Social networking website Facebook has reached another important milestone this year, signing in its 200 millionth user, three months after hitting 150 million members landmark.
All this of course is happening during the firm's fifth birthday and while questions are being asked about its very ability to raise revenue (ed: nobody questions its ability to burn capital though). Over the same roughly the period, Myspace grew to 130 million members worldwide and Linkedin to 38 million users.
In a post on the company's official blog, Mark Zuckerberg says that "Growing rapidly to 200 million users is a really good start, but we've always known that in order for Facebook to help people represent everything that is happening in their world, everyone needs to have a voice".
With 200 million members, Facebook's population is now higher than Brazil or Japan and would as a country, be the fifth most populous one, albeit a very cash-poor and debt striken one.
By comparison, Skype is estimated to have around 440 million members although Facebook's rate of growth, 50 million per quarter, means that it will have reached half a billion as early as 2011.
To mark the milestone, the social networking website has partnered with a dozen or so organisations and charities to help raise monnies for their respective causes. This can be done by sending a gift to a friend on the social network.
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Some news outlets, like ZDNet, say that Facebook could have become too powerful. Probably yes, to some extent. But then, competition still exists in the form of Myspace, Bebo, Orkut and so many others. Chances are like by the time Facebook matures, something else will have superseded it. And in the grand scheme of schemes, Facebook is still a minnow compared to Microsoft, Mobile Phones or even Google.
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