8 Billion Minutes Wasted on Facebook, Everyday
By on October 21st, 2009

In the past we have told you about tools that allow you to measure the amount of time you spend on various websites. Considering a recent report in the Web2.0 summit, we definitely urge you to start using them :-).


TechCrunch has created a summed up report, from a presentation by Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s VP of Engineering. According to him:

  • Users spend 8 billion minutes online everyday using Facebook
  • There are some 2 billion pieces of content shared every week on the service
  • Users upload 2 billion photos each month
  • There are over 20 billion photos now on Facebook
  • During peak times, Facebook serves 1.2 million photos a second
  • Yesterday alone, Facebook served 5 billion API calls
  • There are 1.2 million users for every engineer at

8 Billion minutes a day is definitely a huge number, considering that we mortals only have 1440 minutes a day. To give you a perspective, Facebook has 300 million users and according to the presented data, an average user spends a minimum of 27 minutes on Facebook. This number may not be entirely correct, since several millions users do not actively use Facebook everyday. We can safely assume that a average user spends 30-35 minutes on Facebook.

The fact that Facebook has 30000 servers to handle these requests, make them more reliable than the smaller players, and gives users a better experience while using their service.

How may minutes do you spend on Facebook? Do let us know about it through your comments.

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