Archive for July, 2010

Facebook Hits 500 Million Members, Mark Zuckerberg Makes It Official.


As of this morning wednesday 21/07/2010,, 500 million people all around the world are actively using Facebook to stay connected with their friends and the people around them.

Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg just made things official on the company’s blog: the social network is now 500 million members strong. ceo mark-zuckerberg

This is an important milestone for all of you who have helped spread Facebook around the world. Now a lot more people have the opportunity to stay connected with the people they care about.

Either way, Facebook has put together a collection of stories that users have shared with the company, detailing the impact the social network has had on their lives.

These stories include:

  • Ben Saylor, a 17-year-old high school student, who turned to Facebook to organize a community effort to rebuild the Pioneer Playhouse, the oldest outdoor theater in Kentucky, after it was damaged by floods in May.
  • Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who, during his time in office, would go jogging with 100 of his fans from Facebook.
  • Holly Rose, a mother in Phoenix, who credits a friend’s status message telling women to check for breast cancer with her being diagnosed in time to treat the disease. She used Facebook for support during treatment and became a prevention advocate herself.

In addition, Facebook has put together a photo album with messages of thanks.

Our mission at Facebook is to help make the world more open and connected. Stories like these are examples of that mission and are both humbling and inspiring. I could have never imagined all of the ways people would use Facebook when we were getting started 6 years ago.

I want to thank you for being part of making Facebook what it is today and for spreading it around the world.

This is no surprise to me, roll on 1 billion.


Facebook The Movie “The Social Network” Full-length Trailer Hits the Web

“The Social Network” – the film about the early days of Facebook. The producers are obviously using social media and sites like Youtube, Facebook and Twitter to hype this film months in advance and really build the online buzz. We’d expect nothing less from a film about a social network!

The new trailer, which you can see above, actually includes some scenes from the film. The last two teasers have only given us a basic glimpse. It features much of the same dialog, but this time with the visual context.

A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

Eisenberg will play Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg; Timberlake will play Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became Facebook’s founding president; and Andrew Garfield will play Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder who fell out with Zuckerberg over money.

I think that it’s pretty brilliant.

For those of you unfamiliar with the premise, the film is loosely based on the book The Accidental Billionaires and it chronicles the foundation and rise of Facebook.

Although the film is about the early days of the social network, that doesn’t preclude the discussion of privacy and ownership. Sony’s campaign for the film is subtly drawing parallels between the issues facing Facebook today and the fictionalized account of its start. We think that’s a smart way to kickstart discussion around the movie itself.

As an aside, we also have to give huge props for the music choice in this trailer. It’s a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” by the Belgium girls choir Scala.

Are you going to see the film when it hits theaters this October?

What do you think about the trailer?

Let us know!

Floor Planner – create a plan – inspect your work in 3D from any angle .

A Web app you Should Bookmark today

People are crazy about home improvement at the moment, but good, free planning software is hard to find.DownStairs Plan in 2D

The free version of Floor Planner allows you to create a plan, make specific rooms and then decide where to place the windows, doors and any of a large number of items of furniture.

You can inspect your work in 3D from any angle to see exactly how your ideal home would look. You can then save your work and send it straight to your architect – easy peasy!DownStairs Plan in 3D

Across multiple devices, web apps are king. Here are the best

My Verdict = 9/10