Facebook hits 1 billion users

The magic userbase total finally rolls around...
Darren Allan

October 5, 2012

Facebook has announced that it now has a billion users worldwide.

We knew this milestone was coming, although earlier this year, we’d thought that the social network would reach it late in the summer. In actual fact, it hit the magic number on September 14th (though the stats have only just been tallied).

And obviously this is a pretty mammoth achievement, even when stacked against some of the things which haven’t been going right for Facebook lately – such as its sliding stock price, worries over future monetisation, and doubts over the social network’s ability to carve out a concrete position in the mobile arena.

Still, Mark Zuckerberg is obviously in the mood for celebrating. He declared: “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 honour of serving you.”

“Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life.”

Facebook also released a bunch of statistics alongside the announcement. For example, the social network has seen 1.13 trillion likes since the launch of liking in February 2009 – and some 220 billion photos have been uploaded.

Facebook now sees 600 million mobile users, and the median age of a Facebooker is 22.


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