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Facebook overtakes the US as third largest

  • Nury Vittachi

Bangkok   /   Sun, January 10 2010   /  03:50 pm

The message was mysterious. "I'd like to meet you. I am the ruler of one of the three biggest countries in the world." I don't get an invitation like that every day. Once or twice a month, yes, but not every day. But who could it be? All large countries are run by guys, aren't they? The biggest nations by population are China, India and the US. The biggest ones by land mass are Russia, Canada and China. The biggest places by ego of ruling party members are Singapore, North Korea and Malaysia. They're all run by guys, which is probably why the world is in such a mess. Any sensible, intelligent person would have ignored such a wacky invitation. So 14 minutes later I was there. At the coffee shop I met a pleasant thirty-something Australian woman called Janice. She explained that "the land of Facebook" had just overtaken the US as the third biggest country in the world, with 350 ...