June 13, 2011
New figures released Monday report that Facebook, the popular social networking site, lost members in both the U.S. and Canada last month. [AFP]
Facebook had 687 million members at the start of June, said Inside Facebook, which closely tracks developments and trends at the Palo Alto, California-based social network.
Inside Facebook said overall growth at the social networking giant “has been lower than normal for the second month straight, which is unusual.”
Facebook gained 11.8 million members in May and 13.9 million in April — down from the usual 20 million new users a month seen in previous months, it said.
The United States lost nearly six million users in May, falling from 155.2 million at the start of May to 149.4 million at the end of it.
Meanwhile, in Great Britain, an estimated 100,000 Facebook users deactivated their accounts.
Internet psychologist Graham Jones predicted that Facebook users will suffer the same kind of ‘fatigue’ that comes whenever men and women get bored with trying anything that is new. He said: ‘People get terribly excited about something new and after a while the novelty wears off.