Facebook Surges Past 2 Billion Users

Facebook Surges Past 2 Billion Users
The social network is still growing quickly, thanks to new sign-ups in developing countries.

(CCM) — Facebook has burst through the two billion monthly active user mark, Mark Zuckerberg has announced in a brief message. "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," he said. The announcement comes just five years after the social network passed the one billion user mark.

Much of the growth in the last five years has come from users signing up in less developed countries — in part thanks to Facebook's concerted efforts to optimize the app for low-end Android smartphones and low-bandwidth connections. Of the one billion new users in the last five years, 746 million come from Asia and the Rest of World region, while just 41 million come North America.

Facebook's two billion user count dwarfs Twitter's 328 million users and Snapchat's estimated 255 million. Apart from YouTube, with 1.5 billion users, the only other networks with more than 1 billion users are WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, which are both owned by Facebook and both have about 1.2 billion users.

Facebook is still growing at a rate of 17% annually, and people are using the social network more today than five years ago — when Facebook reached one billion users, just 55% logged in each day. Today that figure is 66%.

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