Facebook Hits the 1 Billion Active Users Mark

Sam Ovenden

Over the years Gravytrain has kept a keen eye on Facebook as it has morphed from a privately-owned social media network to a publicly listed company which constantly implements new technology to provide shareholders considerable returns.

Image of Mark Zuckerberg

Even though the social media giant has had a couple of blips over the years, there is no denying that it is one of the most successful businesses on the planet.  This claim is backed up by the fact that on Monday 24th August 2015 Facebook announced that for the first time ever the site had 1billion active users (to put that into context, that’s more than the entire population of the UK which is a paltry 64.9million).

In fact, let’s put this further into context.  On Monday 24th August 2015 there were 3.1billion active internet users – that means a third of everyone online across the world logged into Facebook at one time.

Not being one to shy away from attention, Facebook CEO’s Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Monday:

“We just passed an important milestone. For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day.

On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family.

When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world.

I’m so proud of our community for the progress we’ve made. Our community stands for giving every person a voice, for promoting understanding and for including everyone in the opportunities of our modern world.

A more open and connected world is a better world. It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values.

Thank you for being part of our community and for everything you’ve done to help us reach this milestone. I’m looking forward to seeing what we accomplish together.”

As of today (1st September 2015), Zuckerberg’s post has been liked 209,953 times and has 16,907 shares and 10,116 comments.  If this shows us anything, it’s that Facebook is becoming even bigger across the globe and nothing, not even a bad day on the stock market, is going to stop it.

Photo by Brian Solis / CC BY 2.0