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Facebook now has about twice as many users as MySpace

Social networking is big business in the internet economy. Two of the largest players in the U.S. and global social networking world are MySpace and Facebook. Facebook was once the new kid on the block up against the established MySpace, but that had now drastically changed.

According to the most recent data from ComScore, Facebook is now quickly outpacing MySpace in the number of users. Adage reports that in June of 2008 the two social networking sites were the same size in terms of unique users.

Since June of last year, Facebook has started pulling swiftly away from MySpace in terms of users with Facebook posting growth of 10 percent per month as MySpace stays the same in terms of traffic.

Facebook now claims 200 million unique users to MySpace's 100 million according to Adage. The glut of the growth Facebook has experienced comes from countries other than America. MySpace is quick to point out that while Facebook has outpaced it in unique visitors, it still sells more ads.

MySpace issued a statement saying, "We are laser focused on building a sustainable global business which we measure by profits and revenue -- not just eyeballs. In a tough economic climate, our international revenue is up 30% year over year and we continue to focus on those markets with the strong monetization opportunities. Additionally, MySpace continues to dominate the U.S. market -- where the bulk of online advertising revenues reside -- both in terms of monetization and user engagement with more than 76 million unique users and a 40% spike in engagement year over year."

Adage also notes that if you take the latest ComScore data showing about a billion global Internet users, the 200 million users of Facebook equates to about one in every five Internet users visiting the site. Last year Facebook was looking for a new home after growing so much its facility was too small.

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Facebook vs MySpace
By Spivonious on 1/27/2009 1:03:43 PM , Rating: 5
I think Facebook gets more distinct users because every user's page has the same layout and colors.

MySpace is just a jumbled mess.

I have pages on both, and I haven't logged into MySpace in over a year, yet I check Facebook about once a week.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By Maharajamd on 1/27/2009 1:19:22 PM , Rating: 5
Agreed. Coding prevails here. Facebook has always been a solid php application. Myspace is a mess.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By othercents on 1/27/2009 2:03:25 PM , Rating: 5
MySpace is quick to point out that while Facebook has outpaced it in unique visitors, it still sells more ads.

Facebook also seams more laid out for users instead of advertising. MySpace is such an advertising gluten.


RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By Some1ne on 1/27/2009 6:20:50 PM , Rating: 2
That's crazy talk. Nothing written is PHP is "solid". That's why they had so much trouble rolling out their platform API with respect to getting it to scale gracefully.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By quiksilvr on 1/27/2009 1:26:29 PM , Rating: 2
What pissed me off the most was all the soft core porn ads (CALL ME I'M NAKED! LOOK AT MY BOOOOBS!)

But you have to hand it to MySpace for allowing so much customization to your page.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By Smartless on 1/27/2009 1:57:00 PM , Rating: 2
Lol Facebook tailors the ads you get to your status, residence, and personal info that you log. I get the, "Are you fat?", "Are you getting married?", "Are you poor?" ads. My friend changed his status to married just so they quit posting "Are you single and lonely" ads on his site.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By PhoenixKnight on 1/27/2009 2:01:05 PM , Rating: 5
And that's one of the many reasons I use Adblock Plus.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 1/28/2009 11:04:39 AM , Rating: 2
I think I've become immune to ads... Like my brain tells my eyes don't even drift to the sides, it's just junk. I really have to make a conscious effort to look at advertisements (only seems to work on web pages).

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By tenchymuyo2 on 1/28/2009 11:08:55 PM , Rating: 2
A-friggen-men. Firefox + Adblock Plus (And the google addon which lets you block all ads and click-tracking) RULES!

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By Dreifort on 1/30/2009 3:47:09 PM , Rating: 2
so I take it you don't like DailyTech making money off ads to provide this free site to users? (click tracking is major part of that)


RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By QueBert on 2/2/2009 11:48:11 PM , Rating: 1
Are you kidding me?? These people can't be bothered with worrying about HELPING a FREE site make money. As a matter of fact I'm sure a lot of them think they should get paid to access facebook since they're so fucking special.

I can't wait until a unblock able method of advertising comes along, or sites just become pay to use. Sick of everyone wanting everything for free. I come on Anandtech every day multiple times, I'm decent enough to let a few ad's pop up so it HELPS THEM generate some revenue. Heaven forbid the ad's annoy you *awwwh!*

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By Wastedspacer on 1/27/2009 2:28:57 PM , Rating: 3
I have to say the thumbs-up/thumbs-down Ad clearing option seems a reasonably effective way to get rid of the most annoying sidebar ads (and keep one or two ones where there's a vague interest level) but the header/footer ads don't yet have a way to manually filter the level of interest.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By Yawgm0th on 1/27/2009 4:08:27 PM , Rating: 4
I, as a joke, put that I was in a relationship with one of my male friends. We "ended" it after less than a week, but it took about six months for the gay ads to stop coming.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By arazok on 1/27/2009 1:50:25 PM , Rating: 3
I don’t use either, but my wife is glued to Facebook 24/7 after abandoning My Space.

I think facebooks reason for success is more simple then functionality or layout. With Facebook, she can control who can access her profile. With MySpace, everything she posted was there for the world to see. She preferred the former.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By HaB1971 on 1/27/2009 2:10:42 PM , Rating: 2
I refuse to get pulled into social networking sites. They offer me nothing that I care about and if I want to keep in contact with my friends i'll do the old fashioned thing and get off my backside and go see them in the flesh.

I'm sure one of you will gladly point out that i'm behind the times or just a sad individual.

The girlfriend is a Facebook addict and i've viewed her page and it just full of worthless junk and people who are about as interesting as the 700 club, in other words they are useless and mindless. She has had a MySpace page too but it has not been used it in a long while.

To quote Edmund Blackadder I find that Facebook is "Like a broken pencil... Pointless"

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By othercents on 1/27/2009 2:34:01 PM , Rating: 4
if I want to keep in contact with my friends i'll do the old fashioned thing and get off my backside and go see them in the flesh

I have friends all over the world and it is difficult to communicate to go see everyone as quickly as I communicate through Facebook. My friends want to know what is going on and I want to know what is going on with them. Much easier to post in one location then to visit or 100 people in a month just to tell them I got engaged.

The nicest thing about Facebook is that I have been able to rekindle friendships with people who I hadn't seen since High School or College.


RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By Xerio on 1/27/2009 2:55:31 PM , Rating: 2
I am with you on that one. I have recently come in contact with friends from my high school years. I would not have known how to contact them otherwise.

I also agree to some extent those that say it is pointless. Although I disagree with that extreme, I do agree that many people spend way too much time on these social networking sites and are losing the face-to-face social skills.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By HaB1971 on 1/27/09, Rating: -1
RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By othercents on 1/27/2009 7:11:06 PM , Rating: 4
I don't consider virtual friends as friends, until I meet them, can look them in the eye and know their true intentions then they are a total stranger. Again you probably have a different view and you are welcome to it.

That's funny... No I don't make friends on Facebook and I rarely use the chat interface. Everyone that is my friend I knew before I added them to Facebook. A good majority live in Houston where I grew up, but I now live in Denver. However I have friends from college almost everywhere including one in England. Plus I have family in Japan and Turkey.

It is nice to have one place put information, but I usually talk to family over the phone. My other friends or extended family only need a simple three line message post on my page and if they are totally interested in knowing more then they will ask. I'm very articulate in emails, but I don't expect everyone to be. I also don't expect everyone to have friends like I have.

While I usually travel every month I haven't made it to Japan in a while and I will be making another trip to Turkey shortly. However more has happened in my life since then and if I really needed to travel more I don't know how I could afford the $1000+ airline tickets every month to visit Japan, Turkey, and England. Facebook works for me where I need it to along with many other forms of communication that I use.

In short Facebook isn't for everyone, but that doesn't mean that it is worthless for everyone.


RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By HaB1971 on 1/28/2009 10:21:54 AM , Rating: 3
I see that it is mob rule with the rate downs just for replying, democracy in action at its finest.
No insults were intentionally implied and my own personal opinion was offered.
While I fully understand that trolls need to be herded away and down right idiotic posts should be rated down. Swimming against the current of popular opinion is never a fun thing.

If you like, love and use social networking then hoorah for you, that’s your purview as I have plainly said.
I'm speaking up for those like myself regardless of the minority that don't like them and see no value in them.
I believe some would see that as the other side of the coin.

Then why am I posting in a thread about something I care not a jot about?
Because I can offer my opinion and maybe start/join an anti-social networking group that no one can join. Oh wait, never mind that will be

But rate down because you feel like it.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By geddarkstorm on 1/28/2009 2:18:21 PM , Rating: 3
I don't mean any offense or anything by this, but I do kinda find it ironic for someone who does not consider people they meet on-line as friends, or social networks as worthwhile (though I don't use them either), to be spending their time posting opinions and getting flustered on the internet.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By HaB1971 on 1/29/2009 1:10:30 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not at all 'flustered on the internet' nor do I take offence from your reply.

There is a certain amount of irony here. It is akin to complaining about people who complain. I do come to this website daily and I do read the articles and the comments of others and rarely do I ever post or reply. I would think that no one here wants to be my 'Friend' anyway.

This is different enough for me, no matter how small a difference, that I do not cast this in the same light as Facebook.

I am quite sure it could be argued otherwise.

Thank you.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By arazok on 1/27/2009 3:23:58 PM , Rating: 2
I’m with you 100%. I call it Dramabook, because of all the BS gets created by it. Some of my wifes friends add a ‘friend’ that my wife hates, and I have to hear about it for days. Or person X says something stupid about person Y on person Z’s wall, and all hell breaks loose. Women seem to feed off this stuff, but it makes my stomach churn.

My single friends use it to pick up chicks. Me and my married friends won’t touch it with a 10ft pole.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By glennpratt on 1/27/2009 8:23:46 PM , Rating: 5
Going out on a limb here, but these criticisms probably have more to do with your friends and family than Facebook.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 1/28/2009 11:14:12 AM , Rating: 2
I refuse to get pulled into social networking sites. They offer me nothing that I care about and if I want to keep in contact with my friends I’ll do the old fashioned thing and get off my backside and go see them in the flesh.

You need to join facebook, and then become a Knight. Then all your problems will be solved and you will know what it can offer you. :P

Really, just take it for what it is... It’s just a place for people to go and make small talk. The thing is one should limit the amount of time they spend on pages like this. After all, as you state, it’s good to leave the house and really visit friends, family, or meet new people.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By bmeanleet on 1/27/2009 3:44:01 PM , Rating: 4
Also on top of what you pointed out, facebook has far less random stacys', candis' trying to add you to go to some porn website.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By Gunbuster on 1/27/2009 4:06:05 PM , Rating: 2
I just wish bands would get with it on Facebook, then I could dump Myspace.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By rburnham on 1/27/2009 4:06:16 PM , Rating: 2
I started out using Myspace, but everyone's page was too busy, had too many ugly designs, they all had music that started right up as soon as you clicked on their page... it was just annoying to use. It seemed geared towards teenagers with no taste and nothing interesting to say except "Look at me!"

Facebook is clean, neat, well organized and not defined by cheap, tacky webpage graphics. It seems geared towards a more adult, professional crowd. Were it not for a few friends still lingering in Myspace, I would delete that account and use just Facebook.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By Nightowl358 on 1/27/2009 5:29:47 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Myspace pages for the most part make my eyes bleed. Horrible site layouts. Some sites are practically unreadable.

RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By Quiescent on 1/27/2009 7:59:07 PM , Rating: 1
I would give you another +1 if it was possible. Because seriously, that myspace bullshit with layouts is a terrible mess. People who have little to no sense of how they should have foregrounds and backgrounds. Backgrounds that have a variety of colors, and foregrounds that end up blending in. Or terrible backgrounds that are less colorful, but they still can't figure out how to use foregrounds that match but do not clash or blend!

Oh and most of their shit is just that.

Despite the many invites I avoid on my facebook to applications, I STILL prefer it, because it's organized better, has more features in all, and isn't fucked up!


RE: Facebook vs MySpace
By MScrip on 1/28/2009 1:03:34 AM , Rating: 2
Myspace focused on customizable layouts as its killer feature. And now it's killing them. No one is interested in your ability to copy some CSS code or paste a link to a glitter graphic.

Facebook concentrated on what your friends are doing. A simple, unified layout that lets your personal network shine through. Content is key... not presentation. I don't really ever go to someone's Facebook profile anyway. If they update their status or post new photos, I can see that headline in my News Feed. It's like an RSS feed... you don't have to go to the site to see what's new. News Feed gives me a quick rundown on what's happening.

And now, Myspace is copying almost every one of Facebook's features...

- photo tagging (a Facebook first, and now Facebook is the largest photo sharing site)
- friend updates (news feed)
- People You May Know (come on Myspace, at least try to call it something different)... desperate much?

Facebook is even capturing the last internet demographic... ages 40+ ... Myspace's days are numbered.

By Smilin on 1/27/2009 1:09:27 PM , Rating: 3
MySpace just seems like it's crowded with kids. Facebook is more appealing to me as an adult.

RE: Candyland
By RU482 on 1/27/2009 1:14:30 PM , Rating: 3
crowded with kids, and a damn song that scares the hell out of you every time you open someone else's page

RE: Candyland
By dubldwn on 1/27/2009 1:27:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I didn’t know much about the networking sites so I asked my friends. They said go with Facebook because it’s good for adults. Plus, I felt like there was this stigma attached to being an adult and being on MySpace, like you’re some kind of weirdo.

RE: Candyland
By austinag on 1/27/2009 1:53:25 PM , Rating: 1
If you want a networking site actually aimed at adults (with jobs) that actully serves a purpose, not that "look at pictures of my trip to Oklahoma" isn't a legitemate use of the internet, try:

RE: Candyland
By Spivonious on 1/27/2009 2:05:05 PM , Rating: 2
*cough* spam *cough*

RE: Candyland
By glennpratt on 1/27/2009 8:30:08 PM , Rating: 3
Really? LinkedIn is a pretty well established site, I seriously doubt that was spam.

However, LinkedIn doesn't, nor does it try to, replace Facebook.

RE: Candyland
By MScrip on 1/28/2009 12:34:48 AM , Rating: 2
MySpace just seems like it's crowded with kids.

What does that mean? Do kids keep bothering you with friend requests?

I'm pretty sure the kid across the street has both Myspace and Facebook... but they aren't on my friends list, so it doesn't matter to me. You know there's millions of people on Facebook, right?

Every kids in middle school has e-mail... but that doesn't bother me either.

Adults prefer FB
By L1011 on 1/27/2009 1:14:57 PM , Rating: 2
I was on MySpace and I hated the interface and the in-your-face ads everywhere. The interface for a non-html person is confusing and I didn't enjoy my experience there at all. I'm on Facebook now and haven't looked back.

Facebook needs to tighten up security though. I want more granular control of who can see what.

RE: Adults prefer FB
By dubldwn on 1/27/2009 1:37:07 PM , Rating: 2
I'm only going to use FaceBook, and maybe I’m in the minority, but one thing I like about MySpace is you can look at anyone’s page. You can see what people all over the world are doing. On Facebook you don't even seem to have the option to let anyone look at your page.

RE: Adults prefer FB
By ss284 on 1/27/2009 1:56:32 PM , Rating: 5
Change your privacy settings to allow anyone to look you up. Personally I prefer being able to lock my profile to friends only.

RE: Adults prefer FB
By dubldwn on 1/27/2009 2:25:26 PM , Rating: 2
whoa. I didn't know you could do that. Thanks 284! Wait, it doesn't seem like anyone is. I don't think most people know.

RE: Adults prefer FB
By therealnickdanger on 1/27/2009 2:41:06 PM , Rating: 5
You can actually control access for each person individually, group policies, and what each person or group can (or can't) see and how they can interact with your profile. FB gives you amazing control over personal security.

I effectively have four access policies set up:

Non-friends (people searching for my profile) can only see my name and profile picture.
Acquaintances can more stuff like my Wall and some other profile photos (but can't comment on anything)
Friends can see almost everything and comment on almost anything
Family can see and comment on anything in addition to having seperate photo galleries and stuff.

You can create all your own custom groups with whatever names you want. It's completely custom. Check it out.

And now there is also Linked in and Plaxo
By PAPutzback on 1/27/2009 2:06:06 PM , Rating: 3
I'd like facebook if there weren't so many freaking applications. I know you can ignore them but it is an addtional step to deal with.

RE: And now there is also Linked in and Plaxo
By dubldwn on 1/27/2009 2:28:01 PM , Rating: 2
What's an application?

RE: And now there is also Linked in and Plaxo
By GeorgeH on 1/27/2009 4:10:13 PM , Rating: 3
An application is a domesticated Venezuelan ninja.

By oTAL on 1/28/2009 4:47:08 AM , Rating: 2
Don't be silly!
Domesticating a ninja would be like domesticating a crocodile... at anytime he can just flip out and kill all your friends and family.

By therealnickdanger on 1/27/2009 1:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
What's funny is that MySpace's 100 million users is made up of tons of bogus spam accounts, bands, and other crap. Facebook has amazingly tight control over this. I'm pulling these numbers out of my butt, but I'd say that FB probably has three times the number of legitimate users that MS does.

Let's face it, if my 60+ year old parents, aunts, uncles, and their friends are using Facebook, it speaks volumes to its success. As it stands, I now get more (personal) messages via Facebook than e-mail or text messages combined!

By Master Kenobi on 1/27/2009 1:42:34 PM , Rating: 2
As it stands, I now get more (personal) messages via Facebook than e-mail or text messages combined!

This either speaks volumes about how little texting and emailing you do, or how rediculously large your facebook list is.

By therealnickdanger on 1/27/2009 2:35:05 PM , Rating: 3
It's just my personal contacts. My work e-mail alone dwarfs all my personal communication, but among my personal contacts, my most frequent friend contacts are all on FB and then so is my family. Altogether, I've only got about ~300 friends on FB. And that's 300 friends that I interact with, very few of them are random acquaintances.

Need to set up a birthday party? FB. Road trip? FB. Ski trip? FB. Coffee? FB. Family event? FB. Share photos? FB. Videos? FB. Tell people what you're up to? FB. Say "hello" to someone? FB. I'm not saying that I don't call, e-mail, or text people either, but FB is just the centerpoint for SO MUCH interaction.

I should state that I have my phone tied to my FB account, so every message, wall post, comment on my profile gets texted to me and I can text back through FB. I also visit FB frequently on my phone using Skyfire. Many of my contacts have their accounts set up the same way. So technically, I do an insane amount of texting, but most of it is intertwined with FB.

Looking at my Sprint phone records over the past several months, I seem to average per month:

800 minutes (combined anytime and weekend)
1,200 text messages (most via FB)
3,600,000KB data

By MScrip on 1/28/2009 1:18:23 AM , Rating: 2
This either speaks volumes about how little texting and emailing you do, or how rediculously large your facebook list is.

I'm the exact same way. I do way more communication on Facebook.

I still email and text... but it's for different purposes. An email or text is like writing a letter to one person... "Dear Sally..."

But if I write on someone's Wall on Facebook, others can see it and join in the conversation.

Facebook has become my personal address book. I stopped asking for people's email address years ago. Why would I wanna write a plain vanilla email to someone when I can visit their profile, look at their pictures, write on their wall or send them a message on Facebook?

Besides... when I log into Facebook, my News Feed is full of all sorts of stuff: new photos, people's statuses, wall conversations.

My Gmail address book is boring... :(

Email is for work... Facebook is for play.

By Josh7289 on 1/27/2009 6:13:07 PM , Rating: 3
I was one of the people that created a new account in/since summer 2008. It honestly helped me get back in touch with a lot of high school friends I hadn't seen for a while, so +1 for Facebook.

They both suck
By Proxes on 1/27/2009 4:53:26 PM , Rating: 2
There's a few people I work with that every time they change or add a picture in myspace they have to show me. Uh huh, I know what you look like I'm standing right next to you. Then it quickly falls into them showing you all their friends and telling you their life stories.

My girlfriend uses facebook because most of her family and friends are in a different country, but I really don't need to see 200 pictures of people I never met and probably will never meet.

Like everything facebook has its uses and is very important for some people. Myspace on the other hand needs to die a quick death and burn in hell fire for an eternity.

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