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Facebook Denies Drop In Usage

Remember the drop in traffic that InsideFacebook brought to our attention yesterday, well, Facebook's PR agency has gently reminded us that this is a cyclical event that seems to happen every summer.

A spokesperson for the company said, “From time to time, we see stories about Facebook losing users in some regions. Some of these reports use data extracted from our advertising tool, which provides broad estimates on the reach of Facebook ads and isn't designed to be a source for tracking the overall growth of Facebook. We are very pleased with our growth and with the way people are engaged with Facebook. More than 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day.”

Interestingly, the number of active Facebook users regularly quoted in the press is for those who have logged in the website at least once in the last 30 days.

InsideFacebook's story is based on Facebook's own advertising solution which can be freely accessed by anyone with a Facebook account; Facebook has not explained why the number reported by its ad servers went down significantly.

The website is set to reach 700 million users by the end of this month and the company is looking forward to another massive growth spurt when it launches in China in the near future.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.