so complete, it left contrasting support performances from Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma in the shade. It certainly meant Mohammad Hafeez’s and Nasir Jamshed’s centuries were in vain, as was their 224-run opening stand, Pakistan’s highest against India, and their second-highest ever.


Not losing by a bonus point put Pakistan in the final of the Asia Cup; it kept India and Bangladesh dependent on the result of the last league game between the hosts and Sri Lanka, who have been knocked out. A win for Bangladesh will see them go through, as they lead the head-to-head against India in the tournament; any other result will see India qualify.

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Sachin Tendulkar kisses his helmet after reaching his 100th hundred, Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 16, 2012

Sachin Tendulkar kisses his helmet after reaching his 100th hundred

Sachin has said his 100th international hundred “was the toughest of them all”, after achieving the milestone against Bangladesh, in Mirpur, during the Asia Cup. Tendulkar went 33 innings without a century between India’s group match against South Africa in the World Cup and Friday’s game in Mirpur, and admitted it had been a “tough phase”. He said he had not really started thinking about the 100th hundred until the media began to talk about it, but it had started to play on his mind after a while.

“Yes, I have to be honest. I am human and I have emotions so I was frustrated. It does play on your mind,” Tendulkar said at the post-match press conference.

During the mid-innings break, he had explained to television commentator Ramiz Raja how he had not been able to get away from talk about his 100th hundred. “It’s been a tough phase for me. I started off the season batting reasonably well. I was luckless. I am not playing only for my 100th hundred. It doesn’t matter how many hundreds you score, you still put your head down, grind it out and do the job for the team.

“I was not thinking about the milestone, the media started all this; wherever I went, the restaurant, room service, everyone was talking about the 100th hundred. Nobody talked about my 99 hundreds. It became mentally tough for me because nobody talked about my 99 hundreds.”

Despite the struggle to get to his 100th hundred and the pressure that that had built up around it, Tendulkar was able to joke about having finally achieved it, saying he had shed “50 kilos” with the 114 he made on Friday.

Tendulkar took 36 balls to go from 80 to 100 in Mirpur, but insisted he was not playing for the record. “The hundred was not the only thing on my mind. I was thinking about getting a good total for the team. When I looked at the scoreboard, I was looking at the run-rate and what we needed to do; I was avoiding looking at my personal score.”

The wait for the milestone, Tendulkar

said, had made him realise the value of an international century, while the varying opinions on whether or not he should continue his pursuit had not affected him. “After scoring 99 tons you are made to realise the value of a hundred. It’s not easy, it was a testing period, but there were many people who helped me.

“There are opinions, some for some against. I don’t read them, I have a job to do. Ups and downs are a part of life, there is no person who has not experienced it, and they teach you a lot in life.

“I am glad about the journey. It has tested my patience, my character. So many people have had questions, I don’t read any of them. Somebody who has not gone through this will have only questions, not answers.”

When asked about what lay ahead, Tendulkar was firm that he was not yet considering retirement, in fact mentioning that he was glad the milestone was “out of the way, so I can focus on the matches now”.

“When I consider retirement, don’t worry, I will not hide it from anyone. I will play as long as I am enjoying it and as long as I can contribute to the team. I don’t play for milestones; that is a perception created by a few members of the media. I play cricket because I enjoy it.”

In the mid-innings break, when Ramiz asked Tendulkar what message he wanted to send to youngsters who witnessed him make history, Tendulkar said it was important to never give up on chasing your dreams. “Enjoy the game and chase your dreams,” he said. “Dreams do come true. I had to wait for 22 years for India to win the World Cup.”

Edited by Tariq Engineer and Dustin Silgardo