In January 2021, Afghanistan had 4.40 million social media users. Between 2020 and 2021, the number of social media users in Afghanistan rose by 800,000 (+22%). In January 2021, the number of social media users in Afghanistan was comparable to 11.2 percent of the entire population. The most common social media platforms in Afghanistan are Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Facebook is the most popular social media platform in Afghanistan. It has about 4 million active users in 2001. This number increased to 85 million in 2019. This makes Facebook the largest social network in Afghanistan. Instagram is also very popular in Afghanistan with over 10 million users. WhatsApp and Viber are also widely used messaging apps in Afghanistan.
There are only a few newspapers published in Afghanistan, all of which are available online. Most people get their news from these papers. There are also some radio stations in Afghanistan but they only broadcast music programs.
The first social media user in Afghanistan was Shah Marai who created a Facebook page on which he posted articles written by him. In October 2010, after the website became popular, many other people started using it. By 2012, there were 5 million Internet users in Afghanistan. That's only 12% of the population.
Afghan social media users spend around 15 hours per week online. Young people between the ages of 13 and 17 account for almost half of all social media users in Afghanistan. Women use social media too!
Social media statistics for India: Between 2020 and 2021, the number of social media users in India rose by 78 million (+21%). In January 2021, the number of social media users in India was comparable to 32.3 percent of the entire population. The share of internet users on social networking sites is much higher than the country average: 71% vs 52%. Instagram is the most popular social network in India with 331 million users, followed by Facebook with 229 million users.
Facebook launched in India in April 2009. It took the company a few months to establish itself within the market but soon became one of the fastest growing social networks in the world. By November 2011, it had 350 million users, which represented nearly 10% of the global user base at that time. Twitter also launched in India in October 2006 and now has over 100 million monthly active users (MAU). WhatsApp added support for Indian languages in February 2007 and now has more than 70 million MAU. Instagram started out as a photo-sharing app but has since then expanded into a full-fledged social network. It launched in India in August 2010 and now has 175 million MAU.
In terms of usage, Facebook is dominant with 73% of users visiting the site at least once a month. Twitter follows with 15% user penetration.
WhatsApp is used by 54% of users while Instagram accounts for 17% usage.
In January 2021, the Philippines had 89.00 million social media users. Between 2020 and 2021, the number of social media users in the Philippines rose by 16 million (+22%). In January 2021, the Philippines' social media users accounted for 80.7 percent of the overall population. Facebook was the most popular social network in the country with 53.8 million users (66% of total population). Instagram followed with 12.3 million users (15%). The Philippine Internet Association estimates that the total online population is 93.4 million people, so nearly 100% of the population is online.
There are 3.80 billion social media users globally in January 2020, a growth of more than 9% (321 million new users) over this time last year. Mobile phones are being used by more than 5.19 billion people, with user numbers increasing by 124 million (2.4 percent) in the last year. 30 billion tweets were sent in 2019, making it the most popular service on the internet.
Twitter will use its annual "Spring Cleaning" event to introduce a new design for its app, feature timeline tabs for different topics that users can scroll through, and make other changes aimed at making the service easier to use. The company also said it would limit the number of times someone can follow another person's account in an effort to stop spamming behavior on the service.
Facebook is working on a virtual reality headset called Oculus Quest that will allow users to go anywhere they have an Internet connection without worrying about their location. The device will be available in 2020 for $399. Facebook has also partnered with wireless carrier Verizon to offer a phone package called "Zoom Insights" that includes voice calls, video chats, and Internet access via Facebook Live. Users will only need to pay for the data they use, rather than a fixed monthly fee.
Smartphones are becoming more powerful and affordable every year, which is why many experts believe social media usage will continue to rise in the coming years.