At the Le Web conference in Paris, Facebook Development Network Director Ethan Beard hit the stage to talk about Facebook Connect. ?We aspire to be a technology that people use to connect to things they care about no matter where they are,? stated Beard. Currently over 80,000 websites and devices have integrated Facebook connect since the feature launched in December 2008. Between those 80,000 websites and devices, about 60 million people are reached per month through Facebook Connect.
According to comScore, about half of global top 100 websites and about two-thirds of the U.S. Top 100 websites have integrated Facebook Connect. The Huffington Post even saw a 500% increase in Facebook referrals after integrating the Facebook Connect feature.
In terms of applications, there are about 500,000 applications built on Facebook. Beard said that he was surprised by the sudden growth of social gaming by big companies such as Zynga, Playdom, and Playfish. Over 70% of Facebook users are from outside the U.S. according to Beard.