More than two million people have logged onto their Facebook accounts via Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console in the last week.

On November 17, Microsoft enabled Xbox LIVE Community subscribers to use their Xbox 360 connect to social networking sites Twitter and Facebook as well as live radio streaming site,, directly through their gaming console.

"In less than a week, nearly two million people logged into their Facebook accounts through Xbox LIVE to view photos, make status updates and check in on friends and family. Twitter was also abuzz with the Xbox LIVE community posting tweets from around the globe," wrote Microsoft in a November 24 press release.

Microsoft hopes the new features will help people stay in touch with their overseas families and friends during the Christmas period.