Facebook on July 21 reached 500 million users, celebrating the feat with its Facebook Stories application. The milestone comes in the face of a lawsuit from Paul Ceglia, who claims 84 percent ownership of the company.
Facebook on July 21 reached 500 million users and
commemorated the milestone by launching an application that lets users
share stories about how Facebook has impacted their lives.
As reported earlier by eWEEK
, Facebook Stories
lets users read how people leveraged the social
networking Website to do anything from find long-lost friends or start
For example, high-school student Ben Saylor used Facebook
to forge an effort to rebuild the Pioneer Playhouse after the oldest outdoor
theater in Kentucky was damaged by floods.
Users can view stories by location and by theme, which
includes recent stories, as well as those from celebrities, family, college and
education. Users can also "like" and share these posts.
"Our mission at Facebook is to help make the world
more open and connected. Stories like these are examples of that mission and
are both humbling and inspiring," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
in a statement, which includes a video of him thanking the Websites' 500
"I could have never imagined all of the ways people
would use Facebook when we were getting started six years ago," he said.
Reaching the 500-million-user mark stirred ABC News to do
an exclusive interview with Zuckerberg.
Star interviewer Diane Sawyer grilled
the famous CEO about the Website's meteoric rise; "The
" feature film about the company's supposed beginnings from
a Harvard dorm; and the latest lawsuit to challenge his ownership of the company.
In that lawsuit, the second major overture to challenge
Zuckerberg as majority owner of the private company, Web developer Paul Ceglia
claimed the CEO signed a contract that entitles him to 84 percent ownership of
the company. Zuckerberg said
he didn't sign any such contract.
a spicier appearance Wednesday night at the Computer History Museum in
Mountain View, Calif., to celebrate the release of David Kirkpatrick's book "The
Belying Facebook's climb to 500 million users is the latest
ASCI customer satisfaction report, which found the Website scored only 64 out of 100 on the user satisfaction scale.
That's lower than tax filing services and makes people
about as happy as with airline and cable TV services.