Soon-to-be dad Mark Zuckerberg just made a big announcement on Facebook, a soul-searching website he created in 2004: “For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day.” Do you know what that means?
That means that over six billion people did not use Facebook in a single day. In the founder’s own words, “On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family.” Put differently, 6 in 7 people on Earth used other methods to connect with their friends and family.
Obviously, Mark Zuckerberg wants to fix this. The 31-year-old billionaire has been pouring money into building a cyber ghetto called internet.org so that the other six billion people can access Facebook-endorsed content online — and create Facebook profiles! — for free. Technology experts have called this “Facebooknet” since it basically creates an internet for poor people. Zuckerberg is also building drones that will fly through the stratosphere and beam Wi-Fi down onto infrastructure-poor areas of the world like Africa, a continent with a population of over one billion people that could be using Facebook on any given day.
So Mark might sound happy about this big one billion people in a single day milestone, but really, he sounds almost impatient. This is “just the beginning of connecting the whole world” Zuck said. World domination takes time.