Oct 04

Facebook hits 1 billion monthly active users

Wow, that’s a lot.  Mr Zuckerburg gave a little Facebook newsroom briefing to update us all on the milestone.  September 14th at 12:45pm Pacific time, Facebook officially reached 1 billion active monthly users.

So when did you join Facebook?  Were you an ‘early adopter’ or a ‘late starter’?  Did you resist the tempatation, like many of my friends thinking it was just a fad, or were you in there with both feet.  Interestingly I found being an expat from New Zealand, that there was a definite country shift in people using Facebook.  It took several years for New Zealand to use Facebook en masse where it would seem the majority of my friends over there still used Bebo and other smaller social networks.  But then they too all discovered Facebook and the country specific swarm of ‘friend requests’ began.

Mark Zuckerberg also kindly also provided a little factsheet with some great statistics that are worth sharing.

Since Facebook’s launch:

  • Over 1.13 trillion likes (since February 2009)
  • 140.3 billion friend connections
  • 219 billion photo uploads (total number of photos on the site and excludes deleted photos – ability to upload photos came in 2005)
  • 17 billion location-tagged posts including check-ins (launched August 2010)
  • 62.6 million songs have been played 22 billion times

The timeline for growth is as follows:

  • September 2012 = 1 billion monthly active users
  • July 2010 = 500 million monthly active users
  • August 2008 = 100m monthly active users
  • October 2007 = 50 million monthly active users
  • January 2006 = 25 million monthly active users
  • February 2004 = Facebook launched from a Harvard dormroom

I wonder what will be the next big thing?  Will Facebook survive the growing need for new, more interactive social networking?  Will the ever whispering question about privacy and ‘ownership’ of online information on Facebook be addressed?  Mr Zuckerberg was in Russia only during the last week, was this an attempt to win over the Russian social networking circles?

What do you think?