Facebook Passes 1 Billion Active Users
The company revealed a slew of information about its user base as it celebrated a major milestone—passing a billion active users worldwide.Plagued with bad news in the spring and summer, Facebook has a number to be proud of—and what a number. Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced through the site that there are now more than 1 billion people using Facebook actively each month. Facebook reached that milestone Sept. 14 at 12:45 p.m. PT, according to an information sheet Zuckerberg posted online. Along with the user data, Facebook—dogged in recent months by a disastrous initial public offering, falling stock prices, a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and allegations that the site is stuffed with fake accounts—let loose with a barrage of key metrics illustrating the enormity of the company’s reach. The median age of Facebook users is 22, with 600 million of its users logging in through mobile devices. Zuckerberg has recently admitted that the future of the company will be directly tied into its mobile audience and is working on improving the mobile user experience. Since the site launched, there have been 219 billion photos uploaded (excluding currently deleted photos), and 17 billion location-tagged posts, including check-ins, since the feature was launched in August 2010.
Since the launch of music listening applications in September 2011, 62.6 million songs have been played 22 billion times, the approximate equivalent of 210,000 years of music. More than 1.13 trillion “likes” have been clicked since the feature was launched in February 2009. The top five countries where people connected from at the time Facebook passed the 1 billion-user mark include Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.