Facebook has reached a milestone sure to be the envy of other social media platforms: more than one billion active users within a 24-hour period.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his Facebook wall to brag about the new record set earlier this week.
“On Monday, one in seven people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family,” Zuckerberg wrote.“This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world.
“A more open and connected world is a better world. It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values,” he added. “Thank you for being part of our community and for everything you’ve done to help us reach this milestone. I’m looking forward to seeing what we accomplish together.”
In its second-quarter report, posted in July, Facebook said its monthly users had grown 13 percent to 1.49 billion while mobile users was up 23 percent to 1.31 billion.
Facebook also announced that month that more than half of the world’s online users visited the site at least once a month.
Facebook is now focusing on growing its audience in under-developed areas such as Africa by bringing the continent’s citizens online access via Internet.org.