Which country do you think will have the most Facebook users in 2016? If you guessed the U.S., you’d be wrong, according to research firm eMarketer.
When Facebook users aren’t sending Pitbull to Kodiak, Alaska, they are engaging with the hip-hop superstar’s Facebook page at a rate 60 percent to 80 percent higher than some of the social network’s most-liked celebrities, including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Eminem, and Justin Bieber, according to social publishing firm theAudience, which helps Pitbull program his page.
Facebook users most likely can’t go one day without seeing a someecard pop up in their News Feeds. People love them. Brands love them. They’re funny, snarky, honest — and ubiquitous throughout Facebook. Someecards Co-Founder and CEO Duncan Mitchell told AllFacebook that the site sees somewhere between 1.5 million and 2 million visits per month from the social network. But how did it all get started?
While most baseball fans either love or hate the New York Yankees, the team is growing in Facebook popularity. Already the most-liked baseball team on Facebook, the Yankees have added the most likes this past week of any Major League Baseball team, and by a wide margin. The team that has gained the second-most likes this week is the Los Angeles Dodgers, followed by the Boston Red Sox, and the Atlanta Braves.
Facebook has been making a push to get users to like more pages. It appears to be working. As Socialbakers notes, the average Facebook user in 2009 liked 4.5 pages. Now that figure has risen to 40. In the U.S., Facebook users like an average of 70 pages.
As Facebook mentioned in its 10-K filing, the site still has a serious problem with fake profiles, used to bolster shady pages’ fan metrics. It appears that the social network did some cleaning up in January, as several countries (notably the U.S. and Indonesia) lost a great number of users last month, according to Quintly. All around the world, more than 4 million users’ profiles were deleted in January.
Since 2010, PayPal has been one of the main methods of payment for Facebook developers. But as Facebook grows, the company is changing its PayPal policies for new developers in emerging markets, such as China, Brazil, and India. According to TechCrunch, developers in several countries must show extra identification as a means of authentication, such as photo IDs or incorporation papers, in order to be paid via direct deposit.
Facebook is increasingly becoming an international phenomenon, as Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that his goal for the company is to connect the world. While that might take a while, Facebook is rapidly growing in countries such as Brazil, South Korea, and Russia, according to new data from sister company Quintly (formerly AllFacebook Stats).