Today, Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg made an announcement on Facebook’s Newsroom blog about reaching the monumental milestone of one billion users.
“This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month. If you’re reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you. Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life. I am committed to working every day to make Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able to connect the rest of the world too.”
Connecting with the rest of the world is probably not too far off in the future. Facebook has been seeing high growth in countries like Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and of course the United States. The growth of Facebook could have to do with all the various ways that people can access the social media site. Nearly 600 million users are accessing the site through Facebook’s mobile site.
The mobile site is where Zuckerberg and the rest of the Facebook workers hope to get their next billion users. In an interview with Bloomberg reporters Zuckerberg said that mobile phones are a better place to advertise then a personal desktop.
“The advertising and monetizing has to be integrated in, whereas on desktop we kind of reached this equilibrium where there’s the content and then the ads off to the side of it,” Zuckerberg said. “So I’m really optimistic about that.”
The addition of the mobile site has just made it all the easier to waste hours on Facebook. According to the Washington Post Facebook has had more than 219 billion photos uploaded, and users have listened to 62.2 million songs at least 22 billion times. To put those numbers into a more realistic indication of how much time users spend on Facebook, if you added up all of the songs that people have listened it would be the equivalent of 210,000 years.