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The 1 billion faces of Facebook

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Many people wonder, are there really 1 billion Facebook users? In a word, the answer is “no.” There are not 1 billion individual people actively on Facebook. Facebook has many accounts that are fake, duplicates, pages for celebrities, fans, businesses, and other uses. Many of the Facebook accounts included in the 1 billion number are accounts created by bots or accounts created by people simply to see how many friends they can get. Facebook also has millions of memorial accounts that Facebook typically does not include in its user count.

image of a storm trooper on facebookpicture for facebook profile pictureimage of an example of a profile picture on facebook

However, there are plenty of legitimate users on Facebook. The United States alone has millions of active users that sign into their accounts at least once a week. All around the world, millions of other Facebook users log in on a regular basis as well. Facebook itself released a statement when the company went public that states that currently, there are about 483 million active users on Facebook that use the site at least once a month. Even if this number is inflated with pet accounts, business accounts, fan accounts, and fictional accounts, there are still an astonishing number of people that use Facebook today, whether it is for personal use, business use, or just for fun.

So who are the faces behind these “active” users? We explore the truth behind the one billion user base of the living, the dead and the artificial.

Facebook has some strange users, and it is possible to find some of the strangest things on the site. Take for example, some of these unusual photos used as Facebook profile pictures. These photos have gathered fame because they are quite different from the photos one normally sees used as profile images:

Updated blank profile pictures:

Take for example, the updated “blank” profile picture. These pictures can be used in place of the anonymous person photo that every user has before uploading a personal picture. With these pictures, you can still be unique while remaining incognito. Most of the are really easy to create using vector graphic designer software such as Illustrator.

The superhero picture:

image of the super hero facebook profile picture

Another strange profile picture you can see is the “superhero” picture, where this man is wearing a wrestling mask and making a fierce expression at the camera.

The duckface:

Facebook also encouraged the spread of the use of the “duckface” for teen girls in their profile photos. Today, it is hard to find a woman’s profile that does not contain at least once “duckface” shot, usually accompanied by layers and layers of makeup. This trend is so large, that even the New York Times reported on the trend.

Hipsters and hipster glasses:

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the crowds that like to dress strangely on Facebook, including a huge amount of hipsters that try to become so far out of the mainstream that they will do almost anything to stand out. Ironically, hipster fashion, including large glasses, tight pants, and messenger bags are now some of the most mainstream fashion items out there.

There are even entire pages dedicated to the promotion of silly phrases and items, like the page, I Like Giant Vintage Sunglasses, I Hate Hipsters, and a plethora of collections of funny or interesting photos.

There is actually a large number of Facebook groups dedicated to the promotion of strange or unusual eye wear, like the Sunglasses at Night group, and the page simply for those that like sunglasses in general.

Although Facebook has opened the world of communication for people across the world, it has also helped foster some strange trends and people groups. Of all the 1 billion faces on Facebook, there are only a few that are normal and worth looking at. Maybe as more grandmothers join Facebook the strangeness will even out.

Author Bio: Simon is a Blog owner and regular contributor for various Blogs from Europe and likes to write in various topics and prides himself in being a versatile professional writer.

This post was written by Simon from higherclick.com on behalf of their client Macys.com

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Author Bio: Simon is a Blog owner and regular contributor for various Blogs from Europe and likes to write in various topics and prides himself in being a versatile professional writer.

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