by Dr. D ~ December 8th, 2012
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Forget the poor showing on the stock exchange, Facebook now has over a billion users worldwide. What next?
They cheered in September and popped open champagne bottles at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park CA when the number of active Facebook users passed 1 billion and then promptly went back to work.
So far, half of all those on the Internet use Facebook but the expansion has slowed down a bit. Nevertheless, Facebook execs say they going for everybody worldwide.
An LA Times article takes a look at where the Internet giant is right now and where it plans to go in the near future:
MENLO PARK — In just eight years, Facebook signed up more than half the world’s Internet population.
Now it’s going after the rest.
Facebook wants to reach every single person on the Internet whether they are logging on from a laptop in Santa Monica, an iPhone in Tokyo or a low-tech phone with a tiny screen in Nairobi.
It’s parachuting into market after market to take on homegrown social networks by currying favor with the locals and venturing where many people have spotty — if any — access to the Internet. …
"We’re not a company that is just trying to add more people," said Chris Cox, Facebook’s vice president of product. "What we are trying to do is build a service that everyone in the world can use."
Response: It is amazing how the Internet has become a part of the lives of so many people in so little time. Here is just one social network that is now touching over a billion people worldwide in over a hundred nations. The fact that it has happened in only 8 years is really shocking.
Governments around the world are still trying to catch up with all the implications for Internet usage and social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Already we have seen their use during the ‘Arab Spring’ and in the protests against the Iranian regime. It has made the world a smaller place indeed.
From a Christian perspective: It has become the new ‘Roman Road’ that provides access to people in lands where missionaries are not even allowed to go. Now people can come to Christ and receive Christian and Biblical teaching on the Internet even if they live in countries like Saudi Arabia where Christian churches are illegal. The potential for using the Internet and social networks like Facebook for spreading the Gospel is astounding. It gives me real hope for taking the ‘good news’ of Jesus Christ to every nation in this generation and for a world wide Christian harvest and revival. *Top