Facebook Announces 500 Million Users, Stories and Thanks Applications

Facebook says it has reached 500 million monthly active users “as of this morning,” according to chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. In a blog post today, he also announced a new in-house Stories application that features positive stories from users around the world, relating how they did things like reunited with long-lost family members through the service. Another application, a photo album of sorts called Thanks, shows Zuckerberg and company employees thanking everyone for using the service.