Facebook tops Google as most visited site in U.S.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a news conference where he unveiled a new Facebook messaging system in San Francisco, California November 15, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a news conference where he unveiled a new Facebook messaging system in San Francisco, California November 15, 2010.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook surpassed Google for the first time as the most visited website in the United States for most of 2010.

The social network site edged out Google.com with 8.9 percent of all U.S. visits between January and November 2010, while Google.com ranked second with about 7.2 percent of all visits, according to online measurement service Experian Hitwise.

Facebook's move to the top spot shows just how quickly the site has grown in popularity. Within the span of six years, Facebook has become the world's largest Web social network with roughly half a billion users worldwide.

Google.com dominated the top spot as the most visited website in the United States in 2009 and 2008. News Corp's MySpace was the No. 1 visited website in 2007. It is ranked No. 7.

However, when all of Google's properties are considered -- such as YouTube and email, for instance -- Google still reigns as the most visited site at 9.9 percent between January and November 2010. Facebook follows at 8.9 percent. Yahoo and all of its properties ranked third at 8.1 percent.

(Reporting by Jennifer Saba. Editing by Robert MacMillan)

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Comments (3)
UrsJ wrote:
…and Big Mac’s are more popluar than green beans…

Dec 30, 2010 8:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Jentoo wrote:
This is quite silly, on facebook you go there and you have to stick around checking photos, uploading photos, playing games and chatting with friends.

Google on the other hand you type in what you’re searching for and off you go. This process takes seconds.

Even with that according to competerank Facebook is number 3, yahoo number 2 and google number 1.

On Alexa Google is also number 1 but facebook is number 2 and yahoo number 3!!

These stats will always very depending which analytics firm you go to but its quite a silly thing to try and compare a search engine with a social networking site like facebook. It doesn’t make sense

Dec 31, 2010 11:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
breezinthru wrote:
My daughter set up an Facebook account for me several years ago when it was just getting popular. I lost interest in it after about a week.

After reading this article, I logged in just for the heck of it. I couldn’t believe all the people who were posting stuff on my page, some who I knew and many who I’ve never heard of.

Much to my chagrin it was displaying my birthday to anyone and everyone. Fortunately, it only took a few minutes to learn how to delete the account.

Gone. Not my thing.

Dec 31, 2010 10:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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