Facebook now has over 1 BILLION users

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zuckerberg-small-faces.jpgFacebook have hit another staggering milestone, announcing that their social network now serves over 1 BILLION users every month.

“This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month,” announced founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook page.

“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.”

Along with the news, Facebook have thrown together a few interesting figures about usage on the site. Since its launch, Facebook has seen:

– 1.13 trillion Likes
– 140.3 billion friend connections
– 219 billion photos shared
– 17 billion check-ins
– 62.6 million songs played 22 billion times (roughly) 210,000 years of music
– 2.45 billion content items and 2.7 billion Likes shared every day
– More than 300 million photos uploaded daily

What’s perhaps even more remarkable is Facebook’s mobile reach. 600 million people use Facebook from a mobile device at least once a month, accessed from more than 7,000 different types of mobile device. In other words, almost twice the population of the United States carry Facebook around in their pockets.

The numbers are frankly mind-boggling, and surely would have staggered even Zuckerberg himself in Facebook’s formative years.

With so many people now using Facebook, getting noticed on news feeds is getting tougher than ever. For those who simply must be the centre of the social universe, Facebook are rolling out an update that will allow users to promote personal posts for a monetary fee.

Gerald Lynch

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