Amazing Facebook Statistics

facebook_50More on facebook after yesterday’s post. I just read the article ‘Experts split over neting customers in cyberspace’ . While the article itself is an OK read, the stats on how high facebook’s overheads are getting made my toes curl! Cloud computing and running the world’s largest social networking site is not for the small players! Read on…

“Facebook is eating up cash. With a 100 million users, a trillion page views per year, with about two hours spent per month and per user, and 300,000 images are uploaded every second, creating by far the biggest photo library in the world with more than 10 billion images, the e-marketer estimates of the 2008 revenue of Facebook – roughly $265 million – is unlikely to be enough to cover the expenses.

According to Techcrunch, most of the $500m raised by Facebook is already gone. Facebook was said to have turned to Dubai for cash, knowing that the UAE boasts one of the largest social networking bases in the world.

Why such expenses? Facebook had 13,000 servers running a few months ago, and analysts say the company will need 50,000 machines next year. It currently pays a $1m monthly electricity bill, and around half million dollars per month for bandwidth. It has two terabytes of data – mostly photos – uploaded every day, therefore dictating the purchase of one NetApp 3070, a mammoth storage system, each week. In addition, Facebook’s headcount, estimated between 700 and 800, maintaining this infrastructure and dealing with the output of a half-million developers, costs about $80m a year.”


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