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Facebook Now has One Billion Active Users

Samyak Lalit | October 5, 2012 (Last update: September 23, 2017)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

Mark Zukerberg announced, on 4 October 2012, that Facebook has officially breached the one billion active users mark. The social network had reached this staggering number on 14 September 2012 at 12:45 pm Pacific time. In July 2012, Facebook had 955 million active users.

Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook topping one billion users mark.

Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook topping one billion users mark.

Facebook was launched in February 2004 and it took four years to reach 100 million active users mark. But after 2008, Facebook became a household name and then there was no stopping for the website. As we can see, in four years, after 2008, Facebook went on to gather 900 million new users.

The world’s largest social network, however, has been struggling on stock market fronts. In May this year, the company had entered the stock market by bringing an IPO. Although, initially the IPO was well received and it created a lot of buzz. But soon after ringing of bell –Facebook shares took a nosedive.

Arrival of Google+ perhaps is the reason why Facebook took a bit longer than expected to reach one billion mark from 955 million in July 2012. Getting 45 million new users is a massive task but for Facebook it was expected to be a cakewalk.

Share market situation and challenge of Google+ notwithstanding, Facebook remains the largest and most popular social network in the world. And by the looks of it the rivals will have to work extra hard if they want to come even close to the Facebook success story. Today, one in every seven people on planet Earth is hooked onto Facebook and it has presence in 200 countries.

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