The most famous quote from the Facebook movie The Social Network—A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars—has become a phrase born in fiction that has nevertheless resonated through mainstream cultures as the company’s raison d’être. But the web site’s real foreign money is lively customers and, except cash concerns, that one billion consumer number has been in fb founder Mark Zuckerberg’s sights for years. today, Zuckerberg announced that the website online has in any case, formally crossed the one billion user mark.

The one billionth user milestone has been anticipated for some time, but the reality of it is still a staggering achievement in the history of Internet companies.

This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month, Zuckerberg said in a statement on the site.when youu’re studying this: thank you for giving me and my little staff the respect of serving you. serving to one billion people connect is fantastic, humbling and through far the object i am most proud of in my lifestyles. i’m committed to operating on a daily basis to make fb higher for you, and confidently in combination at some point we will connect the rest of the arena too.

Although the site’s user base has grown steadily since its inception in 2004, the public didn’t really start paying attention to its user numbers until the site hit the 500 million user mark back in 2010, boasting more site members than the entire population of the United States. At this point, the site’s user base is now approaching the populations of the world’s most populous countries such as China and India at 1.3 billion and 1.2, respectively.

According to Facebook, the exact day the site passed the one billion user mark was two weeks ago on Sept. 14, at 12:45 p.m. Pacific time. facebook naysayers will inevitably opine that the site’s numbers are most likely boosted by way of pretend and deserted accounts, however for fb’s phase the introduced numbers are meant to constitute energetic customers who frequently log onto the web page. on the other hand, fb itself recently admitted that kind of 8.7 p.c of its consumer bills would possibly, in fact, be questionable. curiously, around the same time that the site logged its one billionth consumer, the website also engaged in a tremendous purge of faux debts, most likely in anticipation of this very statement.