Facebook announces over 1 billion of us served... monthly

Facebook announces over 1 billion served... daily

Mark Zuckerberg took to his very own college-grown platform this morning to announce a mind-dwarfing milestone -- over 1 billion people now actively use Facebook every 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.

For those keeping score, that's 1/7 of the world's human population. That's us, our mothers, fathers, and grandparents, our children and grandchildren, our friends and lovers and neighbors and classmates and colleagues past, present, and future, and those annoying jerks who keep adding us to groups and inviting all to events. It's unprecedented.

Facebook hasn't achieved this staggering user base without controversy or conflict, without serious privacy concerns and savvy market moves. They haven't achieved it by being altruistic or sacrificing their for-profit, corporate nature for some higher social purpose. But they've achieved it.

For many people, Facebook is the web, and increasingly, Facebook is mobile. It's where we upload our photos. It's how we send our messages. It's how we plan our events. It's how we game. It's how we shield ourselves from relatives and acquaintances who might otherwise actually think about picking up the phone and asking us how we're doing.

Some of us have killed our accounts. Some of us have gone back. Some have rinsed and repeated that cycle several times. Some of us have found love or civic voice or long lost family. Some of us have been caught playing PayolaVille while in class, or at work, or while covering a major event on television. Some of us have like-minded individuals for chat and comfort and hope, or wrong-minded individuals to rally against. Some of us have tapped on profile pics only to discover, repeatedly, that people look hotter at really small pixel sizes.

But above all, indisputably, it's THE social network.

So cheers on the first billion, Facebook. Try not to spend us all in the same place.

Source: Facebook

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Rene Ritchie

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Facebook announces over 1 billion of us served... monthly


I'd like to know Zuckerberg's definition of actively use and what percentage are actually posting as opposed to just having an account.

The metric the story cites is "using Facebook actively each month." I believe I've seen that defined elsewhere as logging in at least once a month.

And how many accounts are either fake or dummy accounts. As well has how many users have multiple accounts. I think the # FB is using are the "total # of accounts ever created" including the closed accounts. With FB, their accounts are never really closed or deleted.

It's garbage. Here are a few reasons ...

1) Facebook is a large walled garden that allows users in but never, ever let’s them out
2) Facebook is based upon a flawed business model
3) Facebook ads are highly overrated
4) Facebook is spam (& a virus)
5) Facebook is about data hogging, not about user value

I created a FB account about three years ago to secure my name; I didn't enable FB in iOS6 though.

I log in regularly to make sure FB has not added new features that I have to lock down; I didn't realize that that would make me a regular user.

I don't really trust either FB or Google.