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MySpace accounts for an estimated 4.46% of all US Internet visits

MySpace has shot all the way to the top of the ranks when it comes to Internet popularity. According to numbers released today by Hitwise, MySpace is the number one most visited domain the United States registering 4.46% of all traffic. This represents a 4,300% increase from two years ago and a 132% increase from last year. MySpace is becoming a force to be reckoned with online and is dominating its competitors. From Reuters:

MySpace, which dominates social networking on the Web, also gained share in June from other sites that aim to create virtual communities online for sharing music, photos or other interests, Hitwise said. MySpace captured nearly 80 percent of visits to online social networking sites, up from 76 percent in April. A distant second was FaceBook at 7.6 percent.

While MySpace may be popular with its young user base, it has been getting increasing pressure from the government, parents and advocacy groups over the vulnerability of its users to child predators. MySpace has taken steps to ensure that its users are safe online, but many feel that the company's efforts just aren't enough. MySpace’s most recent troubles revolve around a $30 million lawsuit brought forth by a mother who claims that her 14-year old daughter was abducted and sexually assaulted by someone she met on the social networking site.

Not surprisingly, some websites are taking issue with the recently released figures. Yahoo! is crying foul because it says that Hitwise ranks its domains which include search, news, and e-mail as separate entities. "When taking into account all of Yahoo!'s domains together as an entire network, Yahoo! clearly remains the number one property in terms of audience share, duration share, page view share and days visited per month," said the company in a news release.





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