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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.
Facebook lost 6 million users in the U.S. last month, dropping from 155.2 million to 149.4 million
• 72.3 million, or 26 percent of the U.S. population, were under age 18;
• 174.1 million, or 62 percent, were age 18 to 64; and
• 35.0 million, or 12 percent, were age 65 and over.
[edited by: DirigoDev at 6:59 pm (utc) on Jun 13, 2011]
Another factor in dropped accounts may be the loss of "coolness" it had when it was primarily teens and college students -- many of them DON'T want to see their parents or other 40-50+ year old relatives on FB -- or more likely don't want those relatives to see aspects of their private lives they divulge to "friends" on FB.