Facebook will be the first website in the world to obtain 1 billion active users and the site will reach that goal in August 2012 according to a report by iCrossing senior analyst Gregory Lyons.
Using a simple linear regression chart from 2008 through the end of 2011 Lyons created the following user acquisition graph:
Lyons acknowledges in this blog entry that Facebook will like see very little user increases in the United States and United Kingdom where traffic is stagnant or dropping. However he believes that India with only 3% of the countries population using Facebook will grow rapidly followed by Brazil where only 16% of the countries population uses a Facebook account. Putting those numbers in perspective 49% of the US population is said to have a Facebook account while 47% of the UK’s population uses Facebook.
In comparison Twitter has approximately 100 million active users, LinkedIn offers approximately 130 million accounts and Google+ has 49 million estimated users.
Interestingly enough some analysts believe Google+ will have 400 million active users before the end of 2012.