Facebook Losing UK & US Users: Twitter’s Rise?

Facebook’s user base is doing only one thing, and that is increasing. However both the US and UK have taken a hit in the amount of active monthly users they had in May.

The US suffered a loss of 6 million active users in May, with the UK also recording a decrease of 100,000. Are people starting to get bored of Facebook or are they occupied on other social sites such as Twitter? According to Tech Radar, Facebook can still boast 687 million active users during that month. It is only a matter of time before that figure rises to 700 million.

The minor monthly blip could be down to things like bugs or seasonal changes, according to the company who compiled the data. I suppose if the sun is out less people will be stuck indoors liking statuses, instead being out and about. Mind you nearly all smartphone owners have Facebook on the go so you cant use just the weather as an excuse. If you live in Tennessee then beware as if you upload disturbing images to the site from July 1st, you may end up in jail.

The decrease in active users in May could also be down to the growing popularity of Twitter. Despite being commonly used in the same sentence, Facebook dwarfs its microblogging counterpart in most areas, ranging from user base to valuation. The loss in interest in Facebook may just be the break Twitter needs, but they still have a long way to come if they are to overtake the seemingly unstoppable Facebook train. Are you using Facebook less? If so let us know why in the comments section.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ImSteveWilson Steve Wilson

    I’ve always been convinced that something with such a meteoric rise as Facebook will eventually (or maybe not so eventually) also suffer a meteoric decline? It’s rise was propagated by a whole generation who saw it as something new. Unfortunately, it’s now been around long enough for another generation to have used it from an early age and as it is now used by everyone from kids to great grandparents and from 3rd-world individuals to monolithic Western brands like Microsoft & Coca Cola, it has lost it’s edge somewhat?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diana-Warner/100000776788214 Diana Warner

    I don’t know. I have “one friend” and sometime I do wish a “dislike’ button as well as the “like” button’. I think facebook will continue to improve…quickly that is…I wish facebook and many other social media can assume less what’s on our mind but leave the blanks, blank.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diana-Warner/100000776788214 Diana Warner

    I don’t know. I have “one friend” and sometime I do wish a “dislike’ button as well as the “like” button’. I think facebook will continue to improve…quickly that is…I wish facebook and many other social media can assume less what’s on our mind but leave the blanks, blank.

  • http://www.facebook.com/virtualdreamer Brad McBride

    I’ve used Twitter for years. I have noticed in the last six months that many of my followers (4000+) simply have quit using Twitter. Think about it. It is, afterall, just a giant chatroom. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Anonymous

    I have a facebook account but find I use it less and less these days – probably logged in once for 10 minutes this month. A lot of my friends are using it less too. I guess the novelty has just worn off and I’m sick of the inane wall posts. When you get right down to it Facebook is really just a huge bore – strip away the hype and there’s nothing there whatsoever – I mean NOTHING. I think a lot of people are starting to realise this now – ‘Emperor’s new clothes’ anyone?