Hard to believe that Facebook turned 6 with another milestone- 400 million friends! According to Facebook 50% logon on any given day and 35 million update their status each day. Since it took Facebook 4 ½ years to reach 100 million friends in August 2008, the current growth rate is pretty incredible. What this portends is hard to image, but growth sure seem likely. Just look at these statistics from Facebook:
Facebook’s Project Titan – Gmail Killer?
In the meantime reports came out that “Facebook is completely rewriting their messaging product and is preparing to launch a fully featured webmail product in its place… unofficially and perhaps over-enthusiastically, the Gmail killer.” Whether Titan is the Gmail killer is probably beside the point as the critical issue here is that Facebook is expanding into webmail to help its 400 million friends communicate more efficiently.
Gmail Adds New Features
Not so fast for Titan being a Gmail killer as reports also came out that “Google Inc. is taking a swipe at Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. with a new feature that makes it easier for users of Gmail to view media and status updates shared online by their friends.” One might wonder if Google was watching Facebook’s Titan and needed to offer new Gmail services to compete. Interesting dynamics for Web 2.0 which this blog will continue to monitor!