Infographic: The Facebook Profile Photo

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When we think of photos on the Web, most of us think of Flickr. It's the YouTube of photographs -- or at least that's what it is today. What will it be tomorrow? Facebook, that social network which has amassed a user base of about 700 million all over the world, is closing in on hosting 100 billion photographs. That number will explode in coming years if we believe that past trends will continue into the future -- and that's not even counting on continued expansion. Every year for the past few years, the number of profile photos posted per user has tripled.

This according to an analysis of the Facebook profile photos of the 500,000+ users of Pixable, a photo discovery application that is both Web-based and available on Apple products (the iPhone and the iPad).

Infographics are always a bit of a hodgepodge of statistics culled from a variety of sources. Here, we sort through the clutter and pull out some of our favorite facts and figures:

  • Facebook is projected to hit 100 billion photographs this summer.
  • Women upload more profile photos than men, typically adding a new one every two weeks. Men add a new profile photo once every three weeks on average.
  • Every year users change their profile photos more often than the previous year. The number of profile photos posted per Facebook user per year has tripled since 2006.
  • The typical profile photo on Facebook has three likes and two comments, but one user that Pixable looked at in its research had a single photo with 157 comments on it.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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