Airbnb has released some interesting growth figures this morning, proving that 2012 was the year that Airbnb stopped being something people were talking about and started to be something (a lot of) people used.

The company announced that 4 million total guests have now used Airbnb to book a night’s stay on the peer-to-peer lodging marketplace. A whopping 3 million of those guests used the service in 2012 alone. The company launched all the way back in 2007, so that should give you a clear picture of just how much growth Airbnb has seen in the past year.

However, it’s worth noting that Airbnb hasn’t previously given growth stats in this format. In the past, the company has always touted nights booked on the service as a measure of growth, announcing 5 million nights booked in January 2012 and growing to 10 million in June.

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