1 out of 7 people in the world (aka 1 billion people) use FacebookOctober 4, 2012 5 Email article | Print article
The human population of Earth is estimated at just under 7 billion. (to be exact, the World Bank estimated our population at 6,973,738,433 in 2011.) 1 billion of these 7 billion humanoids are “actively” using Facebook. Wow.
In an interview with TODAY, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, dropped the bombshell:
I mean, it’s just — an amazing honor. To be able to come into work every day and build things that help a billion people stay connected with the people they care about every month — that’s just unbelievable.
Now I know what you all must be thinking — the 1 billion number does not mean 1 billion people are regularly using Facebook, and Facebook has many fake accounts so the number is bloated. Too bad you all are wrong. The 1 billion number is of active Facebook users, people who use Facebook at least once a month. And that number does not include fake Facebook accounts, which are estimated to make up 8.7% of total Facebook users. So it really is 1 billion people.
To put it into perspective, if Facebook was a country then it would be the third largest country in the world in terms of population, second only to China and India.
Did I say wow already?