Facebook’s 2010 by the numbers

2 Jan 2011

Facebook has released data showing that over the past year its 500 million users uploaded more than 2.7 million photographs, shared one million links and ‘Liked’ 7.6 million pages every 20 minutes.

Top of those ‘Likes’ was Lady Gaga, who closes 2010 with 24.7 million ‘Likes’ on Facebook, having been the first living person to reach 10 million over the summer.

US rapper Eminem comes a close second, with more than 23.7 million ‘Likes’ whilst Barack Obama, who used Facebook during his election campaign, closes the year with more than 17.2 million ‘Likes’ from people across the world.

Love and life on Facebook

Judging by Facebook relationship statuses more than 61 million people were lucky in love last year.

During 2010 28.4 million people changed their statuses to ‘in a relationship’, 36.7 million people changed their status to ‘married’ and 6 million people declared themselves to be ‘engaged’.

“As 2010 draws to a close this data provides a window into the lives of the millions of people around the world who use Facebook everyday to share their lives, feelings and interests with friends,” Sophy Silver, Head of Press and PR for Facebook in the UK and Ireland explained.

“The huge number of photos, links and statuses posted on Facebook every 20 minutes proves just how much the internet has changed the way we interact with our friends, making it easier for us stay in touch or share our interests, with Facebook being at the centre of that change in 2010.”

Summary of 2010 on Facebook

43,869,800 changed their status to single

3,025,791 changed their status to ‘it’s complicated’

28,460,516 changed their status to in a relationship

5,974,574 changed their status to engaged

36,774,801 changes their status to married

What 20 minutes on Facebook looks like:

Shared links: 1,000,000 every 20 minutes

Tagged photos: 1,323,000

Event invites sent out: 1,484,000

Wall Posts: 1,587,000

Status updates: 1,851,000

Friend requests accepted: 1,972,000

Photos uploaded: 2,716,000

Comments: 10,208,000

Messages: 4,632,000

Likes: 7,657,000

Most Liked Celebrities:

Lady Gaga -24,712,169 people like this.

Eminem – 23,729,700 people like this.

Megan Fox – 19,575,080 people like this.

Vin Diesel – 19,425,325 people like this.

Rihanna – 18,903,844 people like this

Barack Obama – 17,229,885 people like this.

Bob Marley – 17,168,034 people like this.

Lil Wayne – 17,004,850 people like this.

Justin Bieber – 16,779,874 people like this

Shakira – 16,520,790 people like this

To see a Facebook video on the 2010 statistics click here

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years