Despite all the grousing and complaining and legions of stories about teens defecting, Facebook remains the world’s most expansive social network.
You may not like it but Facebookistan (even without the teens in residence) remains the dominant overlay in 127 out of 137 countries surveyed by Italian media strategist and blogger, Vincenzo Cosenza, for his periodic World Map of Social Networks.
“Facebook has now 1,189 billion monthly active users, but it is growing less rapidly than before (it has added just 34 million active users in 6 months),” Cosenza posts. “351 million users in Asia, 276 million in Europe, 199 million in US & Canada, 362 million in remaining countries.”
He also notes Facebook lost its dominance in Kyrgyzstan but replaced social network Maktoob as the dominant social platform in Syria. Or, maybe, “among Syrians,” many of whom have fled that violence torn nation.
Cosenza draws his data from Alexa but points out a significant caveat when it comes to comparing Facebook dominance with Google+ because, like most researchers, he notes Google+ traffic is always difficult to quantify or isolate because it is so emmeshed in total Google traffic. And total Google traffic far and away dominates the sum total of the InterWebzez.
Check out the blog post, though, because on it is a GIF map showing the changes and evolution of social networking dominance in various countries over the past five years.
You can even learn how social networks “V Kontakte and Odnoklassniki are still struggling to conquer the market” in Russia.