Facebook just announced that they’ve reached the 1 billion user mark and a personal thanks from Mark Zuckerberg, the announcement is a breath of fresh air from their disappointing IPO. Full announcement after the break.
One Billion People on Facebook
October 04, 2012
By Mark Zuckerberg
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.
Together with their announcement, Facebook also shared a number of metrics since it’s launched last February 2004; more than 1.13 trillion likes since launch in February 2009, 140.3 billion friend connections, 219 billion photos uploaded, 17 billion location-tagged posts, including check-ins, 62.6 million songs have been played 22 billion times. These data may even be higher today, since the data where pulled last month.
The median age of the user at that time was about 23 and one metric that stands out is the number of mobile users which is at 600 million users or more than half of Facebook users, which analysts are saying will continue to rise next year. Not bad for a 9-year old company that’s going through some post-IPO blues and was founded in a Harvard dorm room.
The challenge now for facebook is how they can generate more revenue from these 1 billion users, specially the growing 600 million mobile users.
Last modified: October 4, 2012