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MySpace is now second place to Facebook in the U.S.

The use of social networking is booming for users of all ages. There is a significant reversal going on in the social networking market where the former top social networking site -- MySpace -- is now being trounced in users by once significantly smaller Facebook.

The traffic numbers for social networking sites are in for September 2009 and according to HitWise, Facebook is the leading social networking both size and users. Facebook has 58.6% of all U.S. social networking visits for the month. That number represents a 194% growth increase over the market share Facebook held in September 2008.

EWeek reports that Facebook crossed the 300 million user mark last month and shows little signs of slowing down. Former category leader MySpace is now the second place social networking site, Tagged was number three with 2.4% of the market, and Twitter has 1.8% with MyYearbook grabbing 1% of the market.

Twitter may not have cracked the top five in the latest rankings, but for sheer growth, the micro blogging site is at the top. Twitter has grown its market share 1,170% from the paltry 0.15% of the market it held in September 2008. Twitter is also gearing up for some significant changes that will undoubtedly help it grow even faster. Twitter recently closed a new round of financing that netted an undisclosed amount of financing for the site.

Overall visits to social networking sites in the U.S. for September grew by 62% compared to 2008 and time spent on the sites increased by 20%. MySpace still holds the most time spent on the site by users crown with the highest average time spent on the site by users of 25 minutes and 56 seconds. Facebook however, had the largest time spent growth at 23%.

The most prolific age group using social networks continues to be 18 to 24 year olds with 32.3% of the visitors. Users 25 to 34 were 26.9% of the visitors. The fastest growing age group using Facebook is users older than 55 with an increase of 108% in September.

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I can believe it
By Spivonious on 10/13/2009 10:33:42 AM , Rating: 2
Facebook has just gotten slower and slower over the past few months. I blame Farmville/Farmtown.

RE: I can believe it
By acase on 10/13/2009 10:38:04 AM , Rating: 2
Christ, my wife plays that for hours! So annoying...

RE: I can believe it
By omnicronx on 10/13/2009 11:00:51 AM , Rating: 5
Hey don't be bashing FarmTown! I got to watch Monday Night Football for the first time in forever last night because my girlfriend was in a FarmTown trance! I could have slapped her across the face with a large trout and she would have been completely unfazed.

RE: I can believe it
By amanojaku on 10/13/2009 11:13:35 AM , Rating: 3
Video games: saving marriages from infidelity, one blockbuster title at a time.

RE: I can believe it
By Mitch101 on 10/13/2009 12:11:42 PM , Rating: 2
But Facebook is causing a large number of infidelities as people are connecting with old sweethearts/crushes from days past. Just happened to friends of mine who have been married for close to 20 years.

RE: I can believe it
By exanimas on 10/13/2009 12:41:38 PM , Rating: 4
Facebook causes infidelities in the same way that a gun causes homicides.

RE: I can believe it
By QueBert on 10/13/2009 6:13:06 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah that's totally not a good Representation of Facebook. How can FB lead to infidelities when most of users of it are virgins who couldn't get laid unless they paid for it. Those users make up far more of the FB base then these people out to cheat on their spouse.

RE: I can believe it
By mindless1 on 10/13/2009 11:38:20 PM , Rating: 2
Well actually, if you take a group of socially inept people and give them new means of socializing, they do tend to become better at it, letalone finding someone they're better suited for than they would among the people they see every day in their routine.

RE: I can believe it
By Davelo on 10/13/2009 8:26:50 PM , Rating: 2
Huh? How many marriages have collapsed due to video games? I hear it all the time.

RE: I can believe it
By rburnham on 10/16/2009 10:29:44 AM , Rating: 2

It is not that I do not want to cheat, it is that I simply have to many games to play. My Fighter/Barbarian in Neverwinter Nights 2 isn't going to level himself, you know!

i know im not the only one...
By xti on 10/13/2009 10:47:32 AM , Rating: 2
but if i werent so lazy, i would have cancelled my myspace account already...its just there not doing anything. and its kinda ghetto...

RE: i know im not the only one...
By damianrobertjones on 10/13/2009 11:34:06 AM , Rating: 5
My favourite is, "Go to my web page!" Click
"It's Myspace..."
"It's my web page"
"No, it's myspace. You hardly lifted a finger to create that"
'Evil look'

RE: i know im not the only one...
By rburnham on 10/16/2009 10:32:05 AM , Rating: 2
Ha! That is so true.

Like OMG!!
By IcePickFreak on 10/13/2009 10:42:29 AM , Rating: 4
OMG I just read about this on my friends blog on facebook!!1ol so I let my bff sinpan39372 know and they blogged it on myspace and I was like OMG why didnt I just blog it so does anyone know anoter blog so I can post it onn?!? kthxbye

RE: Like OMG!!
By Master Kenobi on 10/13/2009 1:17:42 PM , Rating: 3
I sincerely hope that was a massive tongue in cheek joke.

By dflynchimp on 10/13/2009 12:01:18 PM , Rating: 4
Twitter recently closed a new round of financing that netted an undisclosed amount of financing for the site

That discloses absolutely no new information whatsoever to us readers.

Example: [insert company name] recently closed a new round of financing that netted an undisclosed amount of financing for [insert company name]

See what I mean?

I'm confused...
By HackSacken on 10/13/2009 12:13:44 PM , Rating: 2
What is this Myspace? Never heard of it.

RE: I'm confused...
By R3T4rd on 10/13/2009 1:01:00 PM , Rating: 2
Its that empty space between a man and his significant other.

*Other* - does not include, PC, Beer, Toilet Thrown, inflatable doll, tech gadgets, and Porn.

kill farmtown
By p05esto on 10/14/2009 12:12:29 AM , Rating: 2
My god what is with FarmTown? My wife turned from anti-computer newb to total FarmTown 24/7 dork in a matter of weeks. I liked her better when she didn't know anything about computers.

KILLLLL FARMTOWN NOW! Someone hack and destroy it please.

RE: kill farmtown
By rburnham on 10/16/2009 10:33:32 AM , Rating: 2
It's like the WoW of Facebook.

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