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Facebook is World’s Largest Photo Library

Facebook’s users have stored a massive 140 billion photos on the service. That’s a collection more than 10,000 times larger than the Library of Congress photo collection.


Online photo service Flickr even eclipses the Library of Congress. 

History of the Image
People have been taking and sharing photos at least since 1838, when the oldest known photo of a person was taken. One of the first digital cameras was the Sony Mavica. Today, people take pictures with their smartphones, digital cameras and other devices, even laptops. In 1900, the first consumer camera was made available for $1- the Kodak Brownie. Photography certainly has come a long way:

Digital cameras are now ubiquitous – it is estimated that 2.5 billion people in the world today have a digital camera. If the average person snaps 150 photos this year that would be a staggering 375 billion photos. That might sound implausible but this year people will upload over 70 billion photos to Facebook, suggesting around 20% of all photos this year will end up there.


Photos of all kinds: more than 200 million photos per day are uploaded to Facebook. 

“Currently there are over 200 million photos uploaded per day, or around 6 billion per month. Almost 90 billion photos total,” says Justin Mitchell, an engineer for Facebook. Simply put, Facebook is, by far, “the largest photos site on the Internet.”

There’s a full range of photographers – from beginning photographers learning filmmaking using a DSLR camera to professionals polishing their craft. Everyone takes photos and today’s technology makes it easier than ever to do so. Need more proof? Just check out Flickr’s massive 6 billion photo collection.

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