Facebook membership swells to 250 million

San Francisco (CA) – Facebook has confirmed that at least 250 million people are now members of the popular social networking site.

“The rapid pace of our growth is humbling and exciting for us, and it affirms that people everywhere are realizing the power of staying connected to everything they care about on Facebook,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “From the beginning, Facebook hasn’t been about building a website. Facebook is about all of the people using it and all of the things that are important to you. The 250 million of you on Facebook today are what gives Facebook life and makes the site meaningful to everyone using it, so we thank you.”

Zuckerberg explained that each person who joined made Facebook “better” by adding a presence to the site that friends and family could “connect with” and feel “closer” to.

“For us, growing to 250 million users isn’t just an impressive number; it is a mark of how many personal connections all of you have made, and how far we at Facebook have to go to extend the power of connection to the billions of people around the world. We’re grateful to have all of you with us, and we look forward to helping connect the next quarter billion people on Facebook,” added Zuckerberg.

As TG Daily previously reported, Facebook recently managed to oust MySpace as the reigning US social networking champion. According to ComScore, FaceBook attracted 70.278 million unique US visitors in May, compared to MySpace’s 70.237 million.

Clearly, the glory days of MySpace have long since waned. As Nielsen Online noted, Facebook has become the “largest player on the global stage, dominant in many countries, [replacing] MySpace as the world’s most popular social network.”