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Googling is down in the U.S., it seems

Americans prefer socializing on Facebook to searching for information on Google or looking up videos on YouTube. For the first time since its inception, Facebook beat out Google for a full week as the most visited site in the U.S.  That is the word from online tracking firm comScore.  

Data from the research company indicates that during the month of August, Americans spent 41.1 million minutes on Facebook while spending just 39.8 million minutes on all Google sites combined.  

Nearly 10 percent of internet users across the U.S. use Facebook versus 9.6 percent for internet giant Google. Facebook has only one domain while the Google umbrella includes Google News, YouTube, Gmail and other sites, according to the 
New York Post and International Business Times.

"Internet users are spending more time posting photographs, updating status messages and scrolling through news from friends which is rivaling everything else people do online," said comScore.

This increase is significant as Google led by 12 percent just last year.  Internet users spent five percent of their time on the social networking site in August 2009 and less than two percent on Facebook in 2007 according to comScore.


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RE: Incorrect Wording
By cruisin3style on 9/10/2010 7:29:51 PM , Rating: 2
Just wanted to expand on this a little for anybody that didn't read the source articles but are reading this comment

The source article says nearly 10 percent of the minutes people spend online was devoted to Facebook versus 9.6% of their time online went to google sites.

So say of 1,000 people they all spend 6 minutes of every hour on facebook and ~5.75 minutes on Google sites, not 100 people out of a thousand use Facebook and 96 people/thousand use Google sites...big difference

RE: Incorrect Wording
By sleepeeg3 on 9/12/2010 12:19:06 AM , Rating: 2
That makes sense. Is there an editor over there at DT? The writers should at least pony up and correct their mistakes.

RE: Incorrect Wording
By mcnabney on 9/13/2010 12:34:36 PM , Rating: 2
The reference was poorly written, but more importantly it is an irrelevant measurement. Google is pushing for faster results to get users on their way (and happy, so they always come back). That is how Search should be, as simple and seamless as possible. Facebook is all about taking as much of your time as possible, especially with the stupid games which really are no different than tricking people into spending dozens of hours manipulating a spreadsheet. Facebook was a neat tool to reconnect, but it has felt stale for awhile now. Soon there will be something else to distract us.

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