Facebook Reaches One Billion Active Users

Facebook Reaches One Billion Active Users

Facebook has more active users visiting in a single month than most countries have in their populations.

Not too long ago, the world's population reached approximately seven billion people. This is a enormous number, but one that experts were predicting for quite some time. Facebook's growth, on the other hand, has unexpectedly grown by leaps and bounds ever since the social network first launched in 2004. Now Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook hosts a staggering one billion active users, meaning that roughly 1 out of every 7 people on Earth use Facebook.

"This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month," Zuckerberg announced on his Facebook timeline. "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."

Facebook is celebrating with the release of the above video, which compares its service to common technological fixtures like chairs, doorbells, or airplanes. The concept may seem a bit silly at first, but considering how widely available Facebook has become on computers, cell phones, tablets, and even videogame consoles, the company might have a point.

What's really fascinating to me is that the one billion figure isn't of the total number of Facebook profiles. One billion is the number of unique individuals who logged into Facebook in the past month, which should filter out most deceased users, fake profiles, and timelines created for your pets. Now compare that to Twitter, which suffers similar troubles with joke profiles but still serves approximately 100 million users a month. I suspect we've reached the point that bored office workers simply aren't enough to explain away Facebook's popularity anymore.

Source: Mark Zuckerberg, via Eurogamer

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That's both scary and impressive. If we're not careful privacy will no longer exist.

Wow, impressive.
Understandably so too. It's helpful.

Well can't say I'm shocked. Facebook is huuuuuuge. Still pretty damn impressive.

So, if you correct for multiple and fake accounts, that's like 200 million?

Now if only they had all bought stock :(

Fappy:
That's both scary and impressive. If we're not careful privacy will no longer exist.

Eeeeh.

So far I've managed to keep my porn preferences to myself, so I have a little privacy there. I don't see Facebook going balls deep on the porn integration thing in the near future.

SmashLovesTitanQuest:

Fappy:
That's both scary and impressive. If we're not careful privacy will no longer exist.

Eeeeh.

So far I've managed to keep my porn preferences to myself, so I have a little privacy there. I don't see Facebook going balls deep on the porn integration thing in the near future.

There's no better way you could have phrased that Smash XD

So is it Captcha or FaceBook who's the real life Skynet?

I feel like that number is a bit misleading. I'm sure many people have alternate accounts. I personally have two accounts at the moment. So the number will probably be a lot less than 1 billion different people on facebook.

Still that's a BIG number...

Fappy:

SmashLovesTitanQuest:

Fappy:
That's both scary and impressive. If we're not careful privacy will no longer exist.

Eeeeh.

So far I've managed to keep my porn preferences to myself, so I have a little privacy there. I don't see Facebook going balls deep on the porn integration thing in the near future.

There's no better way you could have phrased that Smash XD

Wait.

Holy shit.

You changed your avatar. Damn. I'm gonna miss the black cat :(

SmashLovesTitanQuest:

Fappy:

SmashLovesTitanQuest:

Eeeeh.

So far I've managed to keep my porn preferences to myself, so I have a little privacy there. I don't see Facebook going balls deep on the porn integration thing in the near future.

There's no better way you could have phrased that Smash XD

Wait.

Holy shit.

You changed your avatar. Damn. I'm gonna miss the black cat :(

He's still in my profile if you ever feel the need to see him XD

lotr rocks 0:
I feel like that number is a bit misleading. I'm sure many people have alternate accounts. I personally have two accounts at the moment. So the number will probably be a lot less than 1 billion different people on facebook.

Still that's a BIG number...

Actually the amount of facebook accounts is much higher than 1 billion since only accounts that were accessed in september were counted since the 1 billion is for "active". Also in september Facebook closed millions of accounts (Zynga lost 20% of it's "users") for being spam.

Not surprising, considering everyone, their pets (that was an actual thing) and their newborn children have accounts.

I barely ever update mine at all, I do chat to friends on it though, for games? pff.

So M.Z. now has a billion suckers feeding their and their friends' and families' information into his data mining operation to sell to the advertisers and marketers of the world. And he doesn't have to share any money at all with them, because "Facebook is free".

Sigh. My species has SO far to go before it reaches intelligence :(

hazabaza1:
Wow, impressive.
Understandably so too. It's helpful.

Wait what's going on?! You...you.. Fappy imposter??!

antipunt:

hazabaza1:
Wow, impressive.
Understandably so too. It's helpful.

Wait what's going on?! You...you.. Fappy imposter??!

That's about to change reaaaaaaaaal soon...

Fappy:
That's both scary and impressive. If we're not careful privacy will no longer exist.

Have a good solution, don't join social networks. Honestly the only use I see for them is staying in touch with people that I don't see on a regular basis. getting off track, but yeah privacy on stuff like social networks can only get violated on the amount of info you feed them, if you feed them basic things like name, and thats it, you shouldn't have too much of a problem. I remember reading once that there are 3 three identifiers which give enough information on a person. Their name, birthday, and zip code.

Well looks like its true, everybody and your mother really do use Facebook. Better stop posting all those nude pics of you and your girlfriend/boyfriend on it or those pics of you drinking and doing something stupid at a party... or whatever other embarrassing pictures you've been posting.

Kumagawa Misogi:

lotr rocks 0:
I feel like that number is a bit misleading. I'm sure many people have alternate accounts. I personally have two accounts at the moment. So the number will probably be a lot less than 1 billion different people on facebook.

Still that's a BIG number...

Actually the amount of facebook accounts is much higher than 1 billion since only accounts that were accessed in september were counted since the 1 billion is for "active". Also in september Facebook closed millions of accounts (Zynga lost 20% of it's "users") for being spam.

I realised that when I said that. Even still, I have two active accounts that would have counted towards that total, and I'm sure many other people probably do also. So I'm highly skeptical that 1 billion unique people use facebook regularly.

w00tage:
So M.Z. now has a billion suckers feeding their and their friends' and families' information into his data mining operation to sell to the advertisers and marketers of the world. And he doesn't have to share any money at all with them, because "Facebook is free".

Sigh. My species has SO far to go before it reaches intelligence :(

Facebook is offering a service. A free, working service that is readily available, relatively easily moddable and accessible nearly everywhere in the world. And you're bitching because the creator makes money from it?

I guess you never understood the basics of business or economics.

This week i had a conversation with a fellow student. I told her that my hobby is internet and she immediately asked for my facebook profile. as i said i have no facebook profile she looked confused and asked "is there something more to internet than facebook?". and this is a person working on masters degree. So looks like we cant just claim only the stupid people sue facebok anymore :(

When they say "Active account", does the one I made purely to get free gold for Tribes Ascend count?

lotr rocks 0:
I feel like that number is a bit misleading. I'm sure many people have alternate accounts. I personally have two accounts at the moment. So the number will probably be a lot less than 1 billion different people on facebook.

Still that's a BIG number...

A Billion, maybe, lets see how it stacks up: 1,000,000,000 = billion

The distance from pluto to the earth is on average 3,718,232,290 Miles away

Our Sun is about 4,600,000,000 years old

The Tape storage alone at the library of congress has 4,832,000,000 megabytes of data

An barrel of oil contains 6,100,000,000 Joules of energy

The universe is 13,600,000,000 years old

The worlds biomass of krill is on average 248,000,000,000 kg

There is an estimated 200,000,000,000 to 400,000,000,000 stars in the milky way

The Internet has an estimated 5,000,000,000,000 megabytes of data

A light year is 5,865,696,000,000 Miles long

The nearest star is 17,597,088,000,000 Miles Away

You have around 46 - 68 Trillion cells in your body

Still I understand what you were saying, 1 Billion people; 1/7 of the worlds population. Thats crazy.

jamesbrown:

lotr rocks 0:
I feel like that number is a bit misleading. I'm sure many people have alternate accounts. I personally have two accounts at the moment. So the number will probably be a lot less than 1 billion different people on facebook.

Still that's a BIG number...

A Billion, maybe, lets see how it stacks up: 1,000,000,000 = billion

The distance from pluto to the earth is on average 3,718,232,290 Miles away

Our Sun is about 4,600,000,000 years old

The Tape storage alone at the library of congress has 4,832,000,000 megabytes of data

An barrel of oil contains 6,100,000,000 Joules of energy

The universe is 13,600,000,000 years old

The worlds biomass of krill is on average 248,000,000,000 kg

There is an estimated 200,000,000,000 to 400,000,000,000 stars in the milky way

The Internet has an estimated 5,000,000,000,000 megabytes of data

A light year is 5,865,696,000,000 Miles long

The nearest star is 17,597,088,000,000 Miles Away

You have around 46 - 68 Trillion cells in your body

Still I understand what you were saying, 1 Billion people; 1/7 of the worlds population. Thats crazy.

I'm not quite sure what the point of your post was but I am slightly amused nonetheless

jamesbrown:

lotr rocks 0:
I feel like that number is a bit misleading. I'm sure many people have alternate accounts. I personally have two accounts at the moment. So the number will probably be a lot less than 1 billion different people on facebook.

Still that's a BIG number...

A Billion, maybe, lets see how it stacks up: 1,000,000,000 = billion

The distance from pluto to the earth is on average 3,718,232,290 Miles away

Our Sun is about 4,600,000,000 years old

The Tape storage alone at the library of congress has 4,832,000,000 megabytes of data

An barrel of oil contains 6,100,000,000 Joules of energy

The universe is 13,600,000,000 years old

The worlds biomass of krill is on average 248,000,000,000 kg

There is an estimated 200,000,000,000 to 400,000,000,000 stars in the milky way

The Internet has an estimated 5,000,000,000,000 megabytes of data

A light year is 5,865,696,000,000 Miles long

The nearest star is 17,597,088,000,000 Miles Away

You have around 46 - 68 Trillion cells in your body

Still I understand what you were saying, 1 Billion people; 1/7 of the worlds population. Thats crazy.

I wonder how they were able to calculate the krill, exactly...

Do you think this has anything to do with the statements made saying anyone who does not have a facebook account should be branded a psychopath and potential terrorist?

CyanideSandwich:

jamesbrown:

lotr rocks 0:
I feel like that number is a bit misleading. I'm sure many people have alternate accounts. I personally have two accounts at the moment. So the number will probably be a lot less than 1 billion different people on facebook.

Still that's a BIG number...

A Billion, maybe, lets see how it stacks up: 1,000,000,000 = billion

The distance from pluto to the earth is on average 3,718,232,290 Miles away

Our Sun is about 4,600,000,000 years old

The Tape storage alone at the library of congress has 4,832,000,000 megabytes of data

An barrel of oil contains 6,100,000,000 Joules of energy

The universe is 13,600,000,000 years old

The worlds biomass of krill is on average 248,000,000,000 kg

There is an estimated 200,000,000,000 to 400,000,000,000 stars in the milky way

The Internet has an estimated 5,000,000,000,000 megabytes of data

A light year is 5,865,696,000,000 Miles long

The nearest star is 17,597,088,000,000 Miles Away

You have around 46 - 68 Trillion cells in your body

Still I understand what you were saying, 1 Billion people; 1/7 of the worlds population. Thats crazy.

I wonder how they were able to calculate the krill, exactly...

http://www.iced.ac.uk/documents/Atkinson%20et%20al,%20Deep%20Sea%20Research%20I,%202009.pdf <---- This is the study that statistic is based off of

 

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