But Facebook has a much wider audience than Twitter. Facebook has 1.5 billion monthly active users, and at one point saw 1 billion users in one day. Twitter’s devoted user base is hovering at 316 million monthly active users, so Facebook’s potential reach for its search tools is exponentially larger.
Most of Facebook’s users live outside the U.S. and won’t have access to the new search features yet—they’re available now for English-speaking Americans on iOS, Android, and desktop—but once universal search is open to all, Facebook could cut Twitter where it hurts most: real-time news.
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