According to an article on the Guardian website;
“The company said it had 1.23 billion monthly active users, a 16% increase year-over-year but up just 3.4% compared with the third quarter, a sign that growth may be slowing. Monthly active mobile users totalled 945 million as of 31 December, an increase of 39% year-over-year and 8.1% higher than the third quarter. Revenue from advertising was $2.34bn, a 76% increase from the same quarter last year, and mobile advertising revenue represented approximately 53% of the total, up from approximately 23% in the fourth quarter of 2012.”
There is of course both good and bad with Facebook. It’s great to keep in touch with friends that you may not see much, whether they are near or far away and it can be really useful in finding people with whom you’ve lost touch. I tracked down an old friend that I hadn’t heard from in perhaps twenty years and it took me no more than fifteen minutes.
It’s not all positive; it’s a place where people interact so we find all kinds of behaviour, some of which is not good. It can be a huge waste of time but then so can watching TV or for that matter any form of entertainment.
To mark their anniversary Facebook have produced what they call ‘my Facebook movie’. It’s a link to a page that will take items from your Facebook history and put them into a short video with a soundtrack that can be shared on the user’s newsfeed. If you are a Facebook user, you’re probably very familiar with it by now as it’s proved very popular.
I found my own video quite moving. Virtually all of the pictures were of my family; my wife, my daughters and my grandchildren. It is computer generated so there are people missing such as my eldest daughter and there’s a rouge banjo in there (which will be a thrill for my banjo loving wife). But to see pictures of some of the people that I love and remember for a moment times we have shared is for me emotional.
Then I thought what if God had a Facebook page. I know the idea’s silly but humour me for a moment. What would his Facebook movie look like? It would last more than sixty-two seconds for a start and no one would be forgotten, his children are far too important to him for that. It would not show the times they have let him down, he has chosen not to remember their sins. It would show the times they trusted him, spoke for him, prayed to him and sang for him. It would show the faces of the ones he loves, different races, male and female, rich and poor, old and young. And among all of those faces would be one of a guy in his fifties with glasses and a bent nose and I’d be there because he loves me. As Paul writes;
“I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
If you have trusted Jesus Christ, your face would be there too.