networks are huge traffic generators. The big problem for Facebook and other
social networks isn't how to get traffic, but how to take the massive amount of
traffic they receive and turn those visitors into money for the site and
Despite the issues with security and privacy that some users have with
Facebook, the site is growing by leaps and bounds. Reuters reports
that Facebook has officially beat out Google.com
as the most visited website on the web. Facebook had 8.9% of all web visitors
in the U.S. between January and November 2010 while Google.com grabbed 7.2% of
all visits. The new stats come from online measurement service Experian
Facebook has been able to grow at an astonishing rate given the short six years
that the site has been online. Facebook is the largest social network with
roughly half a billion users around the world. During the time when Facebook
was young, the largest social network was the now troubled MySpace and Google
had the most visits of any site online.
Reuters points out that if you factor Google web properties like
YouTube and the Gmail service into the picture, Google is the most visited site
with 9.9% of web visits. Facebook would then be in second place with Yahoo and
its associated properties in third with 8.1% of visits from U.S. online users.
founder Mark Zuckerberg was also chosen as Time’s Person of the Year for 2010.