Earlier this week Facebook acquired its 500 millionth user. This means that more people are on Facebook, which got its start a mere six years ago, than live in the United States, Canada and Mexico combined. Fewer people live on Facebook than in China, but Facebook is banned in China. If it weren’t, then Facebook would have even more users. “What’s become ordinary is that you are interacting with hundreds of people in the same space,” said Zeynep Tufekci, assistant professor of sociology. “You’re having connections that were never before possible,” Tufekci says. “It’s profoundly altered our relationships.”
The article, “Status Symbol: Facebook is Ubiquitous, But is it Really an Antisocial Network?” ran Friday, July 23, in the Washington Post.