Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today on his Facebook page that the social network has reached 1 billion active users:
The milestone is the biggest of several for the social network: At the end of June, Facebook hit 955 million monthly active users. In today's announcement, it also revealed that it has reached 600 million mobile users.
Below are some other statistics:
- Users have clicked the Facebook Like button more than 1.13 trillion times since the feature launched in February 2009
- Facebook users have connected with 140.3 billion friends
- Facebook members have uploaded 219 billion photos (excluding deleted photos)
- 17 billion locations have been tagged in posts (including check-ins)
- Facebook users have played 62.6 million songs 22 billion times
Zuckerberg followed the announcement with a personal post reflecting on how quickly Facebook has grown and its place in history:
Celebrating a billion people is very special to me. It's a moment to honor the people we serve.
For the first time in our history, we've made a brand video to express what our place is on this earth.
We believe that the need to open up and connect is what makes us human. It's what brings us together. It's what brings meaning to our lives. Facebook isn't the first thing people have made to help us connect. We belong to a rich tradition of people making things that bring us together. Today, we honor this tradition.
We honor the humanity of the people we serve. We honor the everyday things people have always made to bring us together: Chairs, doorbells, airplanes, bridges, games. These are all things that connect us. And now Facebook is a part of this tradition of things that connect us too.
I hope you enjoy this video as much as we do. Thanks for helping connect a billion people.
Here's a look at the video Facebook produced to commemorate the milestone:
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