Facebook officially has 1 billion active users, the company's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced this morning. That number is equal to roughly one-seventh of the entire human population.
This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month.
If you're reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you.
Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life.
I am committed to working every day to make
Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able
to connect the rest of the world too.
The 1 billion milestone came at 12:45 p.m. PT, on September 14, according to a fact sheet [DOC]
that Facebook released this morning. The company also unveiled some
additional stats that help put the social network's monster growth in
perspective: 1.13 trillion Likes, 1040.3 billion friend connections, 219
billion photos uploaded, 17 billion location-tagged posts, 62.6 million
songs played 22 billion times.
Facebook says that the median age of users
had dropped from 26 in 2008, when the company first hit 100 million
users (one tenth the number it has now, four years later), to
The United States, Brazil, India, Indonesia,
and Mexico have more people on Facebook than any other countries today.
Among the 1 billion active users, 600 million access Facebook through a
mobile device, according to the company.
Of course, what Facebook does not mention in its press release is that 8.7 percent of all accounts
on the social network are either fake or duplicate accounts. (However,
that should not significantly impact the 1 billion number, as it's
unlikely that Facebook counts these as "active" users.) The company is
currently working to clean up the problem, part of which involves asking users to rat on their friends who use fake names.
While Zuckerberg says that he is thankful for
having the "honor" of "serving" us, the truth is that we are the ones
who have served Facebook. Despite its woes on Wall Street, Facebook is
currently worth about $46.77 billion, as of Wednesday's market closing.
Mark Zuckerberg alone is currently worth just under $11 billion. He is
To celebrate the 1 billion-users mark,
Facebook has launch a full-bore media blitz, with Zuckerberg appearing
on NBC's "Today" show, and providing Bloomberg Businessweek with an interview
that serves as the magazine's cover story. In it, Zuckerberg says that
the company is holding a hackathon to mark the occasion. It's theme? The
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