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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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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.

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