500 million friends

500 million friends

It’s official, today Facebook reached its 500 million friend mark, and to celebrate the site has launched a page for users to share their Facebook Stories.

These stories are a testament to the influence of social media in the lives of everyday people. Themes range from love, friendship and family to politics, sports and small business.

The language employed by these users depicts just how influential Facebook is. Littered throughout these stories are words such as connect, helped me, together, reach, closer – and, what I think is the most significant word Everyday.

It is the everyday-ness of Facebook that makes it extraordinary.

Social media has come a long way since the birth of Facebook in 2004. It is no longer the exclusive territory of tech-savvy kids, but a legitimate form of communication… and it has just become the daily habit of 500 million people.

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