Facebook Reaches 1 Billion Users

October 5th, 2012 at 7:12 am

Facebook has reached another milestone as the social networking site has one billion users on its arsenal. The website that allowed people to poke friends, tag them in photographs, and talk endlessly about cats and what their children are doing took more than two years after hitting the 500 million mark to achieve this feat.

That makes Facebook reaching to nearly half of the world’s 2.5 billion Internet users, as estimated by the International Telecommunications Union.

The profile of an average Facebook user this year would be a 22-year-old living outside of United States or Canada (most probably in Brazil, India, or Indonesia) and logs in using a mobile device. It is also interesting to note that as many as 87 million accounts are fake, up from 83 million back in August 2012.

“If you’re reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. “Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thin I am most proud of in my life.”

Despite this glowing achievement, Zuckerberg admitted that the company is going through tough times. “We’re in a tough cycle now and that doesn’t help morale, but people are focused on what they’re building,” he told Matt Lauer in an interview on the Today show.

You probably remember how the company’s stock never recovered after a botched initial public offering back in May, to the point its value was slashed in half.

Source: Associated Press, via USA Today


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