Guesstimate — Estimate the Facebook Users in India

Welcome to Day 2/30 of Mastering Guesstimates

Sanyam Aggarwal
2 min readAug 22, 2023

Q. Estimate the Facebook Users in India.

Clarifying Questions:

  1. Active Facebook users or also the ones who have accounts but don’t use it anymore or have uninstalled the app?
  2. Users of any specific gender, age, geography — Rural or Urban?

A. Consider Active users as of now and calculate for the whole of India, nothing specific.

Assumptions:

  1. The population of India is 140 Crores.
  2. Internet penetration rate is ~60%.
  3. Smartphone penetration rate is ~80%.
  4. Social Media penetration rate is ~80%.
  5. Percentage of older generation having Facebook accounts will be higher then the percentage of new generation.

Approach:

Population of India = 140 Cr

Population having access to Internet i.e. Internet Penetration = 60% (140 Cr) = 84 Cr

Population having access to Internet as well as Smartphones = 80%(84 Cr) = ~70 Cr

Population using any form of social media = 80%(70 Cr) = 56 Cr

Age Wise Split

Finally, Number of Facebook Accounts in India = 60%(56 Cr) = ~30 Cr

Note: As per Google, currently there are about 36 Crore Facebook Accounts in India

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