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Something strange is going on: Facebook is losing customers.
Lots of customers. According to Inside Facebook's data service, Facebook lost 6 million users in the U.S. last month, dropping from 155.2 million to 149.4 million. That's the first time U.S. numbers have dropped in more than a year.
It also lost 1.52 million users in Canada, dropping to 16.6 million -- that's an 8% drop -- and 100,000 each in the U.K., Norway, and Russia.
Total Facebook users were still up 1.7% thanks to growth in countries where the service got popular later, like Mexico and Brazil.
..many people no longer have internet access do this economy...
You hit the nail on the head. That's precisely why i no longer regularly use it. As soon as my parents and grand parents joined, i knew facebook was dead...
to the old guys respectively sociopaths: you needn't turn every thread about facebook into a "why i'm not on facebook and will never be" matter. we understand that you are not willing to participate in the so-called social web. that's perfectly okay. no need to self-assure you time and time again that you are right in your decision. however, obviously hundreds of millions of people don't exactly share your feelings. deal with it. i had the same reservations some time ago and still have. in marketing theory, we are just called "laggards".
So what does that mean for the future of the website?
"In a few year's time there won't be such a thing as a website," claimed Boulton (the Web Archiving Team Lead from the Library of Congress). "With the rise of the social Web, now online experiences are built around the individual rather than around the organization."
So whereas websites are "destinations that you go to to find information," according to Boulton, the current era is increasingly about information coming to the individual - who interacts with it on devices like smartphones.
"In a few year's time there won't be such a thing as a website,"
[edited by: Lexur at 11:22 am (utc) on Jun 14, 2011]
whether or not websites would even still exist in the future
Facebook has denied that it is losing customers, saying it is "pleased" with growth.
Figures from Faceboook monitoring site Inside Facebook suggested that during May, Facebook lost six million users in the US and 100,000 in the UK.
But the social network, which does not usually comment on third party statistics, questioned how it arrived at this figure.
Other net measurement firms said they had seen growth over the same period.
"From time to time, we see stories about Facebook losing users in some regions. Some of these reports use data extracted from our advertising tool, which provides broad estimates on the reach of Facebook ads and isn't designed to be a source for tracking the overall growth of Facebook," the firm said in a statement.
"We are very pleased with our growth and with the way people are engaged with Facebook. More than 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day," it added.
"More than 50% of our active users log on"
Jeez, wow, so what % of all users are active? 0.1%?
Amazing to think to try such a bald-faced statistic.
.in western europe at least there are more parents and grand parents than "cool kids" online, so if Facebook ends up being a tool for grown ups without teenage brats, all the better...
What this means is that the people considered active (no statement as to how many that is or how they are measured) are really active and visit the site every 2 days on average.
joined:Dec 29, 2003
What this means is that the people considered active (no statement as to how many that is or how they are measured) are really active and visit the site every 2 days on average. Assuming that the definition of "active user" is somewhat rational, it's a pretty impressive stat, albeit not surprising.