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Quarter of a billion people now on Facebook

Social networking giant attracts 50 million new users in just over three months

Quarter of a billion people now on Facebook
50 million people signed on to Facebook in just over three months

Facebook now claims to have a quarter of a billion people actively logging on to their website to stay connected.

While the social networking giant announced that it crossed 200 million active users in April this year, it is impressive that it managed to get 50 million more in just over three months. Then, in May, the company got a financial boost when Russian-based Digital Sky Technologies invested $200 million to support its rocketing growth.

The news means that close to 4% of the world’s population, which is over 6.70 billion according to 2008 estimates, is now registered on Facebook. If it were a country, it would be the fourth most populous in the world after China, India and the United States.

“For us, growing to 250 million users isn't just an impressive number; it is a mark of how many personal connections all of you have made, and how far we at Facebook have to go to extend the power of connection to the billions of people around the world,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a company blog post.

“We're grateful to have all of you with us, and we look forward to helping connect the next quarter billion people on Facebook,” Zuckerberg added, stressing on the contribution of millions.

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