Facebook mobile usage jumps 600 percent in 2009

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Unique mobile visitors to Facebook increased 619 percent worldwide in 2009 according to browser developer Opera Software's newest State of the Mobile Web report. Facebook is now the most-visited social networking site on the mobile web, although microblogging service Twitter experienced the biggest year-over-year leap, with unique mobile visitors increasing 2,859 percent in 2009. All major social networking sites enjoyed mobile user growth last year with the exception of Friendster, which slipped 29 percent.

In all, more than 46.3 million mobile subscribers worldwide used the Opera Mini browser in December, up 11 percent month-over-month and increasing more than 159 percent compared to December 2008. Users viewed more than 20.7 billion pages last month, increasing 10.1 percent over November totals and up 223 percent year-over-year. Opera Mini users generated over 315 million megabytes of data during the month, with data traffic growing 206 percent over December 2008.

Despite Facebook's continued growth, the site remains the second most-visited mobile website in the U.S., trailing search giant Google. Yahoo, Wikipedia and MySpace round out the top five. Opera page-view growth in the U.S. grew 228.1 percent over December 2008, with unique user growth up 128.5 percent--users now view an average of 276 mobile web pages per month.

For more on Opera's December 2009 State of the Mobile Web report:
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