Well, the big day is here: Facebook has reached 500 million users. To put that into perspective, by recent estimates, there are 309,723,000 people currently living in the U.S. It’s no wonder that there are nearly 65 million people “liking” things every day and more than 25 billion pieces of content shared each month (e.g., web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.)
To celebrate this enormous milestone, Facebook and the JESS3 team designed and built a new section of Facebook called “Stories,” which invites the 500 million users to share how Facebook has changed their lives. Located at stories.facebook.com, this new application offers the option to either sort stories by location or by topics ranging from love, to natural disasters, to lost and found, to religion, to politics and many others. The most “liked” stories then appear at the bottom of the page for all to see.
JESS3 worked closely with the Facebook design team to make the new section fit the site’s signature aesthetic seamlessly, as well as explore other, more futuristic concepts. These additional concepts will continue to inform the evolving look and feel of the Stories site for months to come. Check out some of our favorite below:
For more info, check out Facebook’s blog “500 Million Stories” by CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg.
And, earlier this week, Kara Swisher covered the exclusive announcement on AllThingsD: Exclusive: Facebook Will Announce 500 Million Users Next Week With “Facebook Stories”.
Check out some of our early concepts,