Facebook has 1 billion users now, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirms

By on Oct 4, 2012 in Internet Comments

Updated: October 5, 2012 1:45 a.m.

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Facebook now has 1 billion users as of September 14, 2012, which was confirmed by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg when NBC‘s The Today Show host Matt Lauer interviewed him last week, and was aired this Thursday, October 4, 2012.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, being interviewed
by NBC’s Today Show host Matt Lauer

Image Credit: Today.com video

As noted at Today.com, a spokesman of Facebook said that that there are now 1 billion Facebook users around the globe, or almost one-seventh of the world’s population, noting that the figures refer to legitimate and active users.

“I mean, it’s just — an amazing honor. To be able to come into work every day and build things that help a billion people stay connected with the people they care about every month — that’s just unbelievable.” Mark Zuckerberg told Matt Lauer during the interview at Facebook‘s campus in Menlo Park, California.

“There’s no way that when we were getting started with (Facebook) that I would have ever thought that, you know, myself or any of the people around me would be able to — to be a part of something like this.” Zuckerberg added, who launched back in February 2004 from his dormitory room in Harvard University.

Facebook opened its doors to high school students in the US in 2005, along with six other countries, including Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia; with MySpace being the leading social networking site that time.

According to the report, Facebook has already 25 million users by 2006. Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States were among the top five countries joining Facebook that time, with the social network also starting to attract big investors and Yahoo reportedly wanted to buy it for $1 billion.

Back in April 2012, Facebook bought photo sharing and social network Instagram for $1 billion. The following month, Facebook IPO had its initial price set at $38 a share. Last June, Facebook reportedly had more than 955 million active users, more than half of them using Facebook on a mobile device.

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