Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

'It's No Go' as Scotland rejects independence

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Scotland's relationship status: 'It's complicated'

Read more

DEBATE

Scotland Referendum: Will They Stay or Will They Go?

Read more

DEBATE

Hollande Press Conference: French President Tackles Record Unpopularity

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Nigeria attack: Bomb blast in college in Kano

Read more

FOCUS

Cleaning up Thailand's shady surrogacy industry

Read more

ENCORE!

The Biennale des Antiquaires: Where Miro meets million-dollar jewellery and antiques

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Attacks on migrants in Tangiers and unwelcome stares from men in Cairo

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola virus: US to send 3,000 troops to West Africa

Read more

Business

Facebook surpasses Google to be most visited site in USA

Video by Nicolas DE SCITIVAUX

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-03-17

For the first time since social networks have emerged on the Web, Facebook posted higher US traffic figures for last week than search engine Google ones.

AFP - Social-networking star Facebook surpassed Google to become the most visited website in the United States for the first time last week, industry analysts showed.

Facebook's homepage finished the week ending March 13 as the most visited site in the country, according to industry tracker Hitwise.

The "important milestone," as described by Hitwise director of research Heather Dougherty, came as Facebook enjoyed a massive 185 percent increase in visits in the same period, compared to the same week in 2009.

By comparison, visits to search engine home Google.com increased only nine percent in the same time -- although the tracker does not include Google property sites such as the popular Gmail email service, YouTube and Google Maps.

Taken together, Facebook.com and Google.com amounted to 14 percent of the entire US Internet visits last week, Dougherty said.
  
Google has been positioning challenges in recent months to Facebook and the micro-blogging site Twitter by adding the social-networking feature Buzz to its Gmail service.
  
In what could signal an escalating battle between Facebook and Google, the leading social-networking service celebrated its sixth birthday earlier this year with changes including a new message inbox that echoes Gmail's format.
  
Facebook boasts some 400 million users while Gmail had 176 million unique visitors in December, according to tracking firm comScore.

 

Date created : 2010-03-17

COMMENT(S)