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Facebook reaches 500 million users

2010-07-26

Queen’s University Film and Media professor Sidneyeve Matrix is available to talk about Facebook reaching 500 million users this week and the impact of this six-year-old web phenomenon has on communication, culture and commerce.

“How has it changed the way we connect and communicate? Facebook plays a significant role in the personal lives of its 500 million members. It’s impacted everything from searching for high school sweethearts to parents friending their teens, from status update breakups to stream dating FB apps, from unfriending those guilty of oversharing to expressing affection through sending pixilated flowers,” says Dr. Matrix, an expert in popular culture, mass media communications and digital culture studies. “The population of Facebook is now the equivalent of 15 Canadas.”

To arrange an interview, please contact Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca, or Kristyn Wallace at 613.533.6000 ext. 79173 or kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca at News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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