Did Facebook Lose 50 Million Mobile Users? (No)
Is it a glitch? A decline?
For whatever reason, Facebook’s statistics page on Friday showed that “more than 200 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices”.
The only problem? According to the Google cache (click the image below for a larger, full-page representation) of the page from March 31, Facebook said that it had more than 250 million active users accessing Facebook from mobile devices.
PCMag.com asked representatives from Facebook to comment on two occasions on Friday. At 2 PM, PCMag.com was told by a PR representative that “I’m working to get someone appropriate to back to you regarding your inquiry”.
By 6:50 PM, a Facebook spokesman responded. “We updated the numbers and there was an issue with the timing,” he said in an email. “Should still be 250.”
The spokesman said that the company was “fixing this now”.
The questions arose a day after Facebook announced a consolidation of its mobile sites, bringing them under the banner of m.facebook.com through the use of a device description repository that can map code to the capabilities of a given device.
Facebook Mobile Statistics Cache
Facebook has tried to upgrade its mobile technology with products like Facebook Deals, where users can search for local discounts. Microsoft, of course, has tried its own local deal aggregation service, as well.
Facebook has also invited reporters to a “behind the scenes” look at the company’s headquarters next week, where some of these questions may be answered.
Facebook Statistics (Live Page, 4/1/2011)
The subject of the Thursday briefing will be “a behind-the-scenes look at the latest technology powering Facebook,” according to an invitation sent to reporters on Friday.
The event will be held at the company’s existing headquarters in Palo Alto, and not the company’s new headquarters in Palo Alto that Facebook recently announced.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 9:39 PM PT on Friday with comment from Facebook.
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