UPDATE 31 Dec 2009
The USA has 101 million users, beating 2nd placed UK far behind: a mere 22 million.
Four South East Asian nations are in the top 30: Indonesia (also 4th worldwide with 14 million users), the Philippines, Malaysia (almost 4 million) and Thailand.
The 2 most populous Asian nations, China is listed as having only 63,320 active user while India has 5 million.
This time last year, the only 2 Asian nations in the top 30 are Hong Kong and India, and the top nation, the US, had 27.8 million users.
Among the top 30 nations, the Philippines posted the highest growth in the last 6 mths at more than 200%.
Founded in 2004, Facebook is now the world’s most popular social networking site, beating Myspace into 2nd place
Other interesting trivia:
- has 250 million active users as of mid 2009; compare that to 82 million in mid 2008
- 3.5% of the world’s total population is on Facebook
- there are 98 countries in the world with at least one Facebook user
- in July 2008, 11 countries had more than a million Facebook users, now that number has increased to 33
BIGGEST GROWTH RATE
From mid 2008 to mid 2009: 3000% in Indonesia.
COUNTRIES WITH MOST USERS
It should come as no surprise that the US has the most users: about 70 million.
ASIAN COUNTRIES WITH MOST USERS
Among Asian countries, Indonesia has the most user: >6 million, ranked 7th in the world; followed by the Philippines at no. 17 (>2 million), Hong Kong at no. 20 (>2 million), Malaysia at no. 21 (almost 2 million) and Singapore at no. 29 (>1.3 million).
Iceland’s population is 320K and has >150K users, hence a penetration of 46%: that’s astounding, almost half the population is on Facebook!
ASIAN COUNTRIES WITH DEEPEST PENETRATION
Hong Kong’s population is 7 million and has 1.7 million users, hence a penetration of 25% (ranked 7th in the world): one in four Hong Kong people are on Facebook. It is closely followed by Singapore with 22% (ranked 10th in the world).
China, with a population of 1.3 billion has apparently only 394K users, hence a penetration of only 0.03%.
Apparently the number of friends in Facebook is limited to 5,000, so I will concentrate on number of fans/supporters instead which is unlimited. At the moment Barack Obama has 6.7 million supporters and Michael Jackson has 10.2 million fans, leaving Vin Diesel (at 6.2 million fans) and Megan Fox (at 4.8 million) in his wake. The group “Facebook” has 5 million fans. The most popular game on Facebook, Mafia Wars has 4.1 million fans.