Facebook usage in the Philippines and Why Friendster Lost in the Philippines

The Philippines now has the sixth largest population of Facebook users in the world, rising by over 8 percent in just the last month, according to analytics company Facebakers.com In its latest online report released on October 30 in the Philippines, Facebakers noted that the country’s Facebook users now totals 17,942,340 and may be expected to breach the 18 million mark within the month given current growth rates. This places the Philippines in sixth place (up from eighth place in July) on Facebakers’ list of countries with the most Facebook users. The report also indicated that the current number of Filipino Facebook users accounts for 60.4 percent of online Filipinos or 18 percent of the country’s total population. – Over the past month alone, the number of Filipino Facebook users went up by 8.08 percent or 1.5 million new users, according to Facebakers.
Facebook Philippines

Facebook Philippines

The graphic shows the connections between Facebook’s 500 million users, with white dots representing users’ current cities and blue lines representing friendships between people in those cities.
facebook connections asia

facebook connections asia

Why have so many in the Philippines switched from Friendster to Facebook? Dominique Anne offers a great list that came out of her talk with Paolo Pangan of Yehey!
Friendster Lost in the Philippines

Friendster Lost in the Philippines

Her list (slightly edited): Quality, not Quantity – In Friendster times, our main goal was to get as may friends as possible. We wanted was to show the world that we already have a second, third, fourth, fifth (and so on) accounts because previous accounts reached the limit for the number of friends. In Facebook, we treasure each contact and really know all the people in our list. We learned from Friendster that it’s quality over quantity. Tagging – Facebook tells us that we do not have to repost every picture of ourselves that our friends have. Just by tagging, we all have a copy of the pictures we want. Newsfeed self-control – In Friendster, flooding the bulletin board is acceptable. But don’t we just hate flooding? In Facebook, flooding the newsfeed is like humiliating yourself. You are not disciplines! Quiz interface – Friendster surveys and quizzes require you to open all of the others’ posts and pages to know if they have the same answers/results. Facebook surveys and quizzes allow you to click and get results in seconds. You can easily see the headshots of friends with the same results as mine. Status update history – Facebook allows you to constantly update status and keep track of previous status updates. In Friendster, where shall we put it? In shout outs? Shout out, once erased, is gone forever. Share images and video easily – You can easily share and make our friends know that we have posted a new picture, video, comment, or even link through real-time updates seen at the lower right portion of Facebook. Live chat – Facebook lets you see your friends who are online and chat with them. Friendster does not. Less Spam – Friendster inboxes are flooded by spam messages and invites to try applications. Facebook inboxes receive messages that are really meant personally for us. There are even more in the comments of Dominique Anne’s post.
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