More than 1 billion people logged on to Facebook, marking the first time the social media giant had surpassed 1 billion users in a single day, according to a post on founder Mark Zuckerberg’s profile page. Monday’s milestone was mostly symbolic for Facebook, which boasts nearly 1.5 billion users who log in at least once a month. But CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who founded the network in his Harvard University dorm room 11 years ago, reflected on the occasion with a post.
"On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family," he wrote. "When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it's just the beginning of connecting the whole world."
The CEO went to say how proud he was of their community and the progress which has been made. He states, “A more open and connected world is a better world. It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values.”
Most of the billion people who logged in on Monday were outside the U.S. and Canada. Of Facebook's overall users, more than 83 percent come from other countries. This is also where Facebook's next billions of users will likely come from as it grows.
The average user spends around 46 minutes a day on Facebook’s apps, excluding its Whatsapp messaging service, helping to drive its popularity to an all time high.
The company, which is worth nearly £170 billion ($264 billion), has also seen a marked growth in user numbers.
..... Devashree Goenka