A World Map of Leading Social Networks

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Facebook’s international growth continues at a torrid pace in many countries around the world. Now, Vincenzo Cosenza – translator of Inside Facebook’s Facebook Marketing Bible in Italian – La Bibbia del Marketing su Facebook – has created a world map visualizing just where Facebook leads, and where it trails other regional networks, based on Alexa and Google Trends data.

As you can see from Cosenza’s map, Facebook is leading in many large markets around the globe, with some notable exceptions. Facebook’s international growth over the last 18 months has been nothing short of remarkable. Currently, over 70% of Facebook’s 200 million active users are located outisde the United States, and the site has been fully translated by users into over 60 languages, with dozens more in process.

Nevertheless, Facebook isn’t close to QQ or other market leaders in China, Orkut is still leading in Brazil and India, Hi5 in Mexico and a few other countries around the world, Maktoob is leading in some middle eastern countries, and VKontakte is leading in Russia.

For more details on Facebook’s international growth trends, check out Inside Facebook’s Facebook Global Monitor – June 2009 Edition.