The stats are out for last month and Facebook has continued its explosive growth. The global audience of people accessing the Internet has also grown and is now estimated to be over 1 BILLION strong. Of this gigantic audience, roughly 200 MILLION of them or 1 in every 5 people online visited Facebook last month. Another astounding fact hidden in here is Facebook grew over 10% MONTH TO MONTH in December.
This is huge. At this size, Facebook is the de facto standard in social networking. Given that many people visit Facebook daily or even multiple times a day, I think it confirms a trend that social networking is becoming a part of our daily lives, just like email did in the last decade.
For further commentary on this and references to the original statistics sources, read Michael Arrington’s column on TechCrunch.