Online social networking giant Facebook has passed 1 billion “active” users, the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed early Thursday. The milestone was reached on September 14 at approximately 12:45 PM PDT.
From Mr. Zuckerberg’s note:
This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month.
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.
I am committed to working every day to make Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able to connect the rest of the world too.
Facebook’s announcement does not come as a surprise. Those actively monitoring the social network have predicted for months that the service would hit 1 billion users by this fall. Facebook proved it was on the anticipated growth track by announcing its 750 millionth user in July 2011.
With its 1 billion active users, Facebook is the world’s largest social network. Despite the poor performance of its stock following the company’s IPO in May, the company anticipates steady growth for the foreseeable future.
Much of this growth will come from mobile and integrated platforms. As a result of Facebook’s push into mobile, 600 million of its 1 billion users now access the service via a mobile device.
Apple has recently taken steps to offer users a mobile Facebook experience. In the last year, the Cupertino company has integrated Facebook functionality into both its mobile iOS and desktop OS X operating systems.
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