Is Facebook the biggest modern business phenomena? Look at the social network’s growth:
- 2006 – 9 million users
- 2007- 40 million users
- 2010 – 400 million users
And that 2010 number is the last one announced. David Kirkpatrick, author of ‘The Facebook Effect’ says it’s probably 500 million by now, and he’s predicting 1 billion users by the end of 2011.
Can’t you hear Dr. Evil? One Billion Users…..
There’s been a lot of coverage lately on the most recent outcry over privacy, with charges that Facebook has evil control over your personal data. But the cold hard fact is that with those numbers, it’s really a tiny percentage of Facebook users that are at all concerned. Inside Facebook, they look back at the huge brouhaha when the Newsfeed came out, and it’s now the most popular feature.
Speaking at a recent Churchill Club breakfast in Silicon Valley, Kirkpatrick spent a fair amount of time talking about (and often defending) Facebook’s continuing strategy of building a platform based on genuine identity, and all the marketable information that comes with that mission. Kirkpatrick was interviewed by Kara Swisher of AllThingsD, who had Zuckerberg hiding behind his hoodie at the recent D conference.