It's official, Facebook is now the most popular social networking website in the world and in Malaysia it has just knocked Friendster off its perch. I remember only 2 or 3 years ago Myspace and Friendster were the hippest social networking platform around and everybody jumped on the bandwagon. Now all the coolest kids (and adults) is hopping on to Facebook. As for me, I was initially reluctant to join in Facebook cause I thought I've already joined Friendster. But after a while, I registered anyway and soon enough I found out Facebook is way much better than Friendster because of it's numerous applications and cool features.
Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook is now valued at a cool $15 billion USD making it the 5th most valuable U.S Internet company behind only Google, Yahoo, E-bay and Amazon. In terms of growth, over 1 million new Facebook users signed up every week, 200,000 daily, totaling over 50 million active users. Facebook received 40 billion page views a month second only to Google in the U.S.
Facebook maybe super-popular now but there's no guarantee that it's going to be that way forever. Social networking sites come and go and who knows someday a new one will come up and overtakes Facebook's popularity?
But for now at least, Facebook rules in the social networking world being no 1 in many countries from Australia to Canada. And in case you forget, in about 14 hour's time (12:00PM Malaysian time) you can choose your very own Facebook username for your Facebook account. So instead of the boring and forgettable
you can change your Facebook profile page to
http://www.facebook.com/myname or http://www.facebook.com/afif.rais
But better mark your calendar and set up your alarm tomorrow for this because this vanity URL will surely run out fast.