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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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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.

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