Facebook reaches 600 million users

Facebook continues to grow around the world, adding millions of users a day. The social network giant has reached 600 million active monthly users, according to Goldman, via businessinsider.

Although Facebook statistics still show the site has 500 million users, reports indicate that the social network giant is waiting to reach the 1 billion mark before making the next big announcement.

Facebook launched in February 2004, and has since added, on average, 100 million users a year, the majority of which have signed up over the past few years. The site's member database is still increasing exponentially, becoming one of the fastest growing websites in history.

Since its launch in 2004, the website, and owner Mark Zuckerberg, have come under heavy scrutiny and numerous lawsuits, including claims that he stole the idea of the website. Facebook has also been targeted for a number of privacy concerns, a system the company has revamped a number of times already. Last year ,a popular movie made about the website, called "The Social Network," that showcased the story of how Mark Zuckerberg originated and how the site has since grown.

Based on predictions of the website's growth, Facebook should reach 1 billion users sometime in late 2012.

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This article is slightly false in a few aspects. I don't think they are adding "millions" of users per day. Otherwise they would hit one billion before the year is over. Also, the Facebook movie that came out last year is fiction in many ways. Even Zuckerberg himself said most of it was BS; just another Hollywood creation.

Just figured it was worth clearing those things up.

I say respect those who like Facebook and respect those who rather not use it. Its just a matter of how we do things daily, and everybody's different. So why judge?

Artillery said,
I say respect those who like Facebook and respect those who rather not use it. Its just a matter of how we do things daily, and everybody's different. So why judge?

i guess it just makes us feel superior to the users of Facebook is all when we don't use it

but your basically right.

me personally though i would rather not let the whole world know what i do etc etc so i don't use it. i still prefer instant messengers or something more old school to talk to people than Facebook etc. but i will say Facebook is much better than MySpace which has a horrible interface/bloat etc.

p.s. but i am curious... how many of those 600million are active users who are NOT using multiple accounts etc? ... so my point is, out of those 600million i wonder who is actually a active user on a fairly regular basis AND how many of those 600million are actual individual people that are not using multiple accounts or change they account's from time to time etc.

Stupidly I am one of them 600 million users who are currently apart of that statistic.

However with the mass grow of updates that are annoying people, how quickly do you think they will lose members, could they afford to lose 100 million a year because of stupid changes that look retarded.

mquiny said,
However with the mass grow of updates that are annoying people, how quickly do you think they will lose members, could they afford to lose 100 million a year because of stupid changes that look retarded.

People log on to Facebook to connect with their friends, not to see how the website looks from day to day.
For all people care, Facebook could change their interface to red or yellow, and while people would complain, they would still use the site