http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25312348-23109,00.html

HOT social networking website Facebook expects to welcome its 200 millionth user, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said.

Mr Zuckerberg, who created Facebook with two Harvard University roommates five years ago, announced the milestone in a post on the official Facebook blog.

"We will welcome our 200 millionth user to Facebook some time today,'' the 24-year-old chief executive said, describing it as a "really good start''.

"We are working hard to build a service that everyone, everywhere can use, whether they are a person, a company, a president or an organisation working for change,'' Mr Zuckerberg said.

"At Facebook, we want to build the best service in the world for people to connect with and share everything that is important to them, whether day-to-day or world-changing,'' he said.

"There are still many more people and groups in the world whose voices we want to connect with everyone who wants to hear them,'' he added.

"So even as we celebrate the 200 millionth person and all of you using Facebook today, we are working to bring the power of sharing to everyone in the world.''

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When 1 in 30 of the worlds population is now a member of facebook, the question is could we be seeing the beginning of virtual nations? or is this the symbol of true globalisation? and, How does this relate to the idea of universal brotherhood?

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Comment by Mikhayl Von Riebon on April 9, 2009 at 5:07am
What do you think a world without 'doctors and sickness' would be like?
Comment by Katinka Hesselink on April 9, 2009 at 5:03am
Mikhayl - that has never seemed a reasonable proposition to me. It's a bit like saying: we need illness for there to be doctors. Before you know it the doctors will be promoting bad diets to have something to do.

Martin - fun :)
Comment by Mikhayl Von Riebon on April 9, 2009 at 3:31am
id certainly advocate this site for officiality

i like your chain of thought, though if i might be the devils advocate, in relation to: "if one cannot be peaceful/balanced/truthful, perhaps one'd better step away from the screen or the keyboard." id ask, perhaps we need these aggressive people to help others see the need to act with kindness? perhaps without suffering we wouldnt understand the necessity for compassion? :)

Mikhayl
Comment by Katinka Hesselink on April 9, 2009 at 3:00am
It's certainly much easier with the internet & services like facebook to connect with people all over the world. I think it's a tool that should be used to try for some practical brotherhood. Paradoxically - online it's more true than ever that what you give you will receive. That is: you have to be real for it to work. You have to BE peaceful for the effect of your online actions to be peaceful. Brotherhood isn't an abstract thing - it's the day to day living of kindness & fairness & truth.

Or perhaps phrased a bit more negatively: if one cannot be peaceful/balanced/truthful, perhaps one'd better step away from the screen or the keyboard. The effect of what is done online gets magnified - as recent theosophical events have amply shown I think. But of course that is a sliding scale as well: when should righteous anger be expressed? And when should one hold one's tongue and wait for more information & how things play out?

Anyone who sticks their neck out has to be aware that they WILL be held accountable for mistakes they made, especially in an official capacity.

... I think I digressed slightly- getting back to your theme: the internet in general and facebook in particular are certainly bringing people closer together worldwide (that is: wealthy, privileged people). And humanity is only just learning how to deal with the responsibilities that come with this greater potential to connect and share. One reason for the recent TS troubles is that our general secretaries aren't at home in this medium & yet have to deal with it one way or another. I do think that Radha's total non-interference may be, for her at least, the best option.

But I would be very surprised if an official TS blog didn't come into existence at some point in the next 10 years.

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