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UK Facebook users 'dropped 5% in January'

Facebook updateFor all the talk of Facebook being the $15-billion dollar social network de jour, it would appear that the heavyweight may be losing its touch, at least in the UK. The BBC quotes Nielsen Online figures for last month, showing Facebook dropping from 8.9 million to 8.5 million visitors -- the first drop in visitors since records started for Facebook in July 2006.

Now, the drop of just 400,00 may not be all that substantial, but some of us here at Download Squad know of folks still rather mad at being unable to close their accounts (well, at least of free will) and certainly among contacts of ours there is, shall we say, a weariness with Facebook right now. Whether that translates into a continual drop in Facebook's visitor numbers, or this is just a monthly lull (perhaps brought on by friends posting less than endearing photos after the New Year) is anyone's guess.

Update: Facebook have since got in touch to say: "The number of users for Facebook continues to climb in the UK. Our internal monthly active user numbers rose between December and January in the UK and are now at more than 8.3 million. Facebook tracks active monthly users, rather than registered user or unique visitors. Active users reflect those who have used the site in the past 30 days."

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