Facebook hits 1bn users- top regional audiences revealed


Facebook has surpassed 1 billion users for the first time, as the newly-listed social networking giant looks to expand its global reach and ad revenues. The passing of the milestone was announced by founder Mark Zuckerberg on US television on Thursday. The company said that those billion users were to date responsible for 1.13 trillion "likes", 219 billion photos and 17 billion location check-ins.

To celebrate passing the 1bn mark, Facebook created this ad:

Facebook's reach across the continents has been charted by SocialBakers below:


In a status update on his own Facebook profile Zuckerberg wrote: "If you're reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you. Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life."

Statistics released to coincide with the announcement revealed there were now 600 million users accessing the site via a mobile device - up 48 million from 552 million in June this year.

Since its launch in 2004 at Harvard University, Facebook users have befriended each other 140.3 billion times.

However, this year has seen the social network face tough criticism, as it struggles to maintain its value - the company has seen its share price drop to about $22 (£17) from a starting price of $38.

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