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Facebook Tops 25 Million Monthly Mobile Users

  • Posted: Wednesday, February 04, 2009
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  • Author: pradhana
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  • Filed under: Facebook

By Jason Ankeny

Speaking last week at the 2009 World Economic Forum event in Davos, Switzerland, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the social networking giant now welcomes more than 25 million mobile users each month--in November, Facebook announced its mobile userbase had expanded from 5 million to 15 million since the beginning of 2008. According to unofficial Facebook blog AllFacebook's application metrics, the site now boasts more than 4 million daily active users from its top three mobile applications.

AllFacebook states there are now 1.64 million Facebook for iPhone users visiting Facebook each day, followed by about 1.56 million daily active users via Facebook for BlackBerry. The general Facebook Mobile app counts just under a million daily active users. The report adds that its data does not account for Palm application users or wireless subscribers who access Facebook by means other than the sanctioned apps, which could add another million active daily mobile users to the headcount.

In late January, browser developer Opera Software reported Facebook and its Russian counterpart vKontakte are the most visited social networks for Opera Mini users. Opera's latest State of the Mobile Web report notes that the total number of Opera Mini browser users who visited Facebook grew more than 693 percent in 2008--vKontakte usage increased almost 910 percent last year, which the firm credits to the popularity of Opera Mini in Russian-speaking countries.

From a global perspective, Friendster is now the third most-visited social networking site by Opera Mini users, experiencing 670 percent growth in 2008--MySpace ranked eighth overall with 618 percent growth last year, although it placed second in the U.S. behind Facebook. [FierceMobileContent]

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