Facebook hits the 500 million user mark

Darren Allan

July 21, 2010

It was fully expected that Facebook would hit the half-billion user milestone during July, and indeed that has happened today.

Facebook has announced its 500 millionth user signing up to the social networking site to share photos, status updates, and hopefully not make a pig’s ear of the new super-simple privacy settings.

Facebook started back in 2004, so it’s taken the site six years to get here. To celebrate, the social network has produced an app called Facebook Stories, which allows users to share and view inspirational tales of Facebook usage, and see the impact the site has had on people’s lives.

For example, there’s the story of Ben Saylor, a 17-year-old high school student who used Facebook to organise a community effort to rebuild the oldest outdoor theatre in Kentucky, after it was damaged by floods.

Facebook has also put together a big photo album of employees saying a personal thank you to its user base, holding up little scribbled “thanks” messages.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the site was “almost guaranteed” to reach a billion users, according to the BBC News. Definitely. Maybe.


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