Chart of the Week: Facebook Growing Fast, Now Has More Than 200 Million Users

Facebook, the social networking site, now has more than 200 million users with over 100 million users logging in daily, the site said.

In just the last six months, Facebook says that it added more than 23 million new users in the U.S. alone. The Silicon Alley Insider, a trade publication, noted that if Facebook were a country, the number of users would be the equivalent of the fifth most populated nation in the world, behind China, India, the United States, and Indonesia.

“The U.S. had more Facebook users than any other country. However, the largest concentration of users was in the Eastern U.S. and Western Europe,” wrote eMarketer in its analysis of the recently released Facebook numbers.

“From January to March 2009, people age 26 to 44 made up the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. Facebook population,” said eMarketer, “and other countries will undoubtedly follow that path.”

Two interesting trends could be seen in the Facebook audience figures. First, more women use Facebook, regardless of age. This could be an indication that social networks are fulfilling a psychological need to connect.

Second, as mentioned above, the site continued to see more growth with users over age 26, with the majority of the growth coming from 35 to 44 years of age.

Armando Roggio

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