Date
25 September 2017
One in every seven people on the planet was on Facebook at one time or another on Monday. Photo: Internet
One in every seven people on the planet was on Facebook at one time or another on Monday. Photo: Internet

Monster Monday: Facebook hits 1 bln users in a single day

What do you know!

Facebook is big, really big.

On Monday, it celebrated a milestone — one billion users in a single day. That’s one in every seven people on the planet.

Founder Mark Zuckerberg fittingly trumpeted the achievement, saying Facebook is “just beginning to connect the whole world”.

Founded in 2004 from a Harvard dorm room, the social networking site once was only available to college students but has grown its users over the last decade, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Since its debut, the company has rolled out a like button, created a news feed, launched a standalone messaging app, redesigned its logo and more.

On Thursday it launched its own voice assistant in the style of Apple Inc.s’ Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.  

In 2012, the social network hit more than one billion users.

“A more open and connected world is a better world,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post quoted by news website The Verge.

“It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values.” 

It’s an impressive feat for the company’s growth team which has continually found ways to attract new users despite essentially saturating the market in its home base of the US.

Efforts like Internet.org, which will deliver basic internet services to developing countries using solar-powered planes, position the company to grow its reach even further.

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