Facebook Language

The Language of Facebook!

More than 1.06 billion people log on to their Facebook accounts every month, making it the largest social network in existence. It has been pointed out on multiple occasions that if Facebook were a country then it would be the third largest country in the world, behind only China and India in terms of the population! Of these one billion regular Facebook users, approximately 600 million of them access the site from a mobile device.

When it comes to the geographical breakdown of its users, the United States is home to the most. The US boasts 166 million users; Brazil takes second place with 58 million and is followed closely by India with 55 million. In fourth and fifth place is Indonesia with 47 million users and then Mexico with 38 million.

Facebook geographical breakdown

Source for Infographic: Mashable 

Facebook users have amassed more than 140.3 billion friend connections, shared more than 219 billion photos and posted well over 17 billion location-tagged posts. As of last year, there were close to 4,000 members of staff working for Facebook and plans were in motion to hire many, many more.

With such a massive amount of Facebook users, the languages they use to interact on the site are obviously in varied abundance too. It has even been suggested that Facebook has hit a block in the English speaking countries in which it has already spread due to the simple fact they are running out of new people to join the site! Because of this reason, Facebook is now focusing its efforts in gaining new interest in less developed countries where English is not the native tongue.

Facebook Languages

Facebook is currently available in more than 70 languages with the preference being immediately allocated by region but then changeable upon request. Portuguese is currently the most rapidly increasing language of Facebook users, followed closely by Arabic and then German and Spanish. Although the amount of English speaking users grew by 69% over the last two years, countries like Brazil and Mexico have experienced much more impressive growth. Facebook has done particularly well in Brazil where it now has the most users of any country apart from the United States.

Such is the language diversity of Facebook that a translate tool was installed to allow users to read posts and comments in different languages. For example, if someone has left a comment in French on a Spanish post, then by simply clicking the translate button below, any user will be able to fully understand the conversation. This translate tool works in a different way to the Google translate tool and is certainly not intended to replace professional translation agencies, like Quick Lingo, but it does make multi-lingual interaction on the site much easier and efficient.

The amount of conversations taking place on Facebook every day is practically immeasurable but it is easy to see that it is replacing other methods of communication, such as the standard email. As this social network continues to grow, both in terms of user count and geographical distribution, so too will the amount of languages spoken by those involved. This is something that social media marketers need to take exceptional notice of as they tailor their advertising to suit the massive population of the ever growing social website!


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  • Chetan Gupta February 11, 2014, 12:45 pm

    Hi Nat
    Facebook is really a great Multi language social media sites. Facebook is growing day by day and using Facebook in different different languages is really great for their readers and for the identity of Facebook. People feels comfortable in their own language instead of other unknown language. Thanks for sharing this article with us. Happy Blogging 😀
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  • Abdurrazaq December 11, 2013, 10:10 pm

    Great post. my country -Indonesia- is great country with more than 220 million people. And facebook is most website popular in this country.

  • Harman September 2, 2013, 12:10 pm

    Facebook is always the best option in the social networking and that too using it in ones native language. I just love it 😛

  • Hugh Leon August 9, 2013, 8:31 pm

    It’s great to see facebook supporting numerous languages spoken around the world. It promotes lingual diversity to a great extent.

  • Gautam August 5, 2013, 3:09 am

    Fcebook has reallly become like a huge country with peoples speaking all the languages.It’s too awesome to interact with every kind of people on Facebook.

  • Gagandeep Singh July 8, 2013, 3:22 pm

    Facebook in India has opened many opportunits. its a new language for addiction. Even rite now m using fb. But seriously Mark Rocks

  • Hamza Sheikh July 6, 2013, 10:43 am

    Some of the very cool insights about the most popular social network of the world. India and Indonesia is keeping good control on Facebook, even they are not on top. I believe Facebook translation powered by Bing is a really cool idea. It avoids users from skipping their conversations with different language speaking users.

  • Kyle July 6, 2013, 8:25 am

    Facebook is really doing a magic with PHP and MYSQL. They support 70 languages and soon I think, they will start to support much more languages. Facebook rocks

  • Pramod July 3, 2013, 2:24 am

    Hello Nat Jones
    Your “The Language of Facebook!” article is cool. Keep write some new trick of social network that can also help me in bloging. and thanx for sharing my article…
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  • Uttoran Sen July 2, 2013, 3:28 am

    Hey Nat Jones,
    Great Insights, never knew so much detail about Facebook,

    The translation tool of facebook is good, though the usual habit of copying it and rushing over to Google Translate kinda beats it.

    Amazing, 1 Billion, that is almost 7th of the entire world’s population and very close to the Indian total. As they say, everyone is on facebook and they certainly will be pretty soon seeing the growth graph.

    Uttoran Sen,

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