Facebook is the primary force to be reckoned in when it comes to social networks. Launched in 2004, it showed impressive growth by attracting hundreds of thousands of user sign-ups in the first months when it went live.
Facebook filed for IPO last February and was discussing a valuation of $75 to $100 billion on the company. In the process, the social network dropped some pretty impressive stats to the curious public: as of January 2012, its users spent a combined total of 10.5 billion total minutes per day on the site.
Facebook has the power of numbers when it comes to its user base, and they know it. They're also smart enough to use it to their advantage by dropping even more stats in the latest amendment they made to their IPO filing: as of March 2012, Facebook recorded 901 million monthly active users, 526 million daily active users, over 488 million mobile active users, and more than 125 billion friend connections.
As of March 31, 2012, we had 901 million MAUs, an increase of 33% from March 31, 2011. We experienced growth across different geographies, with users in Brazil, India, and the United States representing key sources of growth.
We had 45 million MAUs in Brazil as of March 31, 2012, an increase of 180% from the same period in the prior year, and we had 51 million MAUs in India as of March 31, 2012, an increase of 107% from the same period in the prior year. Additionally, we had 169 million MAUs in the United States as of March 31, 2012, an increase of 15% from the same period in the prior year.
-- Facebook IPO filing
These are undeniably extremely impressive numbers that further cement Facebook's status as the leading social network on the web.
Article by Hazel Chua
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