Facebook reached another milestone in its successful journey of social networking and communication. Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook welcomed the ‘amazing and humbling’ milestone, which has arrived in a year after the social network’s debut at the stock market.
Facebook users reaching one billion suggest that one in seven of the world’s population is present on the social networking web site. Mark Zuckerberg created the social networking site in 2004 with the sole purpose to increase the connectivity among people around the world.
After the news of Facebook reaching a monthly user base of over a billion surfaced, Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page, “If you’re reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you. Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life.”
81 per cent of Facebook users live outside of the US and Canada. Many of them access the web site through their mobile devices rather than personal computers. The company now has 600 million mobile users, as the numbers keep growing with mostly young people joining the web site. Most of them are from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.
Facebook has hit a rough patch since the release of its IPO on the stock market. The company’s stock has not recovered since its debut on the financial index. Facebook is the second company to clock 1 billion users after Google, though it took Google 13 years to reach the one billion mark when compared to Facebook’s 8 years.