Africa fastest growing segment of facebook users

According to Facebook analysis site socialbakers, the number of new African users who log in to the social network site grew 27 percent over the last three months with 5.4 million new people signing up and rose by over 50 percent in the last six months with a total of 8.3 million profile creations.
Population breakdown

1.Egypt – 5 651 080 users (+553 140 new profiles)
2. South Africa – 3 761 160 users (+337 680 new profiles)
3. Morocco – 3 013 100 users (+283 320 new profiles)
4. Nigeria – 2 985 680 users (+208 240 new profiles)
5. Tunisia – 2 201 780 users (+179 860 new profiles)
6. Algeria – 1 644 540 users (+149 640 new profiles)
7. Kenya – 1 055 100 users (+55 400 new profiles)
8. Ghana – 854 380 users (+15 220 new profiles)
9. Senegal – 441 540 users (+23 820 new profiles)
10. Democratic Republic of Congo – 412 340 users (+199 540 new profiles)

Significant Countries
While Egypt attempted to block the internet during the recent political uprising, its social media population still managed to log on to Facebook and express their views via several status updates and page creations.

Even though a large majority of the population remain unemployed, the South African people continue to log on to Facebook. Perhaps this increase in users will boost the continent’s largest economy as the business potential of Facebook is massive.

Perhaps the most startling statistic however is the Democractic Republic of Congo’s phenomenal Facebook growth which increased by 93.77 percent. Although internet access isn’t widely available across Africa, the rise of mobile phone use has enabled the continent to embrace social networking.

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