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The Relative Sizes of the World’s Largest Photo Libraries

Facebook is by far the world’s largest photo service, but how does its massive image collection compare with other website and photo libraries? 1000memories created this interesting graphic showing the relative sizes of the world’s largest photo libraries.

Digital cameras are now ubiquitous – it is estimated that 2.5 billion people in the world today have a digital camera. If the average person snaps 150 photos this year that would be a staggering 375 billion photos. That might sound implausible but this year people will upload over 70 billion photos to Facebook, suggesting around 20% of all photos this year will end up there. Already Facebook’s photo collection has a staggering 140 billion photos, that’s over 10,000 times larger than the Library of Congress.

I wonder what future generations will think of the photos being uploaded to Facebook these days…

How many photos have ever been taken? [1000memories]


 
 
  • Graysmith

    Quality over quantity.

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    The fact that Instagram is smaller than flickr disproves your statement.

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    The fact that Instagram is smaller than flickr disproves your statement.

  • http://arenacreative.com/ ArenaCreative.com Stock Photos

    mind boggling.  

  • Jonathan

    This is like comparing apples & oranges.  There’s a huge difference between physical libraries (like the Library of Congress) and virtual libraries (like Flickr & Facebook).

  • Davin

    Makes you wonder what the value of each library would be.

  • Graysmith

    You do realize that Instagram has been around for less than a year, while Flickr was launched 7 1/2 years ago, right? They’re quite obviously not directly comparable. Give Instagram another 6+ years and it will have surpassed Flickr in terms of volume.

  • ron b

    Or, most likely, something else…

  • Mprulez

    Mass production now back to the masses :P

  • http://twitter.com/bibliotechy chad nelson

    Is this only the publicly available stuff in Fecebook?

  • http://www.chriszerbes.com Chris

    I would estimate that the vast majority of facebook photos are from mobile phone cameras.

  • Ryan Jenkins

    I know someone with even more. ;)

  • Chungajunk

    They won’t think about our digital photography at all, because it will have been erased decades eariler. They will think about how stupid we were to put our trust in machines.

  • Chungajunk

    They won’t think about our digital photography at all, because it will have been erased decades eariler. They will think about how stupid we were to put our trust in machines.

  • Chungajunk

    They won’t think about our digital photography at all, because it will have been erased decades eariler. They will think about how stupid we were to put our trust in machines.

  • Chungajunk

    They won’t think about our digital photography at all, because it will have been erased decades eariler. They will think about how stupid we were to put our trust in machines.

  • http://twitter.com/Soiden Sebastián Soto

    That’s why I don’t see 500px anywhere.

  • http://twitter.com/Soiden Sebastián Soto

    That’s why I don’t see 500px anywhere.

  • xpirex

    .. and 99% of it complete crap..

  • Anonymous

    When i saw this I thought that it would be a list of images libraries used by web applications like Google earth, Google maps, or Bing maps. Those are also photos although they are highly technical ones taken from the air or satellites. They most certainly are not publicly accessible photo services. It would be interesting to compare them as they are most certainly photo libraries.

  • Anonymous

    When i saw this I thought that it would be a list of images libraries used by web applications like Google earth, Google maps, or Bing maps. Those are also photos although they are highly technical ones taken from the air or satellites. They most certainly are not publicly accessible photo services. It would be interesting to compare them as they are most certainly photo libraries.

  • http://twitter.com/Louisaville Louisa Harker-Marin

    Did anyone think about including an actual photo library like Getty images?

  • http://twitter.com/Louisaville Louisa Harker-Marin

    Did anyone think about including an actual photo library like Getty images?