On Monday, August 24th 1 billion people converged on to Facebook within a 24 hour period. 1 billion people. That’s 1 in 7 people on the planet popping into Facebook for a quick peruse of their timeline, update their friends on their lives, picture change, whatever. This was a major milestone for the social network site, as it has never in its history had 1 billion people on the site in a 24 hour period.

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, took to his Facebook page to exclaim his excitement of the news:

We just passed an important milestone. For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day.

On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family.

When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world.

I’m so proud of our community for the progress we’ve made. Our community stands for giving every person a voice, for promoting understanding and for including everyone in the opportunities of our modern world.

A more open and connected world is a better world. It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values.

Thank you for being part of our community and for everything you’ve done to help us reach this milestone. I’m looking forward to seeing what we accomplish together.

Very cool news for the social networking site. Let’s see where it goes next.

Author: Sheena Hunt, CEO of Empowered Strategy