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Facebook tops 1B monthly users

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg at

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 conference last month. Zuckerberg updated his Facebook status on Thursday, Oct. 4, to announce that the social networking site has more than 1 billion active users each month. (Sept. 11, 2012) Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images

More than a billion people now log into Facebook each month to check up on old friends, tag photos of new ones and post about politics, religion, cats or what their kids are doing.

That's double the 500 million it hit in July 2010.

The latest milestone also amounts to nearly half of the world's roughly 2.5 billion Internet users, as measured by the International Telecommunications Union.

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