Social network Facebook announced recently that two billion people regularly use its main service. With these data the company passed a crucial milestone in growth of service for college students in the US to the largest social network in the world.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed numbers to their followers through publication in 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.”
Currently, Facebook user base is larger than the population of each country. It represents more than one quarter of the world population of 7.5 billion people.
Facebook defines its monthly active users as registered users in the social network that are accessed or visited Facebook through its website, a mobile device or used the chat Messenger, in the last 30 days. The number does not include those who use networks Instagram and WhatsApp, but not included in Facebook.
In May, the company said duplicate accounts, according to the assessment last year, is around 6% of its user base worldwide.
The number of Facebook users significantly outpaced that of similar services in the market. In April, Twitter announced that its active monthly users reached 328 million people, and Snapchat had 166 million users per day at the end of the first quarter.
WeChat, a division of Tencent Holdings and widely used service in China, in May revealed that there are 938 million monthly active users for the first quarter.
As of March 31 Facebook had 1.94 billion users, an increase of 17 percent from a year earlier. It reached 1 billion people in October 2012.
In April, the number of advertisers even surpassed 5 million, the Company said.
Facebook’s growth is coming increasingly outside the US, Canada and Europe. Three years ago, these regions were around 38% of consumers, compared with about 30 percent in the first quarter of this year.
“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,” Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox said about the company’s new milestone.