Facebook hits 1 billion users

Social networking site reaches new "active" user milestone on September 14; over 1.13 trillion "likes" since 2009, 219 billion photos uploaded, 140.3 billion new friend connections.

Social networking behemoth Facebook now has 1 billion users who are "actively" spending time with the site, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today. The milestone was reached on September 14 at 12:45 p.m. PDT, and means about one seventh of the world's population is a member of the site.

What's cooler than a million? A billion.

It is unclear how "active user" is defined, but NBC reports that fake users and bot accounts were not counted as part of the 1 billion.

The social networking site, which Zuckerberg created in his Harvard dorm room less than a decade ago, hosts a range of games. Zynga and Electronic Arts are currently squabbling over the companies' Facebook titles The Ville and The Sims Social, and Resistance developer Insomniac Games recently launched its first game for the platform, Outernauts.

Zuckerberg also shared several Facebook metrics. According to data from the company, Facebook has seen the following:

--1.13 trillion "likes" since launch in February 2009.
--140.3 billion friend connections.
--219 billion photos uploaded (265 billion if deleted photos were counted).
--17 billion location-tagged posts, including check-ins.
--62.6 million songs have been played 22 billion times.

Other data reveals the median age of a Facebook user is 22, down from a median age of 23 when Facebook hit 500 million users in July 2010. Additionally, the number of users who log in to Facebook via a mobile device now stands at 600 million.

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159 comments
SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

Whoop di doo.. I never really had a Myspace page and neither a Facebook... Who needs it hah! I just don't like people bothering me 24/7 and from what I hear from FB attics there's also a lot of drama going down... And I ain't got time for that BS also. But my girl has a FB page and she's on it like flies on sh** lol! I don't need that much attention but nowadays people seem obsessed with posting pics of themselves lol idiots

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

Actually, they're back down to 999,999,999 accounts. I closed mine yesterday.

farcorners
farcorners

They now know everything about everyone.

decoy1978
decoy1978

I use to be so into FB! Thank the Lord I calmed down. It got to the point that upkeeping FB was a 2nd job! Its still the premier place to catch what all of your friends are doing.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

I don't think it hit 1 billion users. 1 Billion accounts maybe. I know people that have 5-10 accounts just for themselves. 

moviequest14
moviequest14

Well if I've learned anything from this article , it's how much a self-righteous , hypocritical , arrogant ,  pr###s most of you are. You ''hate'' facebook because it's the new norm and those who use it consider anyone that doesn't have it to be a ''loser''. But you brag about not having one and say anyone that has one has no life. You say facebook users are obsessed with impressing others... well what are you doing right now? You obviously have something to prove either to yourself or everyone on this page by your revelry in the fact you don't own a facebook account. Ok , you don't have a facebook account , you don't go there anymore .... want a cookie for it? Sure there are a lot of low quality fads that are popular only because of peer pressure. But it hasn't crossed your cynical minds that it just might be popular because it's a good way to keep in touch with people? Sure there are a lot of people that misuse it , but for that matter a lot of people misuse the gamespot community , or anything on the internet for that matter. You keep on feeding off of each other's facebook bashing , I'm sure all 1billion could care less what you think.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

Just in time to catch me walking out the door. I don't mean to be cynical or get all misanthropic, but my time spent on facebook made me realize just how much I utterly abhor most people. All people really use facebook for is to try and make their lives sound or appear amazing. Sorry, person who I met only a handful of times and now question what it is I ever saw in you, I don't care what you're having for dinner. Thanks for the picture, though. Drama at work/in your social circle? It's cool because I know you're going to post a famous quote that you only take seriously for about half an hour, until you revert back into the self-absorbed and wildly insecure egomaniac that you are.

 

:)

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Ever since they introduced that stupid timeline thing, I've been using it less and less. The bigger question should be, what is the average number of people using it each day? 

DrKill09
DrKill09

Proud to not be a part of this fad.

TheBlackEclipse
TheBlackEclipse

I have no problems with Facebook. There are times when it is more convenient to use as a form of communication, usually when my friends and I share links.

lilnazar
lilnazar

You people are wondering why is this on a gaming site? Well, to answer the question. Facebook have their games. So that's 1 point. But here's another point. Facebook is also used in other games, outside the site itself. To share information/stats about your progress in the games. So that's why this news is here.

president_bush
president_bush

I've been against Facecrook since the beginning. If someone actually gets upset that he/she didn't get comments on a latest photo or vacation story, it is the saddest thing in the world. Most of my family and friends use FB daily, and it's the number one topic of conversation: "Did you see my new pictures? No? I can't believe it! Why not?" Or my favorite: "Did you see what Larry wrote to so-and-so?" It's drama beyond drama, and idiocy to the highest degree.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

One of the best things I ever did was get rid of my Facebook account. You really know who your friends are once you do.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

A couple hundred million of which are fake...

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i have a facebook which a check on my windows phone occasionally but i have to admit it is a load of crap. . only on it because its another way to keep in touch with friends and fam. can't believe so many people use the crap. my space back in the day was much better.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

The only reason i ave one is to make it easy to post comments on most site so i do not have to sing up for them. I will never put any personal information or pictures of me making dumb faces to make my face look skinny on that web site. "BIG BROTHER" is watching you and people who might stalk you and do harm to you.

AlexFili
AlexFili

The Walking Dead Facebook game is what keeps me hooked

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

1 billion unique users?  Fat chance.

tightwad34
tightwad34

One billion sheep and counting. I know it sounds like I am being mean, but I have plenty of family and friens who facebook, but yeah, they are still sheep.

lilnazar
lilnazar

I decided to remove my facebook account. I think FB is stupid. These days i only see morons posting like some nasty shit on their profile's (WTF?) And its like "cool" these days to own FB. if you dont own it, your a low level. Sigh, the society.

apolloooo
apolloooo

yeah because so called psychologist announced by not having facebook mean you are a terrorist, psychopath or serial killer. if you want to have a job, fb or twitter is mandatory these days *sigh*

Shinteikun
Shinteikun

I fail to see any connection between FB and GS... but it's not my call to judge.Sad thing about those numbers is that they're fake... I know over 10 people in real life who have multiple accounts... my co-worker's girlfriend has 16 accounts, while one is titled to her real name all other 15 are fake names for the games... she's the extremist... others have around five accounts... and that's just IRL people... I know over 30 online people with multiple accounts.

Not to mention that all people who leave FB still count... I fail to see how they excluded those "fake" accounts, did they enter each account and checked the messages, photos and updates? If they did... wow... 1 billion active accounts, with probably 2 billion inactive or fake... they clicked their souls out...

According to them, every seventh person has a FB account... I fail to see that as true... I've met a lot of people in my life and I'm 100% positive most of them don't have BF account. Most who do are kids and young adults.

I have nothing against FB, so I'm not BlTCHING it... I do see some good points in FB, it only saddens me when I see some dear people being totally addicted to it. One of my best friends post around 20 posts a day and spend over 3-4 hours a day on it... sad...

moviequest14
moviequest14

Eddie's irrelevance aside. I don't think many of you realize how ridiculous you sound trying to prove how indie cool you are by bashing facebook because it's popular and successful. It's a legitimate source for communication. Keep on cracking the jokes about how people that have facebook have no life , the end of the day both of you are sitting at a computer , not outside , just doing different things.They might have spent an hour sharing things they found interesting with their friends or getting to know an acquaintance from work or school , but you probably spent longer looting and fighting dragons , who're you to get self-righteous against how they spent their time? My sister lives out of state , I suppose you'd much rather me write her a letter huh? Anyone that uses facebook doesn't have a life? While we're enforcing massive stereotypes I suppose all of you live in your mother's basements and hit on girls at comic con because you play games? You're not convincing anyone that you're cool by bragging that you don't have facebook and bashing anyone that does , you're just making yourself look like a self-righteous judgmental a-hole.

Kratos3779
Kratos3779

Wow a lot of these comments are just awful..  If you want to keep in touch with people you haven't talked to in a long time, facebook is great.  It's also great for sharing things with friends, articles you think they'll find interesting, music, and whatever else.  It's a tool, it's not inherently evil, so while you may have friends who waste several hours a day on it, post photos of themselves doing stupid things, or become friends with people they don't know, it's their own fault.  Stupid people do stupid things.  Believe me, as you grow up, you'll learn more and more how stupid people are and just how they can screw themselves over.  Facebook just happens to be a commonly misused site.

craigprime
craigprime

A seventh of all people on earth have lost their soul...

Harrydapro
Harrydapro

The Facebook community is one of the worst :/

tgwolf
tgwolf

...Lol, poor saps...Get a life!

franzito
franzito

Guess the only person who is happy about it is Mr. Zuckerberg. He's beyond filthy rich now, as the world goes more and more dumb with tons of people living for it...  just creepy seeing 30 people in a bus and, like, 20 are connected on Facebook, texting all the time...

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

 @DrKill09 I'm no advocate of facebook, nor any other social networking site for that matter, but facebook isn't a fad.

Oldgun
Oldgun

Hahaha True that !!

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

 @president_bush Here ya on that one. Hell, I don't even have an account, nor do I care to be bothered w/ one now. Plus, I'm not inclined to be a part of a site that has no respect for my privacy or my information, for ad profits. 

 

Thanks, but no thanks......I like to keep control over what I share or how others want to 'share' (aka SELL) it. 

Zloth2
Zloth2

 @Sgthombre

 They said they weeded out the fake ones.  HOW they are supposed to have done that, I have no clue.

moviequest14
moviequest14

 @lilnazar Really? You seem to be doing the exact opposite , it's ''cool'' not to own one and you're low-level of you do. Sounds like hypocrisy to me.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

 @moviequest14 Yeah, Twitter is a "legitimate source of communication" too, but like Facebook is mostly used by idiots to say stupid pointless things.

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

 @franzito The world was always dumb. Just took one website for the world to show its true colors.

moviequest14
moviequest14

 @Barrakas21 Keep on calling me ignorant and arrogant and butthurt for using facebook mate , you're only proving my point.

moviequest14
moviequest14

  @DrKill09 I love how you automatically classify anything popular as a fad. Perhaps in your little world where you get some form of self-gratification that you aren't on facebook it's dying out , but in the real world it's still going strong.

lilnazar
lilnazar

 @moviequest14 No i just described how it is. This is not my words. Because, if you dont own it, you basically are a low level, in the others people eyes. Heck no, i dont like FB. That's why i stated that im removing it.