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Google is once again on the move

2006 appears to be a banner year for Google. It purchased the highly popular YouTube online video site in early October and saw its stock price dance with the $500 mark in November. Now according to ComScore Networks Inc., Google Inc. has slightly edged in front of Yahoo! Inc. to become the second most visited website for the month of November.

ComScore's figures show that Google's site traffic rose by 9.1% to 475.7 million visitors while Yahoo's traffic rose just 5.2% bringing its tally to 475.3 million visitors. Microsoft still held on to a 26 million visitor advantage at 501.7 million.

News Corp.'s Fox Interactive Media sites also saw a significant increase in traffic thanks to the booming popularity of MySpace.com. Traffic for the company rose to a healthy 130.4 million visitors.

YouTube, Google’s recent acquisition, saw its visitors rise 24-fold to 107.9 million.



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RE: Microsoft
By kilj on 12/26/2006 4:07:07 AM , Rating: 2
You're forgetting Windows Update. I'm pretty sure there many people have auto-update turned on.


RE: Microsoft
By hecksign on 12/26/2006 4:45:26 AM , Rating: 1
not to forget when everytime programs crashes, if we click the report problems and more info, it will go to microsoft website...
BTW, where can i see the Most Visited Website in the World list?


RE: Microsoft
By robert5c on 12/26/2006 6:17:26 AM , Rating: 4
all three of you are basically point out functionality Microsoft provides, were do you expect Microsoft to send its users?

they aren't doing this just to be on the top of the list...they do this because its needed and simply business so lets stop suggesting the results are skewed


RE: Microsoft
By phatboye on 12/26/2006 10:57:47 AM , Rating: 2
Making MSN the homepage of MS IE is needed? Counting hits from MS UPdate or Error handling tool is needed?


RE: Microsoft
By masher2 (blog) on 12/26/2006 11:09:22 AM , Rating: 1
I suggest you reread the original post, as you missed the meaning entirely.


RE: Microsoft
By cgrecu77 on 12/26/2006 3:25:33 PM , Rating: 2
if i recall correctly firefox sets the home page by default to mozilla.com as well, so I'm not sure what is your point. Also, msn.com and Microsoft.com are two different websites + most people change their browser home page (by intention or not ...)


RE: Microsoft
By Xavian on 12/26/2006 11:00:21 PM , Rating: 2
actually no it doesn't it uses a customised page from google.

If you check the website that the default homepage goes to on the first install of firefox its www.google.com but with a small snippet added at the end to provide a mozilla skin.

Heres the link:

http://www.google.com/firefox?client=firefox-a&rls...


RE: Microsoft
By Steve Guilliot on 12/27/2006 6:24:10 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm, so would you say the default behavior of Firefox skews the numbers in favor of Google?

All this is BS anyway. Of the hundreds of thousands of websites the average web-surfer goes to in thier lives, the *vast* majority are intentional, not due to some new-browser trickery. Bottom-line, Microsoft probably earned their rating.



RE: Microsoft
By ATC on 12/26/2006 11:16:58 AM , Rating: 2
I think the premise of this finding was to show the 'popularity' of certain sites.

Just because I visit windows update often does not mean that microsoft.com is my favourite website. That was the point, I think, of the posters you replied to.


RE: Microsoft
By masher2 (blog) on 12/26/2006 11:57:37 AM , Rating: 3
Google isn't my 'favorite' website either. It's simply the one I visit the most. See the point? It doesn't matter why you visit a site-- if you view it, the site is getting traffic


RE: Microsoft
By ATC on 12/26/2006 1:26:46 PM , Rating: 2
I know what you're saying. We can go on all day long with this. : )

My point was that MSFT's site is an essential site for updates and so on. Google isn't. You found google to be better than other sites at certain things and you 'prefer' it, am I correct? Put another way; there are many alternative search engines to google, but the same cannot be said for Windows Update.

All I am saying is that I see your point and it's valid but also the point of the posters saying that MSFT should be excluded from the list. It's a grey area to say the least.


RE: Microsoft
By masher2 (blog) on 12/26/2006 2:03:09 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're still missing the salient point here though. Traffic rankings are a measure of traffic only, and are not intended to measure ones personal feelings towards the sites you visit, nor the reasons why you do so.

If Google had zero competitors, its page hits would, from a traffic ranking basis, be no more or less valuable than they already are. Advertisers pay for hits...and a hit is a hit, regardless of the reasons behind it.

And I could be wrong, but I don't believe the hits from Windows Update are even counted in Microsoft's totals, unless users manually navigate to the site. All the auto-updates are excluded automatically.


RE: Microsoft
By mindless1 on 12/26/2006 12:37:17 PM , Rating: 2
Where do we expect to be sent? How about:

IE homepage - The most popular search engine by user choice.

Report Problems/More Info - A HTML page installed with Windows that apologizes for making us click away the problem MS isn't spending enough time to fix instead of spending that time restricting EULAs and stripping features out of Vista.

The implication is obvious, these are places we choose NOT to go to, but it's thrust upon us. Nothing like paying for what someone else wants you to have, is there?


RE: Microsoft
By cochy on 12/26/2006 3:38:20 PM , Rating: 2
One thing doesn't have to do with the other. No one is saying MS is intentionally trying to become the world's most visited Internet site. However, intentionally or not, the results are in fact skewed in this regard if you consider the above points.


RE: Microsoft
By hecksign on 12/27/2006 5:03:57 AM , Rating: 1
I didnt say that microsoft webpage should not be in the list. Dont misunderstand what i say. i only say the reason people go to their site.
about mozilla setting its default webpage as google and IE default site is msn, i use both of the but i changed both of my homepage to yahoo because i use yahoo alot.


RE: Microsoft
By kamel5547 on 12/27/2006 12:34:36 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, I highly doubt that Automatic updates counts as a page view... neither does sending error reports (actually clicking more info for an error report and going to a web page would count). By those metrics merely conencting to any type of server becomes a "page view" hence pinging a server, connecting to a time server, etc would count. I'm pretty sure in that case WoW would be pretty high up the list of "page views".

At least I would hope that page views are only counted when a web browser is involved but who knows...


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