Facebook Hits 500 Million Users After 6 Short Years

It's no big surprise, but Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, officially announced his service had reached 500 million active users. As part of the announcement, the company launched a new "stories" app that lets people tell Facebook awesome things about Facebook. Most of the entries are maudlin at best, and it seems like about three-quarters of them are about (re)meeting the love of a life. Some users, though, are using the service in more interesting, or at least funnier, ways. User Eduarda Scissorhands had this to say:

I'm from West Philadelphia, where things are somewhat rough. One day, after school, I was just hanging out with some friends and playing some basketball on the playground. But then, on this particular day, some guys decided to cause some trouble in the neighborhood. We had a skirmish, and it frightened my mother. She informed me that I was moving in with my aunt and uncle in Bel Air, California.

(If you don't recognize it, Scissorhands is retelling the Fresh Prince of Bel Air origin story.)

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