Facebook growth slows for second month

Written by Antony Leather

June 13, 2011 | 12:18

Tags: #social-network

Companies: #facebook #myspace #twitter

Facebook, the world's most popular social networking website, has seen a second month of slowing growth.

The latest data was gathered by Inside Facebook using Facebook's advertising tool, and it shows large falls in the number of users in several countries.

According to the data, the site lost 6 million US users in May, while its Canadian user base dropped 1.52 million to 16.6 million. The site's number of users in the UK, Norway and Russia has also dropped by around the 100,000 mark.

Meanwhile, the total month-on-month growth dropped from April's 13.9 million new users to 11.8 million users in May. This is way down in comparison to the average of 20 million new users per month that was achieved last year.

The reduction in users is undoubtedly the most concerning factor, though, as it shows the possibility that many established users are quitting Facebook.

Despite the recent falls, Facebook is still on course to reach 700 million users by August, with 600 million users recorded at the start of the year, and 500 million in July 2010.

Have you stopped using Facebook? Do you think its user base will ever reach 1 billion people? Let us know in the forums.

Via The Guardian.
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