Mark Zuckerberg announced today that Facebook now has over 1 billion active users. An impressive feat considering it was only eight years ago when he launched the social networking site in his Harvard dorm room. By far the largest site of it’s kind, Facebook reached 500 million active users in July of 2010 making it one of the fastest growing sites in history.
In a public statement, the very happy CEO said: “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 company also has more than 600 million mobile users which is up by 48 million from 552 million in June. According to Facebook, people have made 140 billion friend connections, there have been 1.13 trillion Likes, 140.3 billion friend connections, 219 billion photos uploaded and 17 billion location check-ins.
It will be interesting to see the networks growth in the coming years as the internet becomes more available in developing countries and as both the old and the young embrace the now inescapable power of the “Add Friend” button.