" />
Social Media

Facebook photo uploads double during New Year 2013, new record set

Facebook photo uploads double during New Year 2013, new record set

New Year 2013 set an all-time Facebook record as 1.1 billion photos were uploaded during the 48-hour period beginning New Year’s Eve and continuing through New Year’s Day.

Considering that, on average, 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook each and every day, that’s almost double the amount of media content sent Facebook’s way on a given day – content that will be especially useful, and discoverable, now that Facebook has announced Graph Search.

1.1 billion uploads is substantially more than 2012’s New Year’s record of 844 million photo uploads – undoubtedly helped by Facebook’s multiple image upload update on mobile during the year. This brings the total number of images on Facebook to 240 billion.

It’s mind-bogglingly, perhaps worrying, to think that a single company stores almost one quarter of a trillion photos tied into an enormous social graph as participants are tagged and offline relationships between its users recorded. Facebook knows when two or more of its users are tagged in the same photo or tagged as being in the same location at a given time. This is all information that has been indexed by Facebook’s new internal search engine, making content on Facebook more discoverable and Graph Search a better product.

Increasingly, photos are uploaded from mobile with geolocation data attached. It’s foreseeable that Facebook will allow brands and businesses to use geotagged images that you may have taken at a restaurant, for example, to recommend their enterprise to your friends using your images.

I’ve previously heard people define Facebook entirely as a photo-sharing site – something not too far from the truth.

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social Media

Darren McCarra is co-editor of The Sociable. He has a keen interest in photography, all things mobile, and writing about technology and social media. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

More in Social Media

social media immigrants

US can now collect social media data on immigrants, citizens, and travelers

Tim HinchliffeOctober 23, 2017
social media anti-terrorism

Murky methods: social media’s initial anti-terrorism efforts

Ben AllenOctober 20, 2017
instagram post trending

Instagram hashtags: how to get your post trending

Kavinesh ArumugamOctober 18, 2017
HashtagWithMyBae HashtagBestSmoothieEver

Why ratings and reviews are for products, not people

Daniel SanchezOctober 17, 2017
instagram stories polling

How businesses can leverage Instagram Stories’ polling feature

Kavinesh ArumugamOctober 10, 2017
Privacy in the age of performance crime fighting

Why privacy is becoming a collateral of crime fighting

Daniel SanchezOctober 6, 2017
social media marketing

The role of Artificial Intelligence in revolutionizing social media marketing

Boris DzhingarovSeptember 28, 2017
tech grew up

Tech sector issues: 4 ways big tech grew up this year

Ben AllenSeptember 25, 2017

Punks at heart: the tech-savvy reinvention of corporate social responsibility

Daniel SanchezSeptember 20, 2017