Facebook just heralded a huge milestone, on Monday nearly 1 in 7 humans logged on to its site.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg detailed the accomplishment in a post from his personal Facebook profile:
On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family.
When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world.
I’m so proud of our community for the progress we’ve made. Our community stands for giving every person a voice, for promoting understanding and for including everyone in the opportunities of our modern world.
A more open and connected world is a better world. It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values.
Thank you for being part of our community and for everything you’ve done to help us reach this milestone. I’m looking forward to seeing what we accomplish together.
Zuckerberg is quick to clarify that this number simply refers to Monday’s new peak and is not a new reporting of daily active users used when the company discusses its financials.
It’s an interesting milestone, something that many commenters noted, because Facebook’s model for success depends on getting more people to spend time connecting online rather than connecting in the real world. The top liked comment on the post is currently one wishing for an “old world” pre-Facebook.
Other users talked about how the service had helped them connect with old friends and had widened their perspective.
Facebook was launched by Zuckerberg and a couple of his buddies in a dorm room in 2004.
By Lucas Matney