Kathryn's Blog


Uh oh! Is Gen Y Leaving Facebook - How Can We Find Them?

In a study on the recent Facebook surge (due most likely to its vanity username opening), the web analysis group Hitwise reported some very interesting trends related to Facebook user age groups.

The report by Bill Tancer compares Facebook visits on June 18 2009 compared to June 18 2008.  There are two striking differences between these two dates.  First, the number of visits by users of the Gen Y decreased by 19%.  Second, the number of visits by members of the Gen X increased by 12% for younger Gen X'ers and 7% for older Gen X'ers.  A curious shift of numbers, I think. 

Since Gen Y is considered the leader when it comes to new and cool technology, the question we need to ask is, where has Gen Y gone?  Now that their parents and grandparents have jumped on the Facebook train, is Gen Y bailing out?  One commenter has put forth the idea that Gen Y is now getting older and the Facebook numbers simply reflect this.

Is Gen Y indeed searching out new territory?  We need spies.  Those of you with kids in college, please come forward.

See the entire report, and many others, on Hitwise.


Kathryn Acciari, REALTOR®

RE/MAX Professional Associates

Sturbridge, MA

(508) 982-0686 cell

kathrynacciari@remax.net email

Web:  SturbridgeMAHomes

Blog: KathrynSells

Facebook:  KathrynAcciari


Putting Today's Technology Tools to Work for You


Text and photos copyright Kathryn J. Acciari unless otherwise noted. 
All rights reserved.




Sturbridge & Central MA Real Estate and More



twitter linkedin icon 


Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador

Century 21 Real Estate LLC
175 Park Avenue
Madison NJ 07940

Serving Brokers, Owners, and Agents Throughout New England

Cell: (508) 982-0686   

Blog: Real Estate Blog
Twitter: @kacciari

Comment balloon 6 commentsKathryn Acciari • July 01 2009 07:56AM


Kathryn...now that is frustrating.....I just now found them and now they are leaving!  I to will be curious to see where they have gone.

Posted by Edward Bachman, Your Kingwood TX Realtor (EXIT REALTY SOLUTIONS) over 11 years ago

Haha but that's the problem they dont want to be found and sold something and when that starts to happen they leave. They want to network with friends and be social without being social in person, but you never try to sell something to a Gen Yer.

Posted by Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes (LemonTree Realty) over 11 years ago

Have four kids and hearing that Facebook is less of a day to day gotta look and use phenomena. AOL is pretty popular though.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 11 years ago

I see more tweets and have heard rumblings that twitter is taking over for contact to contact, plus FB has been unstable alot lately...  or maybe that is just my experiences?

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) over 11 years ago

Twitter is the place to be folks...as 'useless' as it may intially seem...thats where the Y'ers are headed...

Posted by Shaun Rice (Keller Williams Landmark) over 11 years ago

Edward:  I'll let you know if I find them!

Heather:  You're absolutely right, and can't say I blame them.  They are a clever group, that is for sure.

Andrew:  Aha, you have some in-person experience.  Haven't been to AOL in years.  May have to go back.

Gail:  I've not experience any of the instability on Facebook but have heard about it.  Yes, Twitter does seem busier by the hour.  I'll have to hang there a little more.

Shaun:  You've probably got it right.  Short, to the point, not too much info.  I'll see you over there.

Thanks for the comments, everyone!

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 11 years ago