Facebook has been growing by leaps and bounds in 2008. In June, Facebook became the largest social network by reach at 132 million uniques, a 35% jump from the end of 2007, according to comScore.
Inside Facebook has been gathering per-country data periodically from Facebook’s advertising tools over the last year. Since our last report on Facebook’s international growth in July:
- Facebook’s user base grew by nearly 25% to 102 million active users. Facebook added nearly 20 million more members during the third quarter, 80% of which came from outside the US.
- 17 countries now have more than 1 million Facebook users: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, Chile, France, Australia, Colombia, Venezuela, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Argentina. South Africa and Belgium will be next to cross the mark.
- Facebook’s torrid growth in Europe and South America has continued. 10 of the 15 fastest growing countries in 3Q08 were European; 3 were South American.
Here’s a look at the top 25 Facebook user populations by country, the fastest growing countries during 3Q08, and the fastest growing countries overall for 2008. (Note: this data is self-reported by Facebook users, and growth rates are approximately but not exactly quarterly.)
Top 25 Countries on Facebook as of 8 October 2008
Top 40 Fastest Growing Countries on Facebook in 3Q08 (%)
Top 40 Fastest Growing Countries on Facebook in 2008 (%)
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