Facebook achieves milestone of 1bn users in a single day — 1 in 7 people on Earth

28 Aug 2015

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

For the first time ever more than 1bn people used Facebook in a single day — that’s one in seven people on Earth, according to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

“On Monday, one in seven people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family,” Zuckerberg revealed in a Facebook post.

“When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world.”

Facebook, which is in the process of building a €200m data centre in Clonee, Co Meath and which employs close to 1,000 people in Dublin, is the world’s largest social network with 1.5bn monthly active users, compared with Twitter, which has 316m monthly active users.

Facebook is a mobile phenomenon

More than 87pc of the 968m people who log into Facebook every day do so by a smartphone or tablet, Facebook says.

It emerged in recent days that Facebook has overtaken Google as the main social media vehicle to drive traffic to news sites, according to statistics from Parse.ly.

“I’m so proud of our community for the progress we’ve made,” Zuckerberg said. “Our community stands for giving every person a voice, for promoting understanding and for including everyone in the opportunities of our modern 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,” Zuckerberg said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years