By Sterling “Chip” Camden
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
Today Mark Zuckerberg, the lucky stiff visionary entrepreneur who started Facebook, announced that his social media brainchild will log its 200 millionth user today.
That’s a lot of people. As stated in the accompanying video, a country of 200 million would be the fifth most populous in the world — about two-thirds of the number of people in the U.S., and six times the population of Canada. The video also claims that it took 20,000 years for the human population to reach 200 million, though I guess it would depend on when you started counting, and what you consider human.
For that matter, how many Facebook accounts belong to real humans? Not only have many marketing departments created their own fictional characters, but there’s even a petition on Facebook to recognize the rights of nonhuman profile holders.
With all those users, Facebook still has no revenue model — but that’s apparently all part of Zuckerberg’s genius plan. He’s been focused on growth before revenue, and growth has officially been delivered.
When my wife found out that I have a Facebook profile, she asked “Why?” (I think she was a little uncomfortable with the “social” aspect of “social media”). I replied, “Everybody has one.” OK, maybe not everybody. The world population is about 33 times as large — and 200 million is only about 12.5% of the world’s Internet users. Still, can 200 million people be foolish?
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