By Emma Elebeke, with agency report
The number of Nigerians that have signed up to Facebook,as a means of communication and interactions, has increased from 400, 000 in the last four years crossing 4.3 million mark at the end of December, 2011.
Avaialable report from the global 2011 Facebook usage report of the World Internet Status, Nigeria ranked third position in terms of the number of Facebook users in the African continent. Coming ahead of Nigeria according to the report, were Egypt and South Africa with 9.4 million and 4.8 million users respectively.
Moroco came fourth with 4.1 million Facebook users; Algeria with 2.8 million users maintains fifth position while Tunisia recorded 2.7 million Facebook users at the ended of December, 2011 making it clinch the sixth position in the continent.
Ghana on its part, beat other African countries with a 1.1 million Facebook subscriber mark recorded in the country as at end of 2011.
According to the report, social media has continued to assume unprecendented growth, with Facebook leading the pack with 799 million subscribers at end of 2011, with the networking sites allowing people across the world to share photographs and videos and post regular updates of their movements and thoughts.
Earlier in October, 2011, an International Telecommunication Union report has shown that with a total of 3.7 million users, Nigeria ranks 37th in the world when it comes to the number of Facebook users per country. Egypt and South Africa are the two countries that were ahead of Nigeria in Facebook usage with 8.5 million and 4.3 million users respectively.
According to ITU Director of Telecommunications development Bureau, Mr. Brahima Sanou, the United States of America leads the pack with 154 million users on the global ranking.
“Statistics on the number of Facebook users are widely cited, especially given their impressive growth rates over the past few years, but little is published about how those statistics are compiled, or what they actually represent,” said Sanou.