When Mark Zuckerberg first started Facebook in 2004 with four of his roommates, it’s hard to tell whether he knew he had started the newest trend in online social media networking or that he would become an internet giant of the 21st century. The website just celebrated their 10th anniversary and now has over one billion active online users. The statistics for the social media site are mind-blowing - over 680 million of these users who have integrated the Facebook app onto their phone, taking the website with them wherever they go. It’s hard to picture life without Facebook now, given that almost every major website now has the ability to share their articles on the website as well as having their own fan pages on the social networking site. Along with legitimate profiles, there are also over 81 million fake profiles floating around the social media site.
Is the website addictive? Perhaps. Facebook is the go-to place to bring together friends and family and organize events, and businesses use the page to advertise their services. Along with social media interaction, people are now using Facebook to document important events in their lives. Facebook also has the ability to draw people together, as the first port of call for organizing events such as parties, rallies, and even large social movements. The most notable event associated with Facebook took place in Egypt in 2011 as citizens used the social media site to come together to protest and revolt against the government in Tahrir Square. One man even named his newborn daughter “Facebook” (to much controversy) to honor the website.
People from all backgrounds and walks of life and from countries all over the world have joined the online community that is Facebook. Of course, circumstances and economics mean some countries are at a disadvantage when it comes to the infrastructure that allows citizens to join. The site is in fact officially censored or banned in several countries including China. The following are the top ten countries that use the social media site most, for everything from business to documenting their personal lives.
10 Germany – 25.2 Million
Facebook and Germany have had a rather tense relationship in the last few years. In 2011, a Hamburg teenager accidentally set an event she made for her 16th birthday party “public” instead of private and over 1600 people showed up to help with the celebration. The police were called and after a rather dramatic confrontation, many were arrested. There was property damage to the teen’s house as well as to the neighboring houses. Most recently, Germany has been fighting Facebook’s latest innovation of the facial recognition software, calling it an invasion of privacy as well as collecting data without the country’s consent.