Number of monthly active Facebook users worldwide as of 1st quarter 2016 (in millions)

This statistic shows a timeline with the worldwide number of monthly active Facebook users from 2008 to 2016. As of the first quarter of 2016, Facebook had 1.65 billion monthly active users. In the third quarter of 2012, the number of active Facebook users had surpassed 1 billion. Active users are those which have logged in to Facebook during the last 30 days. Furthermore, as of that quarter the social network had 1.51 billion mobile MAU. The platform is also the most popular social network worldwide.


Facebook

. Founded in 2004, Facebook is currently the biggest social networking service based on global reach and total active users. Launched by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg and some of his contemporaries, the service was initially only available to Harvard students but soon expanded to regional universities, the Ivy League and further universities before opening up to high school students and global users aged 13 or over. Currently, the Facebook usage penetration among internet users in leading markets is above 80 percent.

Facebook users must register before using the social network and are free to create a personal profile in order to interact with other users which they can add as friends. Furthermore, Facebook users may join user groups based on workplace, college or school and can also categorize their Facebook contacts into lists. Users can post status updates or other content and message each other. Facebook users can also interact with a wide selection of applications including social games or other services like the photo-sharing app Instagram.

In September 2012, Facebook announced over one billion active users across all platforms. The social network is also accessible to mobile web users and has published a series of apps based on original Facebook features such as Facebook Messenger, which as of the third quarter of 2015 has a 37 usage penetration rate.

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 Number of users in millions
Q3
'08
100
Q1
'09
197
Q2
'09
242
Q3
'09
305
Q4
'09
360
Q1
'10
431
Q2
'10
482
Q3
'10
550
Q4
'10
608
Q1
'11
680
Q2
'11
739
Q3
'11
800
Q4
'11
845
Q1
'12
901
Q2
'12
955
Q3
'12
1,007
Q4
'12
1,056
Q1
'13
1,110
Q2
'13
1,155
Q3
'13
1,189
Q4
'13
1,228
Q1
'14
1,276
Q2
'14
1,317
Q3
'14
1,350
Q4
'14
1,393
Q1
'15
1,441
Q2
'15
1,490
Q3
'15
1,545
Q4
'15
1,591
Q1
'16
1,654
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