Mega-social network Facebook celebrates their 10th birthday this week, and what started as a college social networking website in 2004, has mushroomed into the world’s largest online destination to connect with friends, family and acquaintances.
“When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: Why were we the ones to build this? We were just students. We had way fewer resources than big companies. If they had focused on this problem, they could have done it,” founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on the company’s website.
He added that “It’s been an amazing journey so far, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. It’s rare to be able to touch so many people’s lives, and I try to remind myself to make the most of every day and have the biggest impact I can.”
With over 50-million Facebook users in Africa, IT News Africa is taking a look at the top 10 countries in Africa with the largest number of citizens using the service – and some of the countries in the list will be completely unexpected.
1. Egypt – 13-million
Egypt is the king of Facebook in Africa. Showing an incredible amount of growth in the last few years, thanks in part to the recent uprisings, the country ranks number one with 13 010 580 users.
The country added 3 million users in just under a year, and ranks 20th on globally. Its user numbers are similar to that of Australia, Taiwan and Japan. Despite ongoing socio-political turmoil in the country, technology remains a cornerstone of Egyptian society.
The country’s telecommunications sector comprises several global service providers, including Etisalat Misr, Mobinil, Orascom Telecom and Vodafone, which focus on emerging business in Cairo. According to statistics published by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), in 2012, the percentage of individuals using the Internet stood at 44.07%, while there were reportedly 96 798 801 mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions in the same year.