Facebook Is About To Send One Billions Emails

Billion — with a B. An email to every single one of its users — so actually a little over a billion at this point. In other words, one seventh of the entire Earth's population is getting hit with one message.

The blast — the largest email dispatch Facebook has ever sent out in its history, and certainly one of the biggest non-spam deliveries in email history — isn't even of anything particularly thrilling. In short, Facebook used to allow users to vote on certain policy changes if enough people chimed in — now they're going to phase that out, which doesn't matter because nobody really used this system anyway.

So as not to cause some sort of explosion, Facebook told us it will be sending the messages out in waves But still! One billion emails. One billion people hypothetically all reading the exact same thing. How many times has that happened in human history? I would venture not that many times!

Of course, if you add in all the people who will die between now and then, spam filters, people who just delete everything, and those mutants with 95,000 unread messages in their inbox, the number will be lower than 1,000,000,000.

But I repeat: a billion damn emails. If you listen closely, you can hear them rumbling right now.


Comments

    Considering the number of accounts made for marketing, companies, fake identities, trolling and countless other purposes, I'd be hesitant to make any claims about how many actual people are actually using Facebook. Particularly in light of their tendency to lie about how popular they are.

      Agreed. Most of my friends have deleted their accounts entirely, or simply maintain a fake identity for purposes such as competitions and promotions. Facebook user base is massively inflated, every day I meet people that are not on Facebook and have no interest in being on there - and that is fine.

    sounds like a hellava lotta spam.

    ...and then Joe clicked "reply all"

    And the internet died...

    I really hope they BCC everyone. Imagine the fallout if people could reply all???? It's bad enough at work and we only have around 150 employees.

    They should make some money and sell an ad on it!

    This seems like a bad idea, i can see all the spam producers replicating fake emails and stealing a shitload of facebook account details...

    Oh, qwouldnt it be nice if they allowed their users to actually vote on the way in which they have totally gimped pages so that people who like them cant even see the updates anymore?

    I would foresee a landslide - but, to hell with what the users want, hey facebook?

      That's a bit naive... You're forgetting that user data is the product Facebook sells to advertisers ie. users aren't the client, businesses that advertise through the site are. They'd have to see a massive drop off in active user accounts before they felt the need to cede any kind of developmental input to users.

    I reckon an interesting experiment FB should do and that is to Share the email. Every person @FB should share the email on their timeline and that person share it too 1 person and so on.
    it would be cool for lil óle me in a small town in WA to recieve that email. From Palo Alto to the other side of the world, then they could get a true idea of there status in this world of ours lol
    Interesting to say the least. A sort of Six Degree's of Separation type thing ??

    Why not just tell us via Facebook? Send a FB message, or put a temp banner at the top of our feed.

      HAHAHA!!!

      Someone at Facebook HQ just face palmed whilst saying 'D'oh!'

      Because they know like everyone else who does actual work, email is a better way to communicate

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