Facebook has experienced phenomenal growth in South Africa over the last few months. As recently as early May there was only 25,000 registered users in the South African network on Facebook and that has exploded to over 120,000 as of 2 July. That’s over45,000 new users per month for the last two months. Now I have been a MySpace users for about 18 months or longer. I can’t remember when I signed up. And on MySpace I have almost 500 friends while on Facebook I have almost 50 friends. So a funny thing happened a few months ago that led to register on Facebook, one of my friends Shannon Smith, a model and tv presenter announced abruptly that she was moving to Facebook and invited a whole bunch of people to join her. And several did. The amount of interaction for me on MySpace have decreased a little and there is a flood of interactions on Facebook. In my view I can see why Facebook has become preferred because it’s much cleaner and smoother interface. Where MySpace is riddled with adverts and the screen almost clogged Facebook is refreshing.
So it’s with no surprise I just read this insightful article Facebook = Smart, Rich, Cool; MySpace = Dumb, Poor, Loners? And I concur that MySpace will continue to lead with over 120 million registered users vs Facebook’s 28 million registered users because of it’s deep ties with the Entertainment industry. You may also be interested in my mentor, Arthur Goldstuck’s views on Myspace and Facebook.