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New York City : NY : USA | Jul 23, 2010 at 5:59 AM PDT
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TECHNOLOGY: Facebook crosses 500 million users landmark

At this point, Facebook has gone a long way since its creation 6 years ago. When it was only intended for a small community, that was among Harvard University's students, it seemed pretty harmless. Today, the same could not be said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that Facebook has hit half a billion users. Which is nearly five times as many viewers as this year's Superbowl.

And the amount of time people spend on that site? 700 billion minutes per month, and according to Facebook, 400 million of them have logged in during the past month. That's more than the total population of the US, which is only 309 million people.

So, what's left of the population in the US that doesn't have a Facebook account? In the case of the US, nobody who would like to have an account and someone who is able to create one.

However, in other parts of the world, active users are still not as high as the US. The International Telecommunication Union stated that about 1.7 billion people worldwide have internet access. Since you have to have internet to use Facebook, that site covers about 40 percent of the internet users, which means that there are still 60 percent potential internet users.

Although Facebook is already a giant in the US, and is saturated in Western Europe, Facebook has its eyes on Asia and Africa, which has only a little over 2 percent and 1 percent of users respectively.

To Adam Ostrow, editor-in-chief of social media blog Mashable, believes that one billion users would someday become a reality. According to Justin Smith, founder of Inside Facebook, growth patterns of Facebook users in other parts of the world, such as Brazil, Asia and Africa, are following the footsteps of the US. Students have become a major part of Facebook users, followed by young adults. Younger people and the older generation would probably follow suit as well.

With parents already actively participating in Facebook in my community, the recruitment of grandparents is already evident. I would still like to keep my parents at bay though.

Yi Ming Lai is based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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