Facebook has finally arrived at an milestone the likes of which has never been achieved in the world. The company has announced that it has reached 2 Billion monthly active users. This also makes it the largest human community on the face of earth.
CEO Zuckerberg announced the same through Facebook:
As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people!
We’re making progress connecting the world, and now let’s bring the world closer together.
It’s an honor to be on this journey with you.
The achievement comes almost 13 years after the company first launched. However, while the first billion took around 8 years, this one was counted within a matter of 5 years.
Speaking with the TC, Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox said:
We’re getting to a size where it’s worth really taking a careful look at what are all the things that we can do to make social media the most positive force for good possible.
To celebrate the occasion, Facebook has created a personalized video you can share with your friends and families. The video campaign is titled “Good Adds Up” and you can access it right here.
In comparison, YouTube is a distant second at 1.5 Billion users. This is followed by WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger with 1.2 billion each. Needless to say, both of them are Facebook properties as well.
Meanwhile, a significant portion of Facebook’s growth comes from developing countries it is winning over thanks to its lite applications. The company added almost 746 million users in Asia and the Rest Of World after reaching the 1 Billion mark. So yeah, it certainly pays to pay attention to developing countries.
We’re getting to the scale where we have to get much better about understanding how the product has been used.
And perhaps that could also explain Mark Zuckerberg’s fascination with travel. He could well be attempting to understand his product’s impact, rather than paving the ground for becoming president.