Australians – officially the world’s most prolific social media users

The Nielsen Company’s most recent social media research has revealed that Australians are spending up to seven hours each month on social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.  This figure is substantially higher than the global average of five and a half hours.

Australia has jumped to the top of the leader board ahead of the USA, Britain and Japan. The research found that almost ten million Australians are spending time on at least one social networking site. With a population of 21 million, this figure equates to almost half the country.

Facebook topped the list as the most popular of all social networking sites, with over 8.2 million unique visitors per month, followed by YouTube, then MySpace and with Twitter coming in fourth.

So, if Facebook is the most commonly used social networking site and Australian’s are spending 7 hours a month interacting on social networking sites – How come there are only 357,871 fans on the Australia Facebook fan page?