October 14, 2008Data · Photos

10 billion photos

Doug Beaver

We recently hit a really cool milestone, our users have now uploaded over 10 billion photos to the site. Now, that’s a big number, but we actually store four image sizes for each uploaded photo, so that’s over 40 billion files. To celebrate, we got a bunch of cupcakes and handed them out to our engineering and operations groups. One of our engineers calculated that if we had gotten one cupcake for each of our photos, and lined them up side by side, the line could reach halfway to the moon. Here’s some other interesting recent stats on photos:

  • 2-3 Terabytes of photos are being uploaded to the site every day
  • We have just over one petabyte of photo storage
  • We serve over 15 billion photo images per day
  • Photo traffic now peaks at over 300,000 images served per second

Doug is looking forward to the day we reach the moon, and then the day we make it back.

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