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Zuckerberg - Boy billionaire  (Source: Reuters) slips to second

Social networks are huge traffic generators. The big problem for Facebook and other social networks isn't how to get traffic, but how to take the massive amount of traffic they receive and turn those visitors into money for the site and shareholders.

Despite the issues with security and privacy that some users have with Facebook, the site is growing by leaps and bounds. Reuters reports that Facebook has officially beat out as the most visited website on the web. Facebook had 8.9% of all web visitors in the U.S. between January and November 2010 while grabbed 7.2% of all visits. The new stats come from online measurement service Experian Hitwise.

Facebook has been able to grow at an astonishing rate given the short six years that the site has been online. Facebook is the largest social network with roughly half a billion users around the world. During the time when Facebook was young, the largest social network was the now troubled MySpace and Google had the most visits of any site online.

Reuters points out that if you factor Google web properties like YouTube and the Gmail service into the picture, Google is the most visited site with 9.9% of web visits. Facebook would then be in second place with Yahoo and its associated properties in third with 8.1% of visits from U.S. online users.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was also chosen as Time’s Person of the Year for 2010.

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Must be something wrong with me
By siberus on 12/31/2010 2:52:58 PM , Rating: 2
Must be something wrong with me, since I don't take part in the online sensation that is facebook. I don't mind the idea of reconnecting with old friends I've lost touch with but at the same time as I get older there are only a handfull of people who I would actually call out to play a game of poker. So is it really worth all the effort just to maintain a hi and bye relationship? For me im not sure it is... All the people I care about already have my email and/or Phone number and while it may suck for them to need to use "archaic" means to contact me, well they're used to it now since they've been conditioned to contact me that way. Also if they stopped contacting me because of it then quite frankly they were a cruddy friend anyways and im better off without their baggage.

RE: Must be something wrong with me
By Jedi2155 on 12/31/2010 3:19:49 PM , Rating: 2
As the social network sensation started going big right as I was starting to leave high school (2003-04) so I still had a rather large number of friends of acquaintances I wished to keep in touch with which these social networks have been extremely helpful in my endeavors. It has allowed me to keep up with my fellow associates and friends I've developed over the years that despite not having had the time or opportunity to physically go out and hang out with them, it would not be *awkward* to all of a sudden ask them if they'd like to catch up for a poker game or something 6 years later.

I would agree that it requires much less time and effort in maintaining friendships but it goes back to would you rather lose those friends forever (if you cared about them in the first place), or put in at least a little effort from time to time to not let the relationship go stale. That has been my perspective of Facebook and I never really understood all the negative viewpoints against the purpose of the site when it clearly has given hundreds of millions an easier way to access their relationships.

RE: Must be something wrong with me
By wordsworm on 12/31/2010 3:24:20 PM , Rating: 3
I have to say that it's been pretty good at keeping me in touch with friends and family, not to mention helping me find people in my area (something that can be challenging when there aren't so many Anglophones in your area). Thanks to Facebook, I met an agent who might be able to get me a job at a university as a lecturer while working to get my master's. That's a huge opportunity I'd not have had any other way aside from some random encounter on the street.

They really should have a more robust security system, though.

RE: Must be something wrong with me
By quiksilvr on 12/31/2010 4:31:27 PM , Rating: 2
I would say if you want it to be secure, don't put information on it.

RE: Must be something wrong with me
By wordsworm on 1/1/2011 6:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
Let me guess: your solution to car accidents is to avoid going outside, right? If you don't want to have your house robbed, simply make sure you don't have anything to steal or a house.

What would be better is if the designated email address and password could only be reset through email confirmation with the email address being hidden by asterisks. I think that would go a long way to improving security.

RE: Must be something wrong with me
By fake01 on 1/2/2011 3:26:02 AM , Rating: 2
Don't be an idiot.

solution to car accidents is to avoid going outside

What's that got to do with anything?

solution to car accidents is to avoid going outside

I don't think that's what he's trying to say.

There is a difference between having personal stuff in a house which you own. And there is a difference between putting personal stuff on a website which you do not own.

By Jedi2155 on 1/2/2011 4:27:39 AM , Rating: 2
I would also double check your own posts before calling anyone an idiot.

Although you both have valid points in the overall scheme of things, he is trying to use a service that is designed to share information and he would just prefer to have a more secure way to LOGIN to it. While you guys are harassing him on the mere prospect of SHARING personal information. Two entirely different points from what I understand.

I too don't get Facebook
By Tony Swash on 1/1/2011 11:40:48 AM , Rating: 1
I too don't get Facebook but I kinda understand why others do. This article has an interesting take on why some people don't get Facebook..

RE: I too don't get Facebook
By Solandri on 1/1/2011 3:00:04 PM , Rating: 2
That article is comparing apples to oranges. Email is good for one-to-one communications. It can also be used for broadcast (one-to-many), but other solutions (e.g. a web page, twitter) are better at that. What email sucks at is many-to-many communications. That's what web forums and Facebook walls are good at.

So email and forums occupy opposite ends of the communications spectrum and don't really compete with each other as long as you're using the proper tool for the job. The main threat to email comes from text messaging.

The draw of Facebook is something even most of its users don't realize - the universal ID verification. Say Adam, Betty, and Charlie all want to share their pictures, but only among themselves - they don't want just anyone to view them. So they each make a website which requires you to create a login and password in order to view the pictures they're authorized to view. Adam has to make a username and password on Betty's and Charlie's site. Betty has to make them on Adam's and Charlie's site. Charlie has to make them on Adam's and Betty's site. A bit complex, but not too bad.

Now say they make a 4th friend, Dana. Now each of them has to make yet another username and password, and Dana has to make 3 logins. Now imagine if each person averages 50 friends. That's a lot of logins and passwords. Worse yet, what if Adam accidentally gives his password to a phishing scammer. He now has to visit 50 of his friends' websites and change the password on every single one of them.

What Facebook does is replace all those separate usernames and passwords with a single login. All the other stuff - the walls, the photo sharing, the games, is just fluff to get you to use the single login. It's actually not the best way to do it. Ideally there'd be a third party service which handled only the login and user authentication. That way any website in the world could use it to authenticate its users without having to resort to its own login and password. But obviously that's not in Facebook's best interest as a monopoly, so they're not providing that service. (Which is the reason I refuse to use them.)

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