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Is Facebook peaking in the US?
FT Tech Hub ^ | June 13, 2011 | Tim Bradshaw

Posted on 06/18/2011 5:30:35 AM PDT by upchuck

Facebook lost nearly 6m users in the US last month, according to figures from Inside Facebook, sparking fresh concern that the social network’s growth is slowing.

Total monthly active users on the site still grew by 1.7 per cent between the beginning of May and early June, taking its total to 687m, according to Inside Facebook, part of the Inside Network, which provides news and analytics tools for social media, virtual goods and mobile apps.

But in the US there was a drop for the first time in a year, from 155.2m to 149.4m during the month of May. Canada also lost 1.52m users, while the UK, Norway and Russia lost “more than 100,000”.

That was all offset by big gains in Brazil, India, Mexico and Indonesia, Inside Facebook says, but “overall growth has been lower than normal for the second month straight, which is unusual”.

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Is Facebook peaking in the US?

One can certainly hope. What a destructive tool.

1 posted on 06/18/2011 5:30:37 AM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck

I love Facebook! It has been a great way to get back in touch with old friends and relatives! I guess it’s all in the way you use it.


2 posted on 06/18/2011 5:32:15 AM PDT by Cricket24 (Proud to be a CONSERVATIVE WOMAN!!!!!!!)
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To: upchuck

When 90% of the population is on it, it’s has to peak at some point. You’ll always have your 10%


3 posted on 06/18/2011 5:35:48 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: Cricket24

I love FB, too.


4 posted on 06/18/2011 5:36:46 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: upchuck
The simple answer is that Face Book has a problem. A more complex answer is that people facing bankruptcy or home foreclosure are cutting their expenses to the bone ~ which includes NO CABLE TV, NO HIGHSPEED INTERNET, NO LANDLINE TELEPHONE ~ just the basics ~ a cheap cellphone deal from WalMart.

I don't see any room for hooking up Face Book in that.

5 posted on 06/18/2011 5:37:36 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: upchuck

“What a destructive tool.”
Hyperbole is not always your friend.


6 posted on 06/18/2011 5:38:35 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: upchuck

I am no fan of it, but why do you think it is destructive?


7 posted on 06/18/2011 5:39:12 AM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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To: muawiyah

Facebook is free. I think that is what you meant.


8 posted on 06/18/2011 5:39:16 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: upchuck

FaceBook jumped the shark sometime in 2010 but it still will have it’s uses, especially for future president Palin.


9 posted on 06/18/2011 5:43:36 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Cricket24

It is useful too. When I meet a young lady I would like to date, I’ll check her page to see if she is paired.


10 posted on 06/18/2011 5:46:42 AM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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To: AppyPappy

As free as Face Book is, if you don’t have internet access, it ISN’T! All of which makes http://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-Unlimited-Text-Talk-and-Web-Access-30-Day-Service-Card-Email-Delivery/15443344?findingMethod=rr at $45 per month look like a solution!


11 posted on 06/18/2011 5:47:28 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
NO CABLE TV, NO HIGHSPEED INTERNET, NO LANDLINE TELEPHONE


I keep a budget. Along with the budget, I have flagged items to give up if money becomes short. One of the last things I intend to give up is cable TV and High speed internet.

The reason is because there is too much value for the dollars spent.

With Netflik we have all the movies we want to watch. With Facebook, we replace the post office and long distance calls to keep up with family. With the internet we can seek out deals and coupons much better than newspapers could ever do.

But then that is just me.

I suspect the reason facebook has peaked is as someone else mentioned, everyone interested in joining has joined.

12 posted on 06/18/2011 5:48:17 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (California does not have a money problem, it has a spending problem.)
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To: muawiyah

My experience is that expensive cell plans is the LAST thing that people give up


13 posted on 06/18/2011 5:51:11 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Perdogg
why do you think it is destructive?

Because Facebook periodically resets its user's personal settings, exposing you and your info to the world.

Personally, I feel Facebook is evil. That's my opinion, your mileage may vary.

14 posted on 06/18/2011 5:51:20 AM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: CIB-173RDABN
Let's say your budget was limited enough that you had to give up entertainment ~ but you're still looking for employment. That cellphone gives you 24/7 access to employers, and them to you!

Not having the internet (other than that WalMart email link) is something anyone cold deal with for a good long while.

15 posted on 06/18/2011 5:58:24 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

I have a cell phone that only cost $10 a month (no frills, unlimited calls) so I have that covered. Anyone can get the same deal, there is no reason to have an expensive cell phone.

Next, I am retired, not really looking for a job.

Last, I keep my cell phone turned off unless I want to make a call.

But like I said, this is just me, others have different priorities.


16 posted on 06/18/2011 6:02:07 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (California does not have a money problem, it has a spending problem.)
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To: upchuck

But felons like it they know what you have and when your not home,facebook should be called blabbook.


17 posted on 06/18/2011 6:04:35 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz

BlabBook! I like that!

I have a facebook page with a fake name so I can access other pages (ie-coupons)

{I have ‘no friends’ - boo-hoo, lol}

Facebook = TMI


18 posted on 06/18/2011 6:15:45 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Vaduz

I’m sure many of these Wienerests are simply hiding some of their prurient disorders.


19 posted on 06/18/2011 6:17:26 AM PDT by yorkie01
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To: upchuck

Can’t stand FB. Don’t have an account. Don’t want an account. Am doing fine without an account. No needs to know what I had for breakfast and I don’t give a rat’s rear what flavor Starbucks they picked up this morning.


20 posted on 06/18/2011 6:36:37 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Vaduz

But felons like it they know what you have and when your not home,facebook should be called blabbook.

Agreed!

Way too much blabbing going on. Getting wind of family feuds started on FB.

If it is good for obama and the dems, what’s to like about it?

Dirty laundry in the street.

Time waster, site for long nose busybodies.

Is your mind being improved while exercising FB?

I’m sure there is more.

Is your body being exercised or improved while exercising FB? Guess that could apply for FR as well. Must be time to go to the HUCK Fest in Sturgis.


21 posted on 06/18/2011 6:37:53 AM PDT by wita
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To: upchuck
I think Facebook will get a new boost of popularity once their tablet-based app arrives--first for the iPad and a little later for tablets running Android 3.1, the updated version of Honeycomb.
22 posted on 06/18/2011 6:39:12 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: CIB-173RDABN

Having internet access when you are down on your luck, laid off, etc, is crucial. All about job hunting, and that is how you job hunt. Unless someone wants to drive to Starbucks, library, and spend forever in an uncomfortable environment job hunting. I have had several periods over the last 15 years where I have had to cut out a lot, but kept internet access.

In fact, with some of the VOIP technologies, you can get cheaper phone access at home. I have Magicjack, $20 a year.


23 posted on 06/18/2011 6:43:06 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: wita
BUMP!

Is your body being exercised or improved while exercising FB? Guess that could apply for FR as well.

I agree FR does not exercise your body. But FR, unlike FB, exercises your mind.

24 posted on 06/18/2011 6:44:34 AM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Perdogg

I’m not the individual who said that FB was destructive, but from a law enforcement point-of-view, Facebook is a great tool for criminals.

People accept friend, who they may know noting about, and then share all kinds of intimate details such as work schedules, vacations, and so on. Now, the guy who wants to rob your house knows that you just bought a new flat-screen TV or computer and that you’ll be at work from 8 -4 and the dog is at the vet getting fixed.

FB can also be used for cyberstalking, corporate espionage, child luring and exploitation and so on.

Not just FB, like everything else, all of the features for the average user are also features that can be used by the bad guys. And people tend to put way, way too much personal information out on the Internet.


25 posted on 06/18/2011 7:23:24 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: AppyPappy

I have a smart phone and thus, for $75 per month, I no longer need a land line or land internet, or an mp3 player or a gps etc. That is why the cell is the last to go... it is saving me money. Luckily I am blessed to be relatively comfortable in my finances at this time.


26 posted on 06/18/2011 7:34:51 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: upchuck

What you put on Facebook is up to you. If you put your SSN, address, phone number, bank account information, questionable or incriminating photos and criminal background history on there, it is your own fault. If you put little info other than your name and G rated photos to share with friends and family, there is nothing to see. It is all how you use it. It certainly can be destructive if you choose to make it that way, but it can also be a great tool. I disagree that it is intrinsically evil.


27 posted on 06/18/2011 7:42:13 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: ilovesarah2012

I rarely get an email from friends or family these days . Everybody connects through Facebook . Love it !


28 posted on 06/18/2011 3:02:54 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: wolfman23601

I agree. My younger relatives no longer use email. They communicate thru facebook private messaging. I have been put back in contact with people I hadn’t heard from in years. It just depends on how you use it. And that you set your privacy settings correctly.


29 posted on 06/18/2011 3:12:14 PM PDT by Fu-fu2
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To: upchuck

Why do you think it is destructive?


30 posted on 06/18/2011 3:16:51 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: sushiman

Me, too. And I love seeing pictures of everyone and keeping up with long-lost friends and relatives. And discussions with other conservatives.


31 posted on 06/18/2011 3:57:10 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: upchuck
Tomorrow's headlines Today:

Peking Facebook Peeking Peaking!


32 posted on 06/18/2011 4:00:47 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: upchuck

I’ve been cautious with FB, but their obvious data mining is becoming blatant. In the last few weeks, I keep getting friend suggestions for people whom I ONLY know professionally. How deep is the mining to put those suggestions together.


33 posted on 06/18/2011 4:01:38 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Gov. Perry is a solid conservative... as long as it's campaign season.)
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To: AppyPappy

The Wal-Mart Straight Talk is a great deal. $45 per month for unlimited talk, text and internet and I haven’t had any problems with service anywhere. Been using it a long time. No contract, no sign-up fee, just pay as you go.


34 posted on 06/18/2011 4:02:07 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: upchuck
I can't stand facebook..............we grudgingly joined because that is where the grandkids pictures are.

The program, to me is slow and cluncky.

I would be happy if they just sent them by email.

35 posted on 06/18/2011 4:06:45 PM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: muawiyah

Some employers now require you to apply online. And you can find all sorts of jobs on one website. I don’t see how people live without the internet. If I had to, I could, but I sue wouldn’t want to.


36 posted on 06/18/2011 4:21:59 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: upchuck

Primary function?

Screen tenants.


37 posted on 06/18/2011 4:33:17 PM PDT by Chickensoup (The right to bear arms is proved to prevent government genocide. Protect yourself!)
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To: Cricket24
I love Facebook! It has been a great way to get back in touch with old friends and relatives! I guess it’s all in the way you use it.

Me too. But... that sort of thing is pretty much the limit of it's use usefulness. It's not the greatest thing since sliced bread... it's not the invention of television or the automobile... it's just a bit easier than sitting down and writing postcards.

38 posted on 06/18/2011 4:38:22 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Fu-fu2

They are nuts to use FB mail. FB archives everything,


39 posted on 06/18/2011 4:38:31 PM PDT by Chickensoup (The right to bear arms is proved to prevent government genocide. Protect yourself!)
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To: Sawdring
Why do you think it is destructive?

See reply #33 for one example. There are many others.

Plus, have you ever tried to quit Facebook? You can't; it's like Hotel California in the Eagles song,

Last thing I remember, I was running for the door,
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before,
"Relax," said the night man, "We are programmed to receive,
You can check out anytime you like... but you can never leave"

40 posted on 06/18/2011 4:42:32 PM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: upchuck

Once you get half the country it’s hard to keep climbing. And it’s no more destructive a tool than any other website.


41 posted on 06/18/2011 4:47:04 PM PDT by discostu (Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn)
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To: Professional Engineer

Not deep at all. It means they let it scan their PAB to compare it to their list and see the matches and send friend requests. It’s voluntary by the user, that’s not mining.


42 posted on 06/18/2011 4:53:14 PM PDT by discostu (Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn)
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To: Chickensoup

I use FB mail all the time. Don’t care if they archive, nothing I put in ANY e-mail (almost all of which is archived by somebody) would get me in trouble.


43 posted on 06/18/2011 5:02:31 PM PDT by discostu (Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn)
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To: Revolting cat!

LOL!


44 posted on 06/18/2011 5:03:34 PM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: discostu

tracks you.


45 posted on 06/18/2011 5:17:15 PM PDT by Chickensoup (The right to bear arms is proved to prevent government genocide. Protect yourself!)
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To: muawiyah

“Let’s say your budget was limited enough that you had to give up entertainment ~ but you’re still looking for employment. That cellphone gives you 24/7 access to employers, and them to you!

Not having the internet (other than that WalMart email link) is something anyone cold deal with for a good long while.”

Actually, I was in that boat a good long while. Let’s see. Phone got chopped in August. When I finally got hired, I was hired by a company who advertised on the internet and hired through email.

I still haven’t bothered to restore phone service. It’s just not worth the bother.


46 posted on 06/18/2011 6:18:45 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: BenKenobi

Guess you can do that ~ but there are employers who like to set up appointments for interviews on the phone ~ suit and tie and all that.


47 posted on 06/18/2011 6:31:03 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Neither one of my employers hired through the phone.

I’ve cut it off since last August, and funny thing? I don’t miss it. If people want to get ahold of me, they can send me an email and I’ll get back to them.

From a cost-effectiveness standpoint, having access to email is FAR more valuable than a phone.


48 posted on 06/18/2011 6:39:37 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: BenKenobi
By itself I suppose, but it's going to be bundled in some way.

So, how do you get your email?

49 posted on 06/18/2011 6:42:15 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: discostu

Compare “what” is my question. Email address? Totally seperate. Employers? All mine on FB are fictitious. Date of birth and hometown? Change every few months.


50 posted on 06/18/2011 6:48:42 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Gov. Perry is a solid conservative... as long as it's campaign season.)
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