500 Million Stories

By Mark Zuckerberg

July 21, 2010

As of this morning, 500 million people all around the world are actively using Facebook to stay connected with their friends and the people around them.

This is an important milestone for all of you who have helped spread Facebook around the world. Now a lot more people have the opportunity to stay connected with the people they care about.

To celebrate, we've put together a collection of stories you've shared with us about the impact Facebook and your friends have had on your lives.

We're launching [ http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=409743057130 ] a new application called Facebook Stories [ http://stories.facebook.com/ ] where you can share your own story and read hundreds of others, categorized by themes and locations around the world. These stories include:

Our mission at Facebook is to help make the world more open and connected. Stories like these are examples of that mission and are both humbling and inspiring. I could have never imagined all of the ways people would use Facebook when we were getting started 6 years ago.

I want to thank you for being part of making Facebook what it is today and for spreading it around the world.

To show our appreciation, all of us at Facebook have put together a photo album with our messages of thanks [ http://www.facebook.com/thanks ]. I hope you enjoy it, and please keep sharing your stories with us.


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