Facebook Hits 500 Million Members, Mark Zuckerberg Makes It Official.


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As of this morning wednesday 21/07/2010,, 500 million people all around the world are actively using Facebook to stay connected with their friends and the people around them.

Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg just made things official on the company’s blog: the social network is now 500 million members strong. ceo mark-zuckerberg

This is an important milestone for all of you who have helped spread Facebook around the world. Now a lot more people have the opportunity to stay connected with the people they care about.

Either way, Facebook has put together a collection of stories that users have shared with the company, detailing the impact the social network has had on their lives.

These stories include:

  • Ben Saylor, a 17-year-old high school student, who turned to Facebook to organize a community effort to rebuild the Pioneer Playhouse, the oldest outdoor theater in Kentucky, after it was damaged by floods in May.
  • Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who, during his time in office, would go jogging with 100 of his fans from Facebook.
  • Holly Rose, a mother in Phoenix, who credits a friend’s status message telling women to check for breast cancer with her being diagnosed in time to treat the disease. She used Facebook for support during treatment and became a prevention advocate herself.

In addition, Facebook has put together a photo album with messages of thanks.

Our mission at Facebook is to help make the world more open and connected. Stories like these are examples of that mission and are both humbling and inspiring. I could have never imagined all of the ways people would use Facebook when we were getting started 6 years ago.

I want to thank you for being part of making Facebook what it is today and for spreading it around the world.

This is no surprise to me, roll on 1 billion.

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