Facebook News: Growing, But Slowing


Maybe this example will help determine if you’re the "glass half full or glass half empty" type. The subject is Facebook and its ability to attract more users.

A recent item from the Bulldog Reporter noted the following:

Facebook’s growth appears to be slowing, particularly in the U.S. Unique U.S. visitors to the wildly popular social media site rose 5 percent in April to 158 million, according to data attributed to comScore, the slowest growth rate since comScore started tracking data in 2008. Users spent more than six hours a month on the site in April, up 16 percent from the prior year. Still, that’s a slower growth rate than the 23 percent increase in 2011.

Investors are concerned about Facebook’s ability to keep increasing revenue and make money from its growing mobile audience. But many analysts hold positive long-term ratings on the stock as the company has been rolling out new offerings for mobile users, including apps for taking photos, messaging and for managing business brand pages. It is also unveiling an app center to allow users to find Facebook-related games and other applications more easily, an AP news release reports.

So, the question is not whether you’re a Facebook fan, but whether you think it will continue to grow and prove to a success for investors. Your thoughts?

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