Facebook Registers 3 Million User Names Within Several Hours

Posted Jun 14, 2009

On Friday night, there was a Facebook user name rush.  By yesterday morning there were about 3 million user names registered.  Within 15 minutes, over 500,000 user names were registered.  And within an hour, about 1 million were registered.

?Traffic was a quite a bit higher than usual,? stated Facebook spokesman Larry Yu in an e-mail. Facebook was ?able to handle this quite smoothly? because of rigorous testing beforehand.  Twitter should learn a lesson from Facebook in this situation.

Facebook has over 200 million users.  Each user was given the opportunity to choose one unique name.  The reason why Facebook has given the option to register user names is so that search engines will be able to index the profiles of users seamlessly.

[via Bloomberg]