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Villa reach huge 1m milestone on social media site Facebook

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Villa reach huge 1m milestone on social media site Facebook

The incredible milestone of 1m likes has now been reached on Villa's Facebook page.

Our social media site enables claret and blue followers to globally connect and share their love for the team.

Villa have now hit the treasured 1m and remarkably achieved this feat within three years.

The popular page began in April 2010 when James Redrup posted the first comment.

The page continued to grow, bringing with it exciting content from within the club.

Fans now receive news, views, wallpapers, pictures, polls and much, much more. 

In the first year we had photo treasure hunts and mammoth badge design votes.

By January 2011, Villa signed Darren Bent and the likes burst past 100,000.

The page grew at an ever-increasing rate and 2011 saw us add 247,000 likes - that's 675 a day.

Then 2012 saw us add another 500,000 fans.

Almost 80% of our Facebook fans come from outside of the United Kingdom.

There are Facebook followers from all over the world speaking over 30 dialects - English, Spanish, Indonesian, Arabic, Portugese, Thai and Mandarin.

There are 30,000 fans in Ireland, 25,000 in the US and 275,000 in Europe.

Top following cities include New York, Dublin, Singapore, London, Mexico City - along with Birmingham, of course. 

Player acquisitions have been shown to create large spikes - with 2,000 liking from Holland when Ron Vlaar signed for Villa and 3,000 liking from Belgium when Christian Benteke signed.

To celebrate the achievement, fans from all over the world are being invited to enter our 'One In A Million' competition with a money-can't-buy prize.

Enter on Facebook to win a unique trip to Villa Park and watch the home game against Liverpool.

But, not only that, you and a friend will enjoy VIP treatment and stay in the city centre with £200 spending money.

What's more we will be giving five runners up an away shirt and everyone who enters will be given a free 14 day pass to AVTV, Villa's online TV channel.

Make sure you enter our competition on Facebook.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 19th February 2013
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