Facebook Hits One Billion: WSJ Sentiment Tracker by NetBase
Kimberly Surico |
 10/08/12 |
2 min read

I didn’t join Facebook until 2008, prompted by my colleague, who was based in Italy at the time, welcoming newborn twins and posting photos. Despite being more of a middle adopter than an early one, Facebook has quickly become my primary form of mass communication with my family and friends – and with four young children, there is always something to tell our loved ones about. This past week, I was so excited to see the announcement that Facebook had just added its billionth user and the subsequent analysis featured in the Wall Street Journal Sentiment Tracker. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to follow along on all things Facebook – whether it’s your personal page and your latest family photos, or it’s your brand page and the very real and unfiltered voices of your consumers. As we are finding more and more over here at NetBase, Digital Community Intelligence is paramount for running a business C2B. But, I digress. I checked out the NetBase-powered analysis from WSJ and was pretty surprised at how the conversations broke down. 66% of Facebook and Twitter users think that this landmark of hitting a billion users really marks the death of digital privacy, while 16% are celebrating the big moment, another 16% think it’s creepy, and 2% are joking about it. Check out the jokes below!

That’s 1 out of every 7 humans. The other 6 are productive people that have meaningful friendships. For now.

In other news, 1 billion people are my aunt.

So, that’s a billion cats dressed as pirates.

And all of them are people you didn’t like in high school.

Are you a part of the billion Facebook-ers? Let me know!

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