2012-13: 50% rise in Facebook users in India

Yesterday’s report from Facebook suggests that there has been an impressive increase in user base of Facebook users in India – 50% over a year. Some highlights,

  • Facebook has 1.11 billion Monthly Active Users (MAU) across the world.
  • A whopping 751 million users access Facebook via their mobile device.
  • MAU’s in India increased by 50% to 78 million in Q1 2013 compared to Q1 2012 [Jan-Mar]
  • The number of users who are accessing Facebook only through their mobile device is on the rise

Here is a look at how the number of active users at Facebook has grown,

– End of 2004: 1 million
– End of 2005: 5.5 million
– End of 2006: 12 million
– April 2007: 20 million
– October 2007: 50 million
– August 2008: 100 million
– January 2009: 150 million
– February 2009: 175 million
– April 2009: 200 million
– July 2009: 250 million
– September 2009: 300 million
– End of 2009: 350 million
– February 2010: 400 million
– July 2010: 500 million
– End of 2010: 608 million
– July 2011: 750 million
– September 2011: 800 million
– End of 2011: 845 million
– March 2012: 901 million
– June 2012: 955 million
– September 2012: 1.01 billion
– December 2012: 1.06 billion
– March 2013: 1.11 billion

While all of this sounds good we have to worry about the ‘mental health‘ of Facebook users. Very active users of Facebook tend to complain of loneliness and losing social connections in the offline world.

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