Kara Swisher

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Hey, Over Here, Everyone Plotzing Over Twitter Funding! "Aarrr," It's Facebook


Nobody, but nobody, releases news late Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend, unless they are trying to do a PR pirate raid on another company.

So it was nice to see Facebook, which tried and failed to buy Twitter, having the moxie to release impressive user numbers for the fast-growing social-networking site just as all the oxygen was getting sucked out of the media room by news that the microblogging start-up got $35 million in new funding and a $250 million valuation.

In a Facebook press release today that arrived at 2:31 p.m. PST: More than 175 million users, with an average of 120 friends on the site; three billion minutes spent daily on Facebook; 850 million photos uploaded monthly; and more.

And, oh, yes: “More than 15 million users update their statuses at least once each day.”

Translation from Facebook founder and CEO Mark “Talk-Like-a-Pirate” Zuckerberg: Aarrr! Yer a scurvy bilge rat, puny Twitter!

Here’s an image of the new Facebook stats page (click on it to make it larger):

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik