Facebook User Growth Shows Signs Of Slowing Down

June 13th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Facebook is currently the most popular social networking site today. Its astounding growth have made its presence felt all over the world. But as with most things, it may be quite hard to sustain such growth all of the time. While the number of Facebook users still is increasing all over the world, its growth in terms of active users may be showing signs of slowing down.

According to data collected by Inside Facebook Gold, the rate of growth in terms of new users have slowed down for the popular social networking site for the second straight month. According to the data, Facebook logged in a total of 13.9 million new users in April and 11.8 million users in May. The growth rate for Facebook in the previous year was around 20 million new users each month.

In addition, US and Canada have posted significant user losses in the month of May. In the US, around 6 million subscribers may either have deleted their accounts on Facebook or got rid of second accounts. For whatever reason, Facebook ended up with 149.4 million users by the end of the month. In Canada, there was a loss of 1.52 million subscribers, ending up with a total tally of 16.6 Canadian Facebook users at the end of the month.

Although Facebook has yet to comment on the gradual decrease of users in countries where Facebook first became popular, there have been reasons being offered by experts as to why this is currently happening. One of them is the frustration that some Facebook users may have experienced regarding security and privacy concerns within the site. This may have led some people to delete their accounts in order to get some of their privacy back.

Despite this, Facebook still showed a gradual increase of total subscribers worldwide. It is still poised to reach the 700 million users mark by the year’s end. It currently has a total of 687 active users monthly. But Facebook’s goal of having a billion active users monthly may still be a tough goal to reach, given the significant user losses in the US and Canada.


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