Over 250 million people have a Facebook account, the social networking website has confirmed, making it the largest social networking site in the world.

The news, broken by the sites founder Mark Zuckerberg on the company's blog, suggests that the site is now bigger than most country populations around the world.

"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 Zuckerberg.

Just 3 months ago Facebook confirmed that it has 200 million accounts, which suggests that new members have been joining at a pace of over 55,000 every day.

"We're grateful to have all of you with us, and we look forward to helping connect the next quarter billion people on Facebook", Zuckerberg said.