Take a bow if you are a Facebook user. The social networking giant is now officially a billion users strong. There are now one billion active monthly users on Facebook, and the California-based company has stated in its fact sheet that it arrived at this milestone last month on September 14 at 12:45 p.m., Pacific Time. 

In an official statement, Facebook’s CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, said, “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.”

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Reached another milestone

Facebook has presented some of its key metrics in its fact sheet. Facebook has registered over 1.13 trillion Likes, and made 140.3 billion friend connections. A whopping 219 billion photos have been uploaded on Facebook since its launch. The data for calculating this number was extracted on September 10, 2012 and takes into consideration the total number of photos that are on the site currently. It does not factor in deleted or removed photos. If it did, the estimates would go up considerably to 265 billion photos uploaded on Facebook ever. 

Since the introduction of geo-tagging on Facebook in August 2010, 17 billion location-tagged posts have been made, including check-ins. The statistics for this feature were considered from its launch date to September 10, this year.

Since music-listening applications were launched in September last year, 62.6 million songs have been played 22 billion times, amounting to about 210,000 years of music. This data was also extracted on September 11, 2012.  

Coming to the most significant element on Facebook – its users – the site stated that currently the median age of the Facebook user is roughly 22 years. Interestingly, India is among the top five user countries, followed by Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States in that order. 

Another interesting find is that users signing up for the service now have an average of 305 friends. 

The numbers back in October 2007, when Facebook reached its 50-million-users milestone, showed that the median age of the user on FB was around 26 years. India did not feature in the top five countries then. 

Have a quick look at the stats here

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