Score One For The Forces Of Innumeracy

In these exponential times, I admit that even I find it easy to nod my head credulously at a passage like this:

When it comes to [Facebook’s] online chat function, 1.6 billion messages are sent every single day and 1.4 million photos are uploaded a second.

Not so Nat Friedman who crunched some numbers in an utterly classroom-appropriate exercise in unit conversion and calculated that this means everyone on Earth is uploading approximately 20 photos per day.

Which means I had better hurry up and get a Facebook account.

[via daring fireball]

[N.B. The Internet has been pretty generous today, right?]


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1 Comment

  1. Cathy Jones

    June 4, 2013 - 5:40 am -

    I’m a math teacher at a Secondary Career and Tech School.

    I’m going to add to this and ask if the average picture size is 100Kilobytes and the average upload speed in the US is 1.9Megabits persecond, How much time is spent uploading?

    It is a great way to connect conversion to Computer Systems Technology.

    I’ll let you know how it goes.