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Facebook Reaches 1 Billion Users

Oct. 4, 2012

Facebook has surpassed the 1 billion active user mark, the social networking giant announced Thursday on its website.

"Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life," founder and chief executive

Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement announcing the milestone.

Despite its wide use and expectations that it will be able to capitalize on its popularity, the company has seen its stock price tumble since its initial public offering in May amid doubts about its ability to cash in on its huge user base.

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Facebook said that it has 600 million mobile users and that it actually passed the 1 billion mark on September 14. At that time the median age of Facebook users was 22, one year younger than the median age of users when Facebook reached 500 million users in July 2010. It said that Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States were the top five countries that Facebook users connected from.

The site said members have logged 140.3 billion friend connections, 17 billion of which have been tagged with users' locations. Users have hit the "Like" button on Facebook and other sites more than 1.13 trillion times since the widget went live in February 2009.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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