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Are Facebook Numbers Going Down?

Posted on: June 14, 2011

Last year Facebook reached 500 million members and earlier this year hit 600 million. However, there have been recent reports that Facebook numbers are starting to dwindle.  Several social media reporters and tech sites have blogged and tweeted about it, but they failed to mention two possible key factors for the  numbers drop.

1). Facebook recently cracked down on all of the under age 13 members and deleted their accounts. Unfortunately, millions of these under aged kids are signing up on Facebook every day and their numbers could be skewing the results.

2). Facebook’s recent Group upgrade is causing millions old Group pages to be archived into files that will no longer be accessible. Since millions of members created multiple group accounts and have abandoned these pages, these totals can also skew the results.

Both of these changes have and will continue to affect Facebook’s overall numbers. However, I don’t see this lasting too long. I think the numbers will continue to rise as they inch closer to 700 million users worldwide. There’s still a very good chance that Facebook’s member total could come close to 1 billion.

It will be interesting to see what happens once Facebook launches its IPO in the early part of 2012. Will it have a positive or negative effect on their audience? We’ll have to wait and see.

What do you think will happen? Let us know.

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2 Responses to "Are Facebook Numbers Going Down?"

facebook is a privacy nightmare, and unless they change that, which I do not see happening given their past behavior, they should shutdown, soon after people get bored with too much social interaction. many of my friends do not know where all that time they spent on facebook went and are meeting real people or their friend face too face, and not on facebook.

Interesting points about #Facebook ! Thank you for your feedback!

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