Recently I hear a lot of rumors about Twitter and Facebook slowing down their growth tempo and their audiences getting smaller. Last week GlobalWebIndex revealed some interesting data that actually shows the opposite: apparently Facebook and Twitter are still the fastest growing social networks in the world. What is also interesting, vKontakte and Odnoklassniki are in that list as well:
Back to Twitter. Twitter has been growing in Russia during the last 2 years. The amount of Twitter users in Russia varies depending on a source. According to Semiocast, the microblogging service had 5 million Russian-based users in the beginning of 2012; Yandex shows 7,18 million indexed Russian Twitter accounts today.
GlobalWebIndex says that the amount of active Twitter users in Russia increased by more than 60% during the last half of 2012. Can it be right?
Reliable or not, these numbers still are a good indication of how engaged the Russian Internet audience is in social networking. People spend a lot of time browsing social content, and these stats prove once again that VK, Odnoklassniki and even Facebook should be a vital element of any company online strategy.