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Zuckerberg cheers as 1,000,000,000 suckers login to Facebook in 24 hours

Richi Jennings | Aug. 31, 2015
Presumably, the other 85 percent of the world got a life.

For the first time, Mark Zuckerberg says, Facebook recorded more than a billion active users in a 24-hour period. Monday saw about 15% of the world's population login to Facebook (presumably to watch cat videos, argue about politics, stalk ex-lovers, and publicly complain about bad service).

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[Updated 8:44 am, 9:38 am and 12:11 pm PT with more comment]

Stuart Dredge unearths this from the bottom of the news lake:

Mark Zuckerberg has announced a new milestone for the social network: one billion daily users. ... Facebook has been growing steadily, and in the second quarter of 2015 it averaged 968 million daily active users.

The milestone came shortly after Facebook revealed its latest product, Facebook M, a virtual assistant. ... Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan recently announced that they are expecting a baby girl.  MORE

So Simon Sharwood says Monday brought a "new low for humanity":

On that day a billion of your fellow homo sapiens logged on to Facebook, which subsequently decided humans can't be trusted to do their own shopping.

Facebook says “M” differs from the like of Siri and Cortana because it “can actually complete tasks on your behalf. It can purchase items, get gifts restaurants, travel...and way more.” [It's] Facebook finding a way to take a cut of a heap of transactions its billion-a-day members conduct.  MORE

Muckety-muck Zuck's luck sucks: [You're fired -Ed.]

We just passed an important milestone...and it's just the beginning of connecting the whole world.

Our community stands for giving every person a voice, for promoting understanding and for including everyone [in] a stronger society that reflects all of our values.  MORE

Lily Hay Newman explains and contextualizes:

[His] comments are in line with Facebook's ongoing, but controversial, effort to bring...connectivity to everyone through its initiative.

There weren't even 1 billion cars in the world until 2010.  MORE

Meanwhile, Andrew Hutchinson nixes naysayers (nicely):

For all the various speculations of user-migrations and the declining popularity of Zuckerberg’s social behemoth, the numbers just keep on climbing.

One in seven. That’s an undeniable stat. [It] once again highlight[s] the importance of Facebook in our wider communicative process, and the increasing role it plays in people’s...lives.

Maybe you’re not that into Facebook...but many people are. ... Ignoring that audience is most likely a big mistake for brands.  MORE


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