Facebook is handily winning the battle of social networks in south Asia. According to a new study by Jana, Facebook is the social network of choice in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Vietnam, toppling Twitter, Google Plus, and Zing. In nearly every country, more than 70 percent of respondents said they use Facebook more than any other social media site.
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.
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.
Back in July, we wrote about ecommerce site Limited Run, which shuttered its Limited Pressing Facebook page, claiming that 80 percent of click-throughs to its page from Facebook were initiated by bots, according to a page logger that it built when it found that only 20 percent of click-throughs were actually arriving at its site. Online advertising firm Solve Media took a closer look at the issue of bots and uncovered some alarming statistics.
The BBC reported the results of its investigation of the effectiveness of advertising on Facebook, and while it did illustrate some valid concerns, such as fake profiles, the questionable tactics used in its made-up advertising campaign overrode several of its other findings.
Here are ten countries in which at least 86 percent of the online population is on Facebook.