Facebook has announced that over 1 billion users worldwide are using the service. CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered the news appropriately enough through a posting on the social network. The company reached 1 billion monthly active users on Sept. 14. Originally launched in 2004 as a way for college students to communicate, Facebook now has 600 million mobile users, many of these using an iOS device.
Other facts include:
Over 1.13 trillion likes since launch in February 2009
140.3 billion friend connections
219 billion photos uploaded
17 billion location-tagged posts, including check-ins
62.6 million songs have been played 22 billion times – that’s about 210,000 years of music
The question now is, as the social media giant begins to mature and can no longer be considered a flavour of the month, what will it’s strategy be for the next few years? As the number continues to grow the question that I ask myself is, do people really care about Facebook anymore?
I know several friends of mine who have abandoned the social network for pastures new [Myspace] I think the only people who really care about Facebook are the people still on Facebook. The numbers will continue to grow as the number of growing tweenies begin to migrate to the site as they get older or bored of other sites. Do I care? Well for now, I am still on Facebook, so I suppose that’s yes!