Finally, Web-Stats From Facebook

“CEO Mark Zuckerberg today noted during the company’s earnings call that 48 percent of users on a given day are only accessing it from mobile.”

see Facebook’s Mobile Tipping Point: 48% Of Daily Users Are Now Mobile-Only, Instagram’s Blowing Other Social Apps Out Of The Water.

It doesn’t get any more non-techie than that, all those social animals sharing… If 48% only access FB from a mobile gadget then it’s likely that they are not accessing other web sites differently. It may even be that many of them do not own a legacy PC… SEC filings show this trend is growing:

  • The previous quarterly report showed a steady trend of growth in all visitors to around 1100 per month:
  • and around 3/4 being mobile:

If it is true that about half of visitors are mobile-only, it could mean that half don’t own a legacy PC… Amazing. I’ll bet most are running Android/Linux, too. That’s hundreds of millions using Free Software on their clients and M$’s monopoly on the client OS is sinking fast in installed base. What’s that, about 50%? That’s in line with Wikipedia’s ~50% (10.9% */Linux = 8.5% Android/Linux + 2.4% GNU/Linux). Good riddance to monopoly.

About Robert Pogson

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9 Responses to Finally, Web-Stats From Facebook

  1. dougman wrote, “thank heavens to the free-market”

    The free-market admitted defeat for nearly a decade as I recall. It was only Google kicking the can that rearranged things. It might have taken a century for */Linux to get a decent share as things were going before about 1997. Then all Hell broke loose. Major migrations to GNU/Linux happened. Android/Linux happened. Ubuntu GNU/Linux happened. What happened from about 1995 to 2006 or so was a crime against humanity in my books, a corporation enslaving a whole species of sentient being.

  2. dougman says:

    Microsoft tried so hard to own the complete Internet from point to point, but they miserably failed in that endeavor.

    They failed at controlling the media and also controlling the OEMS, but thank heavens to the free-market.

  3. Otaddy wrote, “since Android never mentions gnu or linux, Android is acceptable. “

    Nonsense. Consumers largely know nothing of GNU/Linux because they don’t see it on many associates’ machines nor on retail shelves. That’s all. Android/Linux has a wildly different UI from XP, say, but it was acceptable. GNU/Linux is acceptable to ordinary folks I have introduced to it. Consumers aren’t beating the bushes looking for new operating systems. They buy devices with operating systems installed. Sell them GNU/Linux and they would find it acceptable.

    Google, Samsung and other aren’t hiding Linux from consumers, but they don’t advertise Linux much. From time to time both do mention Linux but it’s not their goal to spread FLOSS. They are in business to do other things like sell ads or hardware.

    Here are some places where Samsung mentions Linux:
    Consumer Printer specs: ” OS Compatibility
    Windows (32/64-bit) 2000/XP/2003/2008 Server/Vista, Windows 7, Various Linux,OS Mac OS X 10.3 ~ 10.7″

    FAQs mentions Linux: “Tablet PCs: Can I Install Linux On My Tablet PC?” Notice that question is asked “frequently”.

    Specifications for Android devices:“Mozilla / 5.0 (Linux; U; Android 4.0.4; en-gb; GT-N8000 Build / IMM76D) AppleWebKit / 534.30 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version / 4.0 Safari / 534.30 “
    As per licences, Samsung does provide source code if any consumer is interested.

    So, while Samsung does not make Linux prominent, they don’t hide it. It’s not something consumers need to know to buy a product that it has Linux inside. Google, too, does not push Linux but does not hide it: “Android powers more than a billion phones and tablets around the world. It’s customizable, yet easy to use, and since it’s made by Google, it works seamlessly with all your favorite Google apps. “ Google is a member of the Open Handset Alliance and they don’t hide anything: “Android is built on the open Linux Kernel.”

  4. oiaohm says:

    Otaddy to be truthful lot of Windows end users don’t know they are using Microsoft Windows in their mind they are using a computer.

    Sorry your arguement does not have very much in legs.

  5. Mats Hagglund says:

    People very seldom are buying operation systems. Instead they just buy computers, mobile or non-mobiles. They don’t care about operation systems. Some 2-3% of laptops are sold now with ChromeOS pre-installed.

  6. Otaddy says:

    Except that nobody knows they are using Linux…which is why it works. Nobody would touch desktop gnu/linux, but since Android never mentions gnu or linux, Android is acceptable. gnu/linux is for fools [RP stuff censored]

  7. YesMan says:

    Haha. 2013 is the Year of the Linux Smartphone.

  8. bw says:

    What sort of a prize do YOU get for that achievement, Mats?

  9. Mats Hagglund says:

    Which means that about 35-40% of Facebook-users are using Facebook with Linux.

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