The statistic shows the leading countries ranked according to their number of Facebook users as of May 2014. During that month, 70.5 million Brazilian users were registered on the social networking site. Facebook's website offers various activities such as connecting with people or sharing photos.
After a couple of years of functioning as a proto-social network for university and high school students only, in September 2006, Facebook opened for the general public and started quickly gaining users. A decade later, the company reports almost 18 billion U.S. dollars in revenue and a net income of 3.69 billion US dollars. As of 2015, the number of Facebook employees has reached 12 thousand full-time staff an impressive increase compared to only 15 employees in 2005.
In the third quarter of 2012, the number of active Facebook users surpassed 1 billion per month, reaching a a million daily users daily in 2005, the company being the first social network to achieve this performance. Overall, the company has become the most popular social network according to worldwide users, beating competitors like YouTube, QQ or Instagram. The social network has gained an increasing popularity among those accessing the internet through their smartphone or tablet computer, having also crossed the 1 billion mobile user threshold, many of them accessing Facebook exclusively from their mobile devices. The platform is mostly popular among 25 to 34 year-olds around the world and the majority of users claim to access it at least once a day. The most common reason to use Facebook is staying in touch with friends, as well as staying uo-to-date with current events and news or simply filling up spare time.
The countries with the most Facebook users, as of 2014, are the United States, India and Brazil.