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Facebook continues to extend its global social-networking hegemony, having established itself as the most-used such service in the vast majority of countries surveyed in a recent study. "Facebook with 1 billion active users has established its leadership position in 127 out of 137 countries analyzed," blogged Italian …


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  1. LarsG

    How many are actually real people.

    I see that St Helena appears with over 12,000 users but with a population of only 4000 adults and no Internet connection to the island I have a suspicion all is not what it should be?

    1. JDX Gold badge

      You could say the same about most social networks though so unless you can argue why the ratio of fake:real accounts is substantially higher on FB (other than on strict sites which demand real-ID verification) this doesn't appear to change anything.

    2. Ole Juul

      I would argue that Facebook has a higher percentage of active accounts than a typical forum where it's probably no higher than 10%. St Helena could be a good indication. I bet Facebook might even have 20% active accounts.

    3. Guillermo Lo Coco

      I agree, Skype also put so many active users that make me laugh. And i feel there are more gTalk users (some trapped in gmail) than skype clients.

      For FB i feel the same, same as hotmail acclaim of millons of users (undeleted users remaining from pre-2000 era) :)))

      Twitter had thousand accounts, but right now i have my doubts, and feel G+ winning clearly over Twitter, or near to.

      Anyway, anyone who claim big numbers do not make him instantly big.

  2. JDX Gold badge

    Poor old Google

    Can't even maintain a dominant position, let alone steal users off FB.

  3. nuked

    If I were not the US, or friends of the US, I'd ban Facebook in my country too.

  4. Tom Maddox Silver badge


    I predict many anti-Facebook comments which amount to the above.

  5. NomNomNom

    facebook is like a toilet at the festival. you and your friends fill it with shit to the point that you feel sickened whenever you visit so you put off going as long as possible but inevitably you have to but there's no flush only a like button.

    that was the best analogy i could come up with, the like-being-raped-as-a-child wasn't appropriate.

    1. Great Bu

      As a slight tangent.....

      With those festival toilets, when you get to the Monday and look in and see the turd pile rising magnificently over the rim by a good 8 inches, it always occured to me that some previous cutomer had opened the door, seen the pile a mere 4 inches above the horizon and thought to themselves "I can fit another one on there...." and presumably then carried out a feat of ninja-like balancing well beyond most Monday festival attendees in order to lay the final crest of 'mount feeshus' without also creating arse dimps on the summit.

      1. NomNomNom

        Re: As a slight tangent.....

        i always assumed someone had fallen in and it was a demonstration of the archimedes principle

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      The festival toilet analogy fits perfectly, but it must be said you haven't really lived until you've experienced the visitors toilet in the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs at Lok Nayak Bhawan in Delhi on a really hot (47C) June day. I had thought I'd seen the ultimate in unsanitary sanitary facilities at the Stonehenge festivals in the 80's, but after spending every day for a week at LNB waiting for a signature on some papers and experiencing Toilet Fear every time my stomach twitched convinced me I'd finally seen the true Heart Of Darkness. If facebook gets that bad, we really do have problems.

  6. Ashton Black


    What's Facebook?

    1. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

      Re: Hmmm....

      It's a form of prostitution, it's a publicly quoted corporation, meaning that it is only answerable to its stock holders, where people volunteer to be the product on sale.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Facebook's high water mark

    There was a study reported on here (last year I think) which suggested that facebook's user base flattened out and didn't exceed 50 percent in any of the countries in which it operates, which puts its supposed dominance into perspective. Since not all of that 50 percent will be 'active' users, it rather punctures the notion of inevitability that seems to drive a good deal of facebooks takeup; people signing up because everyone else has. If "everyone else" turns out to be a good deal less than half the population, you're still on the right side of herd instinct by saying "get fucked Zuck".

    Yahoo looked pretty unstoppable in 1998, but once Google had pissed on its solitary useful trick, the game was up bar a long decline. We've seen facebook's solitary (apparently) useful offering to date, connecting people, and I seriously doubt it can repeat the trick sufficiently to retain the user base it has, let alone attract the refuseniks, so I'd personally bet on a long slow decline to irrelevance, dragged out only by wishful thinking from the ad pimps and a wad of cash.

  8. Zero Sum
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    Film and music on V Kontakte

    One advantage of VK is that people can upload all of their music and films and no-one makes any copyright noise. Plenty of English language material as well.

    Interestingly, this behaviour is specifically prohibited in the terms and conditions agreement, but nothing ever seems to be done about it.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I zoomed the map

    My house appears to be included in the blue (FB) zone.


  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Active" users

    Ok, so I open my own facebook page occasionaly, just to pick up some message by our family members who live abroad. All games are blocked, all other "friends" are unsubscribed, if ever I post something myself (once a year?) I make sure only a very select set of family members get to see it - as far as the settings in FB work - which they probably don't.

    I suppose I'm being considered as an "active" user too?

    Funny thing is I never refuse a friend request, they all get added to my "Nothing personal" group, from where they can see nothing, and I also can't be bothered by them. At least to them, I look like the inactive user that I really am I suppose.

    Very accurate, the "festival toilet" analogy by @NomNomNom...

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't be one of the sheep!

    Boycott Facebook (and Twitter for that matter)

    Someone told me that I should 'get with it' and sign up to FB not that long ago. I replied that 'I am proud NOT to be one of the FB sheep. I am not a number, I am different'.

    They wern't old enough to get the 'I am not a number' reference.


    My home firewall blocks all access to FB and Twitter much to the annoyance of the Grandchildren and to the pleasure of their parents.

    1. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

      Re: Don't be one of the sheep!

      I'm going to give you a downvote for that despite agreeing with you.

      NomNomNom "festival toilet" analogy is very good and is applicable to any social networking medium, even the so called 'professional' ones like linkedin.

      However there is no getting away from the fact that social networking is here to stay, I'm happy to say that the friends I have on farcebook are real friends or are ex-colleagues and farcebook is a very convenient medium for keeping in touch despite the real friend who is a conspiracy theorist, but then I put up with that when I worked with him. It really depends on whether you want to open your "festival toilet" to everyone or just to your close friends who are going to respect it.

      Brian: Look, you've got it all wrong! You don't need to follow me...

      You've got to think for yourselves! You're all individuals!

      Facebook: Yes! We're all individuals!

      Brian: You're all different!

      Facebook: Yes! We're all different!

      Man: I'm not.

      Facebook: Shhh!

      1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

        "a very convenient medium for keeping in touch"

        Bollocks, my good sir.

        The only "very convenient" medium I need is email, and I don't need any "social network" for that.

        My real, actual friends have my email and my phone number. The rest I don't need to talk to anyway outside of polite social recognition in public areas.

        Facebook is a social network only for those who don't have a network and can't be arsed to make one. Which obviously makes for a LOT of people.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Don't be one of the sheep!

      Now get off my lawn.

  12. ramblog

    er.... Plus?

    Its established fact that Google Plus has a gazillion users and its growing by billions per month.

    Did they all get off before Vince took his screenshot?

  13. The Alpha Klutz

    large numbers of facebook users

    have personality disorders

  14. Loki23
    Big Brother

    What else is there?

    My own use of Facebook has been dropping off recently - I only use it for pictures or planning events really. However I don't see anything else to go to - If I go google plus then half my friends aren't on it - and it ties me even more into the Google environment. At least being Google(Android) and Facebook I can count on them to compete with each other and not share too much data between themselves.

    I used to quite like Flickr - but the big problems of having to get people to sign up if I wanted to control access to photos killed that and I liked to tag people in it with metadata which it didn't support then.

    I may be alone in these comments in wanting some kind of Social Media but what else is there?

    However I suspect that my age (39) means I'm drifting out of the group that Facebook and the others are marketing to anyway.

    1. bailey86

      Re: What else is there?

      You can share stuff from Google Plus to people via their email address.

      This is one big advantage of G Plus - I have members of my extended family in my Family circle and not all of them are on G Plus. But I can add my mother-in-law to the circle just with her email address. That way - when I share pics of the litt'luns she gets an email through with a link to the pics.

      The circles idea is nice and easy to use. It means that if I share pics of the kids I can share them with family only and not with friends/associates who wouldn't be interested in them.

  15. mamsey

    DRC for me then...

    Or any other of the Central African countries... Western Sahara is nice this time of year.

  16. What of IT?

    What?... No....


    I thought it was a mandatory El Reg rule to include the "bitch" exclamation in all facebook related articles.

    Have some consistency dammit.

    1. lglethal Silver badge

      Re: What?... No....

      No thats only when Zucks is involved. Discussions about fb are fine without using the attached "bitch"... so stop "bitching"... ;)

  17. Michael Jennings


    The 2009 map shows South Korea in Blue (Facebook dominent) and the 2012 map shows it red (QZone dominant). This is the only territory on the map that I can see that has moved away from Facebook in that time. It's a large, rich, and culturally sophisticated country, too. Has South Korea really moved to a Chinese controlled social network in the last three years? I wouldn't have thought this likely.

  18. Jabber 44


    Just reading this... Then remembered it was ages since I checked my FB.. Went on and got sidetracked... Wrote a couple of pithy comments...

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  20. Tikimon

    Fundamental conflict, Facebook is not the final answer

    Users want to share with those they want to share with. They want to limit who sees what, control what can be done with Their Stuff.

    Social networks want to share everyone's stuff with everyone. They make more money whoring your data to all and sundry. It's a fundamental conflict for which the best we can hope is a compromise. Unfortunately, Faceborg goes way overboard, with blatant disregard for users.

    Social networking is here to stay, but it does NOT have to be the creepy, F-ck You style that Facebook is becoming reviled for. Every unstoppable giant eventually falls hard, their turn will come. Not soon enough though...

  21. Andrew 73

    I went outside once...

    The graphics were amazing but the gameplay was terrible...

  22. Jess

    Just tried VK

    Having just disabled my FB account for a bit, and having finished listening to the Michel Thomas method Advance Russian CDs, I thought I'd give it a try.

    It actually seems far better than facebook. (A bit like facebook was before it went crap, but with sensible search facilities.)

    If only it had some users I know.

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