Facebook Reaches 1 Billion Users in One Day

One billion users in a single day -- that's the milestone reached by Facebook on Monday, according to founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured). That means one out of every seven people on Earth was checking Facebook at some point in a 24-hour period to share kitten videos, Segway memes, back-to-school photos, snark, feel-good inspiration posters, news photos, memories and political opinions.

"This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it's just the beginning of connecting the whole world," Zuckerberg noted yesterday in an update on his own Facebook page. "I'm so proud of our community for the progress we've made."

For comparison's sake, the world's population -- which now stands at over 7.36 billion billion -- didn't reach the one-billion-person mark until around 1804, and the number of Web sites on the Internet first hit one billion in September. Google, on the other hand, has been processing billions of requests per day for years now, currently handling more than 3.5 billion searches per day, according to Internet Live Stats.

Zuck's Goal: Connecting 'Everybody'

"Dustin [Moskovitz] always used to say that this day would come, and that it would happen sooner than anyone thought," Chris Cox, Facebook's chief product officer, said yesterday in a blog post. "I will confess that I thought he was crazy at the time, or at least that his imagination was bigger than mine." Moskovitz co-founded Facebook in 2004 along with Zuckerberg and fellow Harvard classmates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum and Chris Hughes.

Facebook first reported one billion monthly active users in October 2012, and as of June 30 that mark stood at 1.49 billion monthly active users. While its user growth has slowed in the U.S. and other Western markets, it continues to see strong growth in Asia and elsewhere.

The company has also continued to...

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