As we all might know, Facebook and Twitter are the two biggest social networks in most countries. China, in contrast, has Qzone, Sina, Weibo, & RenRen as the most used social media; because in China Facebook, Twitter, and others social media platforms are banned by the Chinese government.
UN’s Africa Renewal Magazine quote says , “In recent months Facebook – the major social media platform worldwide and currently the most visited website in most of Africa – has seen massive growth on the continent. The number of African Facebook users now stands at over 17 million, up from 10 million in 2009. More than 15 per cent of people online in Africa are currently using the platform, compared to 11 per cent in Asia. Two other social networking websites, Twitter and YouTube, rank among the most visited websites in most African countries.”
The numbers of social media users of underdeveloped countries, (Africa and Asia) are increasing even though not every house has an internet connection. People of those continents can afford to pay for a cheap mobile device and start using mobile internet. According to Tech Wire Asia, Asia has the biggest share of web usage from mobile devices worldwide. As a quoted from Tech Wire Asia explains that, “A relatively cheap mobile phone will then be a much more realistic option, and it therefore becomes the way to reach the Web for many. It’s either that or no web access at all, so it’s a matter of necessity”.
Some statistics published by IBN live article says that India has the world’s youngest internet population, with 75% of all Indian internet being under 35 years old! And here are more interesting statistics founded about India:
One third of India’s total online population is between 15 to 24 years old
95% of all population has an account on social media
Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin as the most visited social media sites
The usage of email and instant messaging is declining to 22%
~ Teresa Puch
Source : ‘‘ Social Media in Developing Countries” Mon 27 February 2012 16:00, Vitto Christaldi