Facebook usage jumps 600% to become most-visited mobile social network, says Opera

Facebook is now the most-visited social network on the mobile Web, according to Opera's latest 'State of the Mobile Web' report. Unique users of Facebook grew more than 600 per cent during 2009, it says, helping the site surpass VKontakte, formerly the most popular social network among Opera Mini users. Twitter saw its usage increase more than any other social network, surging more than 2,800 per cent in just one year.

Opera's State of the Mobile Web Report, published monthly, is said to provide information on the top global trends affecting the mobile Web. In addition to the top global trends and country snapshots, this month, the report highlights Southeast Asia and examines social networking on the mobile web.

Global trends from the report include: 

  • In December 2009, more than 46.3 million people used Opera Mini, an 11 per cent increase from November 2009 and more than 159 per cent compared to December 2008.
  • Those 46.3 million people viewed more than 20.7 billion pages in December 2009. Since November, page views have gone up 10.1 per cent. Since December 2008, page views have increased 223 per cent.
  • Opera Mini users generated over 315 million MB of data for operators worldwide in December 2009. Since November, the data consumed went up by 10.5 per cent. Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90 per cent. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed over 2.9 PB of data in December. Since December 2008, data traffic is up 206 per cent.
  • The top 10 countries ranked by number of Opera Mini users are (in order): Russia, Indonesia, India, Ukraine, China, South Africa, United States, Vietnam, Nigeria, and United Kingdom. This month Ukraine overtook China, Vietnam continues its ascent (at the expense of the United Kingdom) and Nigeria is back on the list after a 3-month absence, pushing Poland out of the top 10 for the first time. Article