It's been inevitable, but Facebook now serves one billion people each month. Mark Zuckerberg himself announced the milestone. The latest official figures were about 950 million active users, so one billion isn't surprising.
Still, it's a huge number especially when considering that Facebook, unlike some other websites, is reporting the number of people that actually use the product rather than how many people have signed up for it or some other useless stat like that.
Granted, some of the accounts using Facebook are duplicates and some are fake, so the actual number of people using the site each month may be smaller.
Then again, it does look like Facebook takes this into account, the company has an estimate of how many accounts are fake, so there may actually be one billion people using Facebook.
"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," Zuckerberg wrote
in a note.
"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," he said.
For comparison, Google+ has just passed the 100 million active users
mark and this was the first time Google provided active user numbers as well as said how many people actually visited the site, rather than see notifications from Google+ on other Google sites.
Facebook didn't disclose the daily active users number, but it was at around 550 million only a few months ago, so it could have passed 600 million or it is very close to it at this point.