Influenced a tad by the Global Voices perspective, here are a few charts for the non-western regions following the GV categories.
As Justin pointed out in his email, some data were limited for some countries, especially the ones in Africa.
A few silly commentaries:
1) If we extrapolate the growth of Facebook users in Latin America this year compared to where it was a year ago, one could expect a similar growth for some African nations if the fiber optic backbone come to fruition as expected in 2009 ( Madagascar ought to be one of the beneficiary of this new backbone). At present time, the Madagascar network comprises more than 2679 users 9 (very crude estimation in June 08), most of us residing outside Madagascar. Given the rather mediocre translation of Facebook in French, it would be interesting to see whether language barrier would be a factor in the projected growth. It did not seem to be a problem in other French speaking countries.
2) I am aware that the Indian average netizen is more of a orkut-ist than a facebook-er. Still, I did not expect the number of users to be this low relative to population size.
3) Puerto Rico: wow. Funny that Renata's home country is fighting Janine's, Georgia's and Nicholas' base for third behind the two heavyweights, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
4) My sister is back in Tunisia, and just recently installed broadband internet at home. She can attest to the fact that Facebook is alive and well in Tunis. Cyberactivism and freedom of expression being currently "frowned upon" in Tunisia (there's an understatement for you), browsing social media networks might be an adequate replacement.
5) Finally, a question: Which one will get on the charts first ?
Elena's Macedonia or Mialy's Madagascar ? ( BTW, Happy birthday Mialy ! )
(photo credit lo Luis Carlos)
(photo credit to Paula)