Facebook’s 140 Billion Photos Represent 4% of Photos Ever Taken By Humans

“Ten percent of all the photos we have were taken in the past 12 months,” says Jonathan Good on the blog for 1000memories, a photo organizing and sharing site.

Digital cameras are now ubiquitous — it is estimated that 2.5 billion people in the world today have a digital camera[6]. If the average person snaps 150 photos this year that would be a staggering 375 billion photos. That might sound implausible but this year people will upload over 70 billion photos to Facebook, suggesting around 20% of all photos this year will end up there[7]. Already Facebook’s photo collection has a staggering 140 billion photos, that’s over 10,000 times larger than the Library of Congress…. In total we have now taken over 3.5 trillion photos.

Facebook’s 140 billion photos is 4% of the 3.5 trillion photos every taken by humans. In ten years, that number will be one in five (at least).

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