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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 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 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 is my favourite website. That was the point, I think, of the posters you replied to.

RE: Microsoft
By masher2 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 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.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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