Facebook Reaches One Billion Users

Facebook, which had last reported a very impressive milestone of nearly 950 million users months ago, has reported its greatest milestone yet – one billion users.

Mark Zuckerberg posted a note today, stating that Facebook’s monthly active users had surpassed the one billion users mark.

One Billion People on Facebook

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.

Just to make it clear, Facebook’s total registered user base must have passed the one billion mark some time ago, but Facebook is focusing on monthly active users, a much more relevant metric.

Facebook has grown exponentially in the last couple of years, driven primarily by increasing global mobile penetration and initiatives like Facebook Zero.

It also shared some other interesting stats. Since launch, it has seen more than 219 billion photos uploaded, 140 billion friend connections and 1.13 trillion likes.

The timing of the announcement is great, as it comes right before Facebook gets ready to report its earnings for the third quarter of 2012.

If users were citizens, Facebook would now be the third largest country in the world after China and India. In the next couple of years, it may even overtake both.

What remains to be seen is whether or not Facebook is able to effectively monetize its growing user base and become the $100 billion company it was touted to be.

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