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Facebook to reach one billion users next month

Facebook to reach one billion users next month'

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Facebook will reach one billion users next month according to official figures published by the social network and a growth trajectory based on these.

In April, Facebook posted pre-IPO numbers of 901 million monthly active users. Facebook define a monthly active user as someone who has logged onto the service in the last 30 days. At present, it is estimated that Facebook has in excess of 950 million monthly active users.

In January we reported that, based on analysis from iCrossing, Facebook would reach one billion users by August. Since then their extrapolation of Facebook’s growth rate has proved very accurate, leaving us to assume that Facebook’s active user base will indeed reach the one billion milestone by that date.

Of Facebook’s current user base, 80% of these live outside of North America. Growth has stagnated in early adopting countries like the United Kingdom and the United States, but has accelerated in developing countries like Brazil and India.

From official Facebook figures concerning March 2012, we also know that Facebook has 526 million daily active users, and more than half of Facebook’s monthly active users come from mobile.

Each day Facebook users upload more than 300 million photos and generate an average of 3.2 billion Likes and comments.

In other news of or relating to one billion, China has over one billion mobile subscribers, one billion hours of content was streamed on Netflix last month, and we’ll probably have around one billion smartphone users worldwide by 2016.

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  1. openpostcode

    July 8, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    @darrenmccarra Of course that includes my dog’s account.

    • darrenmccarra

      July 8, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      @openpostcode One billion does make you paws for thought though

  2. darrenmccarra

    July 8, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    @psycrow 1/7th of the world’s population is a bit crazy alright!

    • psycrow

      July 8, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      @darrenmccarra a long as my mother stays off it I’m happy

      • darrenmccarra

        July 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        @psycrow Only a matter of time

        • peterfbrennan

          July 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

          @psycrow @darrenmccarra she came up in my suggested friends.. Too late Si.

        • psycrow

          July 8, 2012 at 5:49 PM

          @peterfbrennan @darrenmccarra gas! Highly doubt she made it on to that more than once

        • darrenmccarra

          July 8, 2012 at 5:53 PM

          @psycrow @peterfbrennan Friending her would be the polite thing to do!

        • psycrow

          July 8, 2012 at 5:54 PM

          @darrenmccarra @peterfbrennan haha balls to that

        • peterfbrennan

          July 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

          @psycrow @darrenmccarra He doesn’t even follow her on twitter! Only me and Eleanor follow her!

        • psycrow

          July 8, 2012 at 5:57 PM

          @peterfbrennan @darrenmccarra would only drag down my klout

        • darrenmccarra

          July 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

          @psycrow @peterfbrennan Klout is more important than street credit

  3. JD_Dillon

    July 9, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    @Ginaschreck maybe they’ll celebrate with a useable iPhone app! :-) soooooooooon …

    • Ginaschreck

      July 9, 2012 at 1:31 AM

      @JD_Dillon AMEN to that! #RealMobileFBApp

  4. pixelparable

    July 9, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    @Ginaschreck are they giving all those kids in Africa $10 laptops just so they can get a Facebook account ?

    • Ginaschreck

      July 9, 2012 at 1:25 AM

      . @pixelparable probably. My daughter just came back from Africa where she was surprised to learn many of the kids had Facebook acts.

      • pixelparable

        July 9, 2012 at 5:52 AM

        @Ginaschreck what a crazy world

      • pixelparable

        July 9, 2012 at 6:02 AM

        @Ginaschreck I am a little confused..were the disciples suppose to spread the good new about Jesus or was it about facebook ? hmmm ? lol

        • Ginaschreck

          July 9, 2012 at 2:35 PM

          @pixelparable Or was it supposed to be abt Jesus on FB! Heehee–Imagine if FB was avail then! “Lazarus is alive again” 13 LIKES 4 SHARES

        • pixelparable

          July 9, 2012 at 10:36 PM

          @Ginaschreck Jesusbook if u have a photo of Jesus post it if u have a prob share it here did u see Jesus perform a miracle share it ahh :)

        • Ginaschreck

          July 10, 2012 at 12:38 AM

          @pixelparable Ha! Quick that domain.

        • pixelparable

          July 10, 2012 at 7:57 AM

          @Ginaschreck i know :)

  5. gmariggio

    July 9, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    @pelo80 faremo la fine delle locuste

  6. thekax

    July 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    @beantin one billion users cannot be wrong?

    • beantin

      July 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      @thekax herding sheep?

      • thekax

        July 9, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        @beantin yes, much better!



    July 9, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Facebook’s numbers are, as always, quite impressive. It’ll be interesting to see where they go with all of this momentum. 



      July 9, 2012 at 11:13 PM

       @annedreshfield Or interesting to see how fast it all crashes down (which it will eventually, right?) I remember when everyone was so impressed with how quickly MySpace was growing (and how “massive” it was becoming) and look where it is now.



        July 9, 2012 at 11:31 PM

         @AdamBritten Absolutely. It’s fascinating to watch such big sites crumble.

  8. tomwsi

    July 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    @jasonpromotesu @http_web Thanks for the recent RT’s much appreciated.

  9. MillsWife

    July 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    @VieT_Ly ; oui mais il y a des comptes fakes, et des gens qui ont en pleins.

  10. ggheorghiu

    July 11, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    @davepeck do they also count the dead or those who created an account but never used it?

  11. jeremymeyers

    July 11, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    @quietrevolution users or accounts


    Tieshan funny channel

    July 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM


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Darren McCarra is co-editor of The Sociable. He has a keen interest in photography, all things mobile, and writing about technology and social media. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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