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    Facebook Is Losing Users In The Countries Where It Took Off First

    Something strange is going on: Facebook is losing customers.

    Lots of customers. According to Inside Facebook's data service, Facebook lost 6 million users in the U.S. last month, dropping from 155.2 million to 149.4 million. That's the first time U.S. numbers have dropped in more than a year.
    It also lost 1.52 million users in Canada, dropping to 16.6 million -- that's an 8% drop -- and 100,000 each in the U.K., Norway, and Russia.
    Facebook Is Losing Users In The Countries Where It Took Off First

    Is FB less successful?
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    As some said in the comments it might just be a seasonal thing, and with over 500 million users across the globe losing less than 10 million might not mean much. I'm also not seeing buzz about anything new that people might be drawn to. It could also be just early adopters quitting.

    Long term I think social media is here to stay, but evolve, regardless of whether it will be Facebook carrying the torch or something else (even multiple players). Social media and search are going to merge as well, if nothing else then cause the search engine will become almost like a person with which you have to have a relationship (he might be called Watson), but I'm talking crazy now.

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    I don't think social media and search are going to merge, I guess some people wish that but in my personal opinion it is something different.

    It just reminds me the race of first video standard between VHS, Betamax and V2000
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    Facebook is about family and friends.
    Business wise, I don't see many businesses really taking off by using facebook.
    Not too many people really want to follow Joe's Diner or Mick the Marketer.

    Give it a bit of time, but facebook will slowly become irrelevant to business.

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    Well, on Facebook a lot depends on how you use it and who you befriend. I hear a friend complain of being vary of Facebook because he gets a lot of bible quotes and religious stuff like that which he doesn't like. I on the other hand get a lot about music, and find it more satisfying. The difference is in whom I have as facebook friends (not necessarily the same thing as "real friends"). One can perfectly use his or her Facebook profile for some, at least complementary, business connections.

    That said, business itself is getting more "personal". I personally don't believe in much of a distinction between professional and personal. If you're in the right business (something you love and are great at), the two will intermingle. Ideal should be no significant separation. Ideal marketing should also be "down to Earth" and intermingling with the audience as opposed to pushing our stuff to them, but otherwise acting like we're something special.

    BUT, I did mention social media in general so even if Facebook isn't suitable for businesses that says nothing about how suitable social media in general is. LinkedIn is a great example of a popular social network for professionals.

    I think I've posted about this in similar terms in some other topic.

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    Could Twitter be digging into FB's userbase? I've been spending more time on Twitter lately and it's a bit addictive. My Twitter friends are just more interesting than my Facebook friends.
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    I read somewhere that twitter is moving into facebook territory.
    It is more instant, and like you said, more interactive than facebook.
    Now that twitter has it's own photo service, why post on facebook.

    Yes, I spend way too much time on twitter.

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    Looks like I spend way too little time on Twitter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by memenode View Post
    The difference is in whom I have as facebook friends (not necessarily the same thing as "real friends"). One can perfectly use his or her Facebook profile for some, at least complementary, business connections.

    That said, business itself is getting more "personal". I personally don't believe in much of a distinction between professional and personal. If you're in the right business (something you love and are great at), the two will intermingle. Ideal should be no significant separation. Ideal marketing should also be "down to Earth" and intermingling with the audience as opposed to pushing our stuff to them, but otherwise acting like we're something special.
    Social media doesn't necessarily mean "social" as in "personal". Another way to look at social media angle is through the link between web technology and communication especially smartphones like the iphone and blackberry.

    I agree with you that social media is a great opportunity for businesses to interact with the consumer. However, Facebook is a double edged sword. There's lots of traffic and you're customers are there. But in my opinion facebook is the new MySpace and has elements of the 1970s CB (citizen band radio) fad. Case in point: Congressman Anthony Weiner admits that he sent photos of his junk over Twitter after first claiming he was hacked.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    Could Twitter be digging into FB's userbase? I've been spending more time on Twitter lately and it's a bit addictive. My Twitter friends are just more interesting than my Facebook friends.
    Infact i am using both but not for the business purpose but only for family-friends purpose.

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