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Viral Graphic: What If Solar Power Grew as Fast as Facebook? (Also Its Places Video!)

In a slight switcheroo from viral video, here is a cool infographic from the One Block Off the Grid solar energy blog.

As 1BOG notes:

“Facebook recently passed 500 million users. If the growth rate of the world’s largest and fastest growing social network could be applied to solar, it would only take 4.7 years to power the entire world with solar energy.”

And that’s without adding in all the energy expended poking, friending and throwing sheep!

Check out the graphic (click in it to make it larger)–1BOG explains that the green is the growth curve of Facebook since 2004 if it were applied to global solar energy. The x-axis is months and the y-axis represents additional terawatts solar energy generating capacity that would be added over the next decade.

So you don’t miss a video, here is the one that Facebook showed at the launch of its Places geo-location feature yesterday (and which seems to have been shot partly in Dolores Park in San Francisco, right near All Things Digital Worldwide HQ):


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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