South Africa: Facebook English Speaking Users
Welcome back, jet-setters, to part eight of our Facebook English Speaking Demographic Series. We kicked off this series with a study of the 60 countries with the largest FB userbase (that also claim English as an official language) in Population Graph: Where Are Facebook English Speaking Users?.
After trekking through social segments from English Speaking users in the UK, Ireland, Canada, and India, last week we ended up in the Philippines (where they really like McDonalds)– Australia should be up next, but we’ve already dissected their social network butterflies in Facebook AUS & NZ: Who’s Going On Down Under?. So now we’re skipping back over from the Pacific Ocean to the Rainbow Nation: South Africa.
As of June 16th, 2010, about 2,779,560 English speaking South Africans were members of the Facebook community. Let’s see how they self-identify, and how much their vernacular impacts the volume of social segments…
Languages Spoken: Afrikaans, Dutch, French, Chinese, German, Italian, Russian, Finnish
From French to Finnish, let’s take a look at the variety of languages aside from English South African Facebookers speak.
Soccer, Football, Baseball, Rugby
Next to “football,” Rugby is an extremely close second…
At first glance, it may either look as if (A) the UK is brimming with folks obsessed with lady lovin’ or (B) South Africans have less racy interests… but when you consider the English speaking FB populations for each country (26,033,620 and 2,779,560 respectively), the ratios are quite similar! About 8.6% of the English speaking South Africans on FB dig girl smooches; 8.25% of total English speaking UK FBers.)
That about does it for this round, guys and gals. Be sure to check back next week when we tackle yet another country’s Facebook English Speaking Demographics in a variety of segments as insightful as they are… colorful .