Images – Future of Google & Facebook

Robin Sloan has a great post of importance of images for both Google and Facebook:

The first one you know. What you might not know is just how completely central photos are to Facebook’s product, and by extension its whole business. The company’s S1 filing reports that, in the last three months of 2011, users uploaded around 250 million photos every day. For context, around 480 million people used the service on any given day in that span. That’s like… quite a ratio. A whole lot of people sign up for Facebook because they want to see a friend or family member’s photos, and a whole lot of people return to the site to see new ones. (And I mean, really: does the core Facebook behavior of stalking provide any satisfaction without photos? No, it does not.)

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