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Report: U.S. Facebook usership falls again

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 19 Jul 2012 0:16 User comments (13)

Report: U.S. Facebook usership falls again According to a new report from research firm Capstone Investments, Facebook usership has fallen again, at least in the U.S.
The same may be accurate for other major markets, as well, but growth in Asian nations has helped Facebook keep up strong overall growth numbers.

In the U.S., Facebook's user base dropped 0.7 percent over the past three months, after a 1 percent drop in the three months before that.

The investment firm used proprietary software for the report, analyzing user growth in over 200 countries.

In the U.S., Facebook has more than 50 percent market penetration, just like the company has in 23 other countries. In all but 9 of those nations, the user base fell, showing a trend.

"Facebook penetration estimates indicate that growth starts to flatten or decline once a market exceeds 50% population penetration," reads the report. "We believe this could be an issue for future Facebook growth since we estimate that outside of Southeast Asia and some countries in Latin America, most markets are approaching 50% penetration."

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13 user comments

119.7.2012 1:15

Most of my Facebook friends and relatives just play stupid games all day and post the same old things day after day.They are all trigger happy with the like and share buttons.I kind of get tired of looking at the same things all the time.Maybe I should open up an account for my dog so I can have someone to talk to.


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219.7.2012 12:20

People find new social sites and move on, it happened with Myspace and I'm sure even the giant Facebook will not escape it. I really hate Facebook and most social sites, I am sure many people are realizing it as well. Is it really hard to text or call someone? Sure Facebook is a great way to share photo's but beyond that? Is it the games? They draw you in just long enough to make you want to pay to keep playing, unless you wait several hours or get your friends to help you. Why do you want total strangers knowing stuff about yourself, friends, and family members?

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 19 Jul 2012 @ 12:21

320.7.2012 12:01

Right there with you guys. What's starting to really piss me off here recently is some sites are trying to rope you into linking login information to Facebook as a means advertising.

I.e., you use your Facebook login & that posts to your family/friends as free advertising for them. Some sites can't even be visited without this feature.

Now the damn thing is on my phone & constantly going off with no end in sight.

Kinda makes me yearn for the days of good old fashion arson.


420.7.2012 15:04

Originally posted by LordRuss:
Right there with you guys. What's starting to really piss me off here recently is some sites are trying to rope you into linking login information to Facebook as a means advertising.

I.e., you use your Facebook login & that posts to your family/friends as free advertising for them. Some sites can't even be visited without this feature.

Now the damn thing is on my phone & constantly going off with no end in sight.

Kinda makes me yearn for the days of good old fashion arson.
I never use Facebook, only signed up for it many years ago for a very specific reason. But now almost every damn place wants me to sign in using Facebook or Twit-er, or some other crap social site that I have no use for, and I frikkin HATE it!
Like you said, many places you can't even leave a comment or reply without having to use that social sign-in option...do they think everyone in the world uses this crap or what?

520.7.2012 17:11

if you are one of those who never had an original thought in your life,then facebook is for you.nothing pisses me off more than those "forwarded" emails.if you wanna say hi,how are you,do it.but dont send me jokes and sickly sweet sayings that even you dont understand.sorry,rant over.lol

620.7.2012 21:03

I deactivated my FB account back in Jan and I don't miss it a bit. I look at the things FB has done since I've been gone and I think who the hell do they think they are to be so invasive? And what about changing your email account and not even telling you that they did so. Ugh.


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721.7.2012 15:15

Originally posted by ChappyTTV:
...do they think everyone in the world uses this crap or what?
Kinda where I was going with it... that & they're almost forcing the use of FB on you.

821.7.2012 22:39

Originally posted by LordRuss:
Originally posted by ChappyTTV:
...do they think everyone in the world uses this crap or what?
Kinda where I was going with it... that & they're almost forcing the use of FB on you.
It seems that way doesn't it. I've been a PC security expert since 97 & there have been times that I've had something important to add (at least I think so ;) ) to an article somewhere, and the only way you can comment without doing a full site registration is thru some social site, & I refuse to do either. It ticks me off to no end..

Another thing is that almost all of these social sites are security/privacy nightmares and magnets for professional hackers looking to steal passwords.

921.7.2012 23:57

Originally posted by LordRuss:
Originally posted by ChappyTTV:
...do they think everyone in the world uses this crap or what?
Kinda where I was going with it... that & they're almost forcing the use of FB on you.
Just ran into this damn problem at Lolbucket.com. "Log into FB to leave a reply"...go "F" yourselves Lolbucket

1022.7.2012 10:16

Originally posted by ChappyTTV:
Originally posted by LordRuss:
Originally posted by ChappyTTV:
...do they think everyone in the world uses this crap or what?
Kinda where I was going with it... that & they're almost forcing the use of FB on you.
Just ran into this damn problem at Lolbucket.com. "Log into FB to leave a reply"...go "F" yourselves Lolbucket
Precisely what I was talking about! Then FB starts farming out that info for $ to vendors all over the place. That's another reason why it'll be a while before they disappear despite the fact their popularity & immediate site camping has swayed.

1122.7.2012 16:35

Originally posted by LordRuss:
Originally posted by ChappyTTV:
Originally posted by LordRuss:
Originally posted by ChappyTTV:
...do they think everyone in the world uses this crap or what?
Kinda where I was going with it... that & they're almost forcing the use of FB on you.
Just ran into this damn problem at Lolbucket.com. "Log into FB to leave a reply"...go "F" yourselves Lolbucket
Then FB starts farming out that info for $ to vendors all over the place.
And therein lies the problem Russ. Even such aggregated data is worth money, and they don't give a crap who it is that's buying it. You're also right that it's an issue that's not going to go away anytime soon but most likely to become more common.

1223.7.2012 12:20

Originally posted by ChappyTTV:
Originally posted by LordRuss:
Originally posted by ChappyTTV:
Originally posted by LordRuss:
Originally posted by ChappyTTV:
...do they think everyone in the world uses this crap or what?
Kinda where I was going with it... that & they're almost forcing the use of FB on you.
Just ran into this damn problem at Lolbucket.com. "Log into FB to leave a reply"...go "F" yourselves Lolbucket
Then FB starts farming out that info for $ to vendors all over the place.
And therein lies the problem Russ. Even such aggregated data is worth money, and they don't give a crap who it is that's buying it. You're also right that it's an issue that's not going to go away anytime soon but most likely to become more common.

Just like my kids or a case of painful rectal itch, both of which I wish would go away...

132.8.2012 3:04
joe6
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Originally posted by JST1946:
Most of my Facebook friends and relatives just play stupid games all day and post the same old things day after day.They are all trigger happy with the like and share buttons.I kind of get tired of looking at the same things all the time.Maybe I should open up an account for my dog so I can have someone to talk to.
^I am trigger happy with those buttons for sure. The best part about face book is the comedy. pure entertainment. anyone spying on me through face book would be severely disappointed due to I am just talking about the same old crap. Unless they are spying to steal jokes, then they have a gold mine. lol

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