by AJ on January 8, 2009
Yes you are reading that right, Facebook is bigger than Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Turkey combined in terms of population. Facebook has a staggering count of 150 million users according to Mark Zuckerberg (Founder, Facebook).
Country population breakdown:
Turkey – 71,892,808
Canada – 33,515,000
Australia – 21,468,700
New Zealand – 4,280,000
That, my friend, is really impressive! It makes you wonder how they keep their systems running smoothly, how they scale up rapidly.
Facebook has more than 10,000 servers and leverages mostly open-source software across a distributed architecture, with thousands of MySQL instances. “It’s almost a new challenge every day,”
Jonathan Heiliger (Vice President of Technical Operations, Facebook)
That’s not the only thing, Facebook has more than 10 billion photos! Some additional stats:
- 2-3 Terabytes of photos are being uploaded to the site daily
- Over one petabyte of photo storage
- Serving over 15 billion photo images per day
- Photo traffic peaks at over 300,000 images served per second
Truth is, impressive is an understatement.