Facebook Set to Capture 500 Million Users Milestone

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Here’s a copy of my blog post from over at Engauge:

February 2004, six-and-a-half years ago: A small, unknown, self-startup website is born within the confines of Harvard.

Today: That network’s presence seeps into almost every website, every search engine, and every bookmarks bar.

Facebook’s initial presence at Harvard spread to nearby colleges, eventually growing to encompass all universities before consuming high school populations, as well. Launched from a small corner of the Internet, this social networking powerhouse is now nearly inescapable.

This summer, Facebook is set to hit the 500 million users milestone, and an official announcement is expected from them this week.

Other social networking sites trail behind the Facebook giant. QZone, a mainland China networking site, hosts 200 million users (as of 2009). MySpace today lags even further with 130 million, and the newer, popular Twitter still only has 75 million.

Facebook’s userbase is larger than most countries’ populations. Here in the United States, the latest census reports 307,006,550 – nearly 200 million less than the ranks of Facebook users.

In trying to estimate the importance of social media’s role in today’s society, the ever-increasing strength of Facebook is a testament to the outreach of technological engagement.

What do you think about Facebook’s latest triumph?

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Summer Internship

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I’ve been learning the ins and outs of social media this summer over at Engauge with the Digital Innovation Group. Check out some of my posts:

20 Mommy Bloggers Making an Impact

Google Chrome OS: A Game Changer?

Empire Avenue: How Much Are You Worth?

More to come!

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Country Roads

country roads

country roads

I am from an incredibly small town that you probably haven’t heard of.

Cotton fields, country music, a church on every corner.  And everybody knows everybody.

For seven years, I’ve been livin’ in the big city.  Took a trip back to Alabama for my middle school bud’s wedding – and it was the first time I’d been around the ol’ stomping grounds for what seemed like a lifetime.

I looove the big city.

But I do miss the old dance studio, the fresh cotton, some childhood friends, those Jiffy cookies….

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matchbooks.

matchbooks
Matchbooks ….
matchbooks
 
You don’t see them much anymore, but my family used to collect them. 
 
 
They make a cool way to see some different places you’ve been…
 
 
Some different restaurants where you’ve eaten…
 
 
like The Treasure Ship in Panama City– this famous landmark restaurant burnt down about two weeks ago…. sad to see it go.
 
matchbooks
 
And Hemingway’s — this place is still around.
Gino’s – some of the best pizza in Chicago.
Spats, in Nashville, has been closed for years.
 
And last, but not least! A little matchbox wisdom never goes wrong.
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Where I Hang My Hat

window at home
window at home
Packed up all my stuff today and relocated back home for the summer.
 
As everybody decamped in the dorm, I watched people ship out for LA, Vancouver, South Korea, South Carolina…. a whole slew of places.
 
It was super cool to see all our diverse dorm crew – each in a packing frenzy – with the same goal in mind:
 
Home.
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