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If Facebook continues to grow at a rate of about 100 million to 150 million users every six months, as it appears to be doing, then it may achieve that magic billion user mark as soon as early 2012.
Inside sources have told TechCrunch that the sprawling social network has reached a new milestone of 750 million active monthly users, which would be a gain of 150 million since a Goldman Sachs report in January revealed that the company crossed the 600 million-user threshold.
Facebook has yet to release an official statement on either the figures of 750 million or 600 million, with only 500 million on its official stats page, which reflects where it was last summer. TechCrunch's Jason Kincaid thinks the company will wait until it hits a billion users to make the next major announcement of its growing legions.
Here at Technolog, we've been tracking those numbers for awhile now, seeing the numbers spike, most recently with the acquisition of a big friend base in Brazil, where nearly 2 million joined Mark Zuckerberg's vision-come-true in May. According to Facebook statistics tracking site SocialBakers, the 700 million landmark was forecast to be reached sometime in June.
In the meantime, Facebook has also refuted recent reports it lost 6 million users in the U.S., and reminds us that their users log in at least once a month, showing a level of engagement that other social networks, such as Twitter, can't claim.
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