By the year 2017, Facebook stands to lose around 80 per cent of the users, a study has claimed. The claim has actually come from researchers at the Princeton University.
John Cannarella and Joshua Spechler, who worked on the report, said that according to the Google Trends, there were loads of searches for Facebook in the last month of 2012. In fact, it was at the peak. But since then it has been steadily coming down only.
The conclusion was arrived at when the forecast was done when the growth curve was compared with the other social networks. Facebook will be completing a decade in the business. There has been tough competition during the time. There were rivals like Bebo and Myspace, but Facebook came out strong.
But how much truth does the report hold? Will Facebook indeed lose that much traffic in the next 3-4 years? As a matter of fact, Facebook is a craze amongst the teenagers. And incidentally it is the teenagers who are decreasing in numbers as daily users for the last three months or so.
So, it remains to be seen how much impact the report has over the traffic. But one reason for the falling trend on Google Trends could be because of the fact that many users now use Smartphones to log on to their favorite social networking site.
Only time has the answer to this report!