Facebook Retains Relevancy, Attracts One Billion Active Users In One Day

A million users isn't cool. You know what's cool? A billion users...in a single day! That's the milestone Mark Zuckerberg's social network passed for the first time ever on Monday, and not that it needs put into perspective, but that works out to one in seven people on this planet we call Earth using Facebook.

Zuckerberg made the announcement on his personal Facebook page, though he didn't provide fine grain details such as how many of those visits were from fake profiles. Fake or incorrectly created profiles (personal profiles that should have been created as Pages) have been a nuisance for the world's largest social network.


"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," Zuckerberg said. "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."

Facebook was founded 11 years ago. At the beginning, membership was limited to Harvard College students, though it later expanded to include other colleges in the Boston area before finally exploding into a social network for the general public. It's now home to 1.18 billion monthly active users and has a market capitalization of $253.7 billion.