Facebook’s meteoric rise in global popularity shows no signs of faltering, as the social networking site has just announced it currently boasts 500 million active members.

With 500 million active monthly users operating on the site across the world, many experts and also the founder of the network, Mark Zuckerberg, believe it’s only a matter of time before Facebook hits the 1 billion mark.

26 year old Zuckerberg, who launched the social networking site back in 2004 with a bunch of classmates from Harvard, believes it is “almost a guarantee” that Facebook will achieve 1 billion members in the future. This would equate to 1 in every 7 people in the world being signed up to Facebook.

A feature called Facebook Stories has been set up to celebrate reaching the impressive milestone. Members are encouraged to come forward to share their stories of how Facebook has affected their lives since and allowed them to keep in touch with the people who matter the most.

Since its launch in 2004 it took 5 years for Facebook to achieve 250 million users, however in the space of the last 12 months, that figure has doubled. If Facebook continues to grow at this pace, the possibility of the social network reaching 1 billion users in 2011 is very real.

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