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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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Facebook App for iPad

Facebook has long teased iPad owners/Facebook users with rumors of a Facebook app. Finally, after months of anticipation, the iPad Facebook app is now available.


The new Facebook offers many of the features you get from the online version; it’s just optimized for the iPad. 

The long-awaited app was released on Monday with little fanfare. Much more noise was made behind the scenes as Facebook and Apple worked out the details on the release.

Like That
The Facebook iPad app is available for free from iTunes and offers Facebook a laundry list of great features:

  • Bigger, better photos: Photos take on new life with Facebook’s photo album. Images are big and high-res.
  • Cleaner user interface: Facebook fiends can navigate their content – such as updates, photos and stories – quicker. Navigation is also easier, using a gentle tap, slide or pinch.
  • Simplified navigation: Send a message or see a notification. Also browse bookmarks without switching screens.
  • Games: You can also play your favorite Facebook games through the app, and on a bigger screen.
  • Send & review messages with a tap: A simple drop-down menu makes it easy to scan your messages and send them without visiting your inbox.

Overall, the Facebook iPad app gives users a sleeker interface, allowing you to stay up to date with your friends, their activities and more. For iPad users on the go, it’s a no-brainer.


The app even provides a way to easily find your friends in the real world. 

iOS Connection 
Apple insiders had assured techies that the Facebook iPad app would be revealed when Apple announced the iPhone 5 last week – and we all know how that turned out. Apple instead revealed the iPhone 4S. Nonetheless, a Facebook app is still a win for Apple considering no other tablets running Google’s Android OS have a tailor-made Facebook app – and that’s definitely something that would make Steve Jobs happy.  App development is a huge business. In fact, mobile apps already eclipse stand-alone software sales for consoles and PCs.

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