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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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Different objectives
By carniver on 9/10/2010 8:09:17 PM , Rating: 5
Facebook is designed to waste your time and to reduce your productivity; Google on the other hand tries to give you the most accurate answer in the least amount of time.

Comparing the two sites based on the amount of time spend on the site is skewed. Let's compare them in terms of their USEFULNESS.

RE: Different objectives
By XZerg on 9/11/2010 2:07:34 AM , Rating: 2
semi-agree and semi-disagree and here is why:
agree: worthiness should be measured by usefulness and most likely google is ahead but facebook isn't all useless either

disagree: this study isn't useless as advertisements prices are supported by such studies.

although i agree for an average user this study is meaningless...

RE: Different objectives
By xsilver on 9/11/2010 4:02:58 AM , Rating: 3
add also the fact that if google was to get better, you'd actually spend less time there because it gives you better /more accurate information.

If facebook was to add features you'd spend more time there.

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