You’ve come a long way, Facebook, and if anyone doubts it they only need to look at the day the social media giant had on Monday, August 24. On that date, for the first time, an astonishing one billion people, from all over the planet, used Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg, the corporation’s CEO and its principal founder, noted on his own Facebook page that it means about 1 in every 7 humans logged on to Facebook in a single day. It’s been approaching that figure for some time and they’d been anticipating it happening because the overall number of users has climbed so high.
There are 1.5 billion Facebook users who log on at least once per month and in June the average daily amount of users was 968 million. It hit one billion users back in October of 2012.
“I’m so proud of our community for the progress we’ve made,” the 31-year-old Zuckerberg wrote. “Our community stands for giving every person a voice, for promoting understanding and for including everyone in the opportunities of our modern world.”
Zuckerberg and college friends and roomates Chris Hughes, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum and Dustin Moskovitz began Facebook at Harvard in 2004 and did not anticipate it would grow much beyond university students. All are extremely rich now, with leader Zuckerberg, who owns 28 percent of the company, by far the richest.
Forbes ranks him as the 10th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $39.4 billion.