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With over 573 million active users across the globe, Facebook continues to dominate social networking.

Below are stats taken from checkfacebook.com, which show that the United States still remain ahead of the pack when it comes to users, followed not so closely by Indonesia and the United Kingdom.

10 Largest Countries
1. United States       146,805,000
2. Indonesia       32,129,460
3. United Kingdom       28,661,600
4. Turkey       24,161,400
5. France       20,469,420
6. Philippines       18,901,900
7. Mexico       18,448,700
8. Italy       17,764,140
9. Canada       17,288,620
10. India       16,915,900
10 Fastest Growing Over Past Week
1. South Korea 7.43 % 172,440
2. Taiwan 4.81 % 401,840
3. Thailand 2.7 % 182,020
4. Ecuador 2.26 % 44,780
5. Morocco 2.2 % 53,780
6. Norway 2.18 % 53,300
7. Dominican Republic 1.94 % 27,820
8. Bangladesh 1.55 % 18,180
9. Lithuania 1.28 % 9,940
10. United Arab Emirates 1.01 % 21,300

This shows that digital media is becoming ever more popular and a greater amount of users have access and are able to view ad’s posted on these networks.

This has advantages, in even the most unlikely of ways.

Just over Christmas Jo Yeates’ body was found on Christmas Day, in Longwood Lane, Failand.

Police are using an advert posted on Facebook that will allow people to contact the incident room via the social networking site rather than calling in.

Police said Facebook was more effective than posters and leaflet.

Det Ch Insp Phil Jones, of Avon and Somerset Police said, police have successfully used Facebook in a number of high-profile cases because information could be shared more widely than by poster.

Scott Fulton, head of e-services at the force, said: “On this inquiry alone we have had shares of the story from the force’s Facebook page of 24,220.

You can read more on this article: Facebook used in hunt for Jo Yeates’ killer

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