More Australians use Facebook, but usage time declines

The Facebook website has opened a huge lead in Australia in the number of users it attracts against social networking rivals including News Corp’s MySpace.Six months ago Facebook and MySpace were close to even in user numbers. Facebook was just 30,000 ahead. But the latest figures from Nielsen Online show Facebook’s popularity has soared, topping 3.5 million users in September, more than 1 million ahead of MySpace, which has declined marginally since being pipped by the upstart for the top ranking in April.But in the 12 months to September MySpace has lost 400,000 users. Facebook in the US says its worldwide user base has more than doubled since January from 50 million to 120 million two weeks ago.

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