Facebook hosts 140 billion photos, and will add 70 billion this year, according to the blog of photo-sharing site 1000memories.
Putting this in context, 1000memories made the following visualization which shows how big Facebook’s library of photos are in comparison to other photo sharing sites, as well as the Library of Congress.
The infographic originally posted by 1000memories is part of a blog post that also offers an estimate of how many photos (both analog and digital) have EVER been taken (research footnotes provided).
Even accounting for population growth the exponential growth of photos is incredible (we take 4 times as many photos as 10 year ago). Today every party, birthday, sports game and concert is documented in rich detail. The combination of all these photos is a rich portrait of today, the possibilities of which are illustrated by a tool like “The Moment”. As photos keep growing we take a clearer and clearer snapshot of our lives and world today – in total we have now taken over 3.5 trillion photos. The kind of photos we are taking has changed drastically – analog photos have almost disappeared – but the growth of photos continues.