Facebook users uploaded more than 2.7 million photographs, shared 1 million links and “liked” 7.6 million pages every 20 minutes in 2010, according to the company.

Among other data the social network is releasing: Lady Gaga was the most-liked celebrity on Facebook (Facebook) with 24.7 million likes, beating out Eminem with 23.7 million and Barack Obama, who had 17.2 million.

The numbers also offer a snapshot into Facebook users’ love lives in 2010. Some 43,869,800 people changed their relationship status to single during the year while 3,025,791 changed it to “it’s complicated.” Another 28,460,516 changed their status to in a relationship, 5,974,574 to engaged and 36,774,801 to married.

Meanwhile, here’s a look at Facebook activity from a randomly chosen 20 minutes:

  • Shared links: 1,000,000
  • Tagged (tagged) photos: 1,323,000
  • Event invites sent out: 1,484,000
  • Wall posts: 1,587,000
  • Status updates: 1,851,000
  • Friend (friend) requests accepted: 1,972,000
  • Photos uploaded: 2,716,000
  • Comments: 10,208,000
  • Messages: 4,632,000
  • Likes: 7,657,000

This video also details some of the hottest topics on Facebook, including the Chilean mine collapse and the new acronym HMU.

The numbers are so big I could not help myself to get a look at them "by the billion", translating these 20 minute data into a year and also to look at the members average use throughout the year and per day. I do not have the average number of Facebook users for 2010, but in a quick and dirty way using the 500 million member stats, the average user of Facebook did the following in 2010:


Facebook Usage Stats 2010*

Minutes in a year 525,949
20 min blocks in year 26,297
Av. Users (estimate) 500,000,000
Days in a year 365


Yearly Per User Per User & Day
Shared links: 26,297,438,300 53 0.14
Tagged photos: 34,791,510,871 70 0.19
Event invites sent out: 39,025,398,437 78 0.21
Wall posts: 41,734,034,582 83 0.23
Status updates: 48,676,558,293 97 0.27
Friend requests accepted: 51,858,548,328 104 0.28
Photos uploaded: 71,423,842,423 143 0.39
Comments: 268,444,250,166 537 1.47
Messages: 121,809,734,206 244 0.67
Likes: 201,359,485,063 403 1.1
*Original data taken from: http://mashable.com/2010/12/31/facebook-by-the-numbers-in-2010-stats/?utm_sou...

I was shocked by the small amount of links shared, but the numbers for pictures, messages, comments and likes are impressive.