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Facebook: 200 Million and Growing…

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on April 9, 2009

Finally, it has happened! Facebook achieved yet another milestone – this time one of its biggest – by having over 200 million registered users on its site. The wait hasn’t been too long for the social networking leader, considering that it is far ahead of its competitors and has seen an extremely rapid growth since the past year or so.

Online users keep looking for a place on the Web that provides them connectivity, entertainment and knowledge resources, and there is no doubt that Facebook is the one that satisfies their need. The site has not only been able to cross all the borders in the world, but has also managed to double its user-base in a span of only eight months.

Tracking the growth of Facebook; the site reached 175 million users just 39 days after reaching the 150 million mark in January this year. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg expressed delight over the successful journey, saying that the company is working hard to build a service that can be used by everyone and everywhere.

Just before welcoming the 200 millionth user to the site, Facebook created a ‘Facebook for Good’ page for users to share and contribute their stories about how the site helped them give back to their communities, effect change or connect with a distant relative. Zuckerberg said that the company was also collaborating with 16 charitable and advocacy groups to create gifts so that users can share it with others. Out of the total proceeds received, 90-95 percent would be going to the organizations and the remaining to administrative costs, he said.

By having 200 million subscribers to the site, Facebook is now way ahead of archrival MySpace, which currently has about 130 million active users. Facebook’s population has exceeded that of countries like Japan, Brazil and Russia; and it seems there is no ending to it.

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