Facebook reaches the 200 million mark and celebrates by giving back

April 8, 2009 at 6:44 pm Leave a comment

Online social network confirms that it has reached 200 million users and has found a unique way to celebrate.

By Patrick McCabe

Written April 8, 2009

Online social network, Facebook, proved it’s worth by reaching 200 million users this morning. The site has been calculating users and after a few weeks has confirmed that it has reached 200 million users.Facebook

While there is much debate about the usefulness of online social networks, reaching 200 million users is a milestone for Facebook and shows how popular and useful social networks have become.

“Facebook is no longer just a way for people to connect with one another,” said Elon University junior Kristen Clements. “It used to just be a social site for college aged students but now it is used as a way to advertise and get information out to any individual online.”

According to comScore figures Facebook has been growing at an average of 500,000 members a day. These members include private individuals as well as major companies, bands and other users looking to advertise a message to users.

facebookFacebook has created a new site called Facebook for Good as a way of celebrating the 200 million user mark. The site has partnered with 16 charity/advocacy groups who are making the world a better place. When a user purchases a Facebook gift, 90-95% of the cost will go to that organization to support its efforts. 

Facebook for Good also is devoted to sharing stories on how Facebook has helped users and to fight the negative mainstream privacy concerns that surround online social networks. Stories include the role Facebook plays in match making, the Facebook Support Network and stories of how Facebook friendships have saved troubled teens.

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