fb statsWhen it comes to social networks, Facebook is probably the de facto social network for many. After all it features tight integration with a lot of websites and services where you can even login using your Facebook account, so even if you don’t really like the social network, you don’t really have much of a choice.

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That being said it looks like Facebook’s popularity has since been growing. Last year in October we heard that Facebook had managed to hit a whopping 1.35 billion monthly active users, and now according to a recent Facebook Community Update, it turns out that number has since grown to a massive 1.49 billion monthly active users.

To put this into context, Mark Zuckerberg shared an interesting piece of trivia. He stated that back in 1876 when the first telephone call was made, the world’s population was around 1.49 billion and that’s a pretty impressive figure. Of course that number has only grown since but it’s still pretty impressive all the same.

Other numbers shared by Facebook includes 700 million monthly active users on Messenger, an increase from the 500 million they reported last year, and it is also appearing to be catching up to WhatsApp which is still at the 800 million mark. Facebook is also boasting that they are seeing about 300 million monthly active users on Instagram.

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