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Facebook: One billion served

Gus G. Sentementes

11:36 AM EDT, October 4, 2012

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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced this morning that the massive social networking site had reached an awesome milestone: One billion active monthly users.

"Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life," Zuckerberg said.

This is a spot of good news for Facebook, which has been increasingly under scrutiny by Wall Street over how it's gonna turn all these users into profits. The company keeps talking about its potential in mobile, for one, which could be bigger than its future on the desktop Web. There are a lot of people around the world who will probably have some version of a smartphone with Facebook on it before they ever get a laptop or a desktop PC.

For more from Zuck, check out Bloomberg Businessweek's Q&A with him on the billion milestone.

Below, I copied and pasted a fact sheet that Facebook provided on its growing user base. Note another huge number: Facebook has 600 million mobile users.

 

One billion – key metrics

Facebook reached 1 billion monthly active users on September 14 at 12.45 PM Pacific time.

 

Since Facebook launched, we’ve seen:

 

Characteristics of users joining the week Facebook hit 1B  

Characteristics of users joining the week Facebook hit 500M users (July 2010)  

Characteristics of users joining the week we hit 100M (August 2008)  

Characteristics of users joining the week Facebook hit 50M users (October 2007)  

Characteristics of users joining the week Facebook hit 25M users (January 2006)