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Facebook becomes bigger hit than Google
Financial Times ^ | march 16, 2010 | chris nuttall

Posted on 03/17/2010 10:35:19 AM PDT by max americana

Social networking website Facebook has capped a year of phenomenal growth by overtaking Google’s popularity among US internet users, with industry data showing it has scored more visits on its home page than the search engine.

In a sign that the web is becoming more sociable than searchable, research firm Hitwise said that the two sites accounted for 14 per cent of all US internet visits last week. Facebook’s home page recorded 7.07 per cent of traffic and Google’s 7.03 per cent.

It is the first time that Facebook.com has enjoyed a weekly lead over Google.com. The lead may be slim, but it has become inevitable as Facebook’s popularity has grown rapidly from just over 2 per cent of visits a year ago. Heather Dougherty of Hitwise said that Facebook had “reached an important milestone” with the weekly figures.

Facebook’s membership has more than doubled in the past year, passing the 200m mark last April and 400m in February.

“The true value of Facebook and social networks is just becoming clear to marketers,” said Augie Ray, analyst at Forrester Research.

Although Facebook is enjoying rapid growth, it is only beginning to cash in on its success. Revenues at the social media company are estimated to be in the range of $1bn to $1.5bn this year, while Google took in $23.7bn last year.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Focus Software
KEYWORDS: facebook; google
does anyone NOT have a Facebook account nowadays?
1 posted on 03/17/2010 10:35:20 AM PDT by max americana
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To: max americana

I’m on Free Republic more than I am Facebook.

Now if only Iron Maiden’s website wasn’t down due to high traffic so I can get pre-sale tickets...


2 posted on 03/17/2010 10:37:27 AM PDT by wastedyears (The essence of training is to allow error without consequence.)
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To: max americana

I wonder what percentage of their increase is due to the addition of Sarah Palin and her fans??


3 posted on 03/17/2010 10:37:37 AM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: max americana

IMO, Facebook is a fad and will probably not exist in its current form in 10 to 20 years.

A few years back, Myspace was the place where everyone went (well, not me). Now, it is facebook and twitter.

I do not understand the fascination with any of these.


4 posted on 03/17/2010 10:38:19 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: mollynme

Not as big as the FB page “who’s bigger, Obama or a squirrel?”


5 posted on 03/17/2010 10:39:42 AM PDT by max americana
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To: max americana
I'm Google free. I see no reason to use any of their products.

I have been using Bing for over a year now as a search engine.

Bing

6 posted on 03/17/2010 10:41:05 AM PDT by lormand
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To: max americana

If I’m not on FR I’m on Facebook.

It’s a great way to keep up with friends and family.

That said, I am NOT Facebook friends with anyone I work with. One must keep their personal life separate from their professional life.


7 posted on 03/17/2010 10:43:51 AM PDT by TSgt (RE-ELECT NOBODY - VOTE THEM ALL OUT!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Networking and building relationships. They are both huge and amazing political tools for getting around the MSM and taking the message directly to the voters, Reagan style.


8 posted on 03/17/2010 10:44:56 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners, no mercy. 2010 is here...)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I do not understand the fascination with any of these.

Being able to find old friends on Facebook you thought you'd never see again has been a very good thing, at least for me.

9 posted on 03/17/2010 10:45:32 AM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Red in Blue PA

Facebook is allot of things, but not a fad.


10 posted on 03/17/2010 10:46:43 AM PDT by wzlboy
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To: MikeWUSAF

that’s a good idea.


11 posted on 03/17/2010 10:46:58 AM PDT by max americana
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To: Red in Blue PA
IMO, Facebook is a fad and will probably not exist in its current form in 10 to 20 years.

There is nothing on the internet that will exist in its current form in 10 to 20 years. Everything is constantly being upgraded and tweaked.

Well, maybe the Drudge Report will be the same.

12 posted on 03/17/2010 10:53:03 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Facebook is a really cool way to find old military buddies!


13 posted on 03/17/2010 10:54:37 AM PDT by TSgt (RE-ELECT NOBODY - VOTE THEM ALL OUT!)
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To: mollynme

I think that a move to social network based entertainment distribution has a bit to do with it.

In the early days of independant internet published musicians, I found new bands and ensembles through the original MP3.com when it was an indy publishing site.

Now I find bands and even new book authors through networks of friends, and most of those musicians and authors have a facebook account which gives the public news and updates on performances appearances, and new releases. With maybe a free song or free short story now and again.


14 posted on 03/17/2010 10:55:59 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Lizavetta

I resisted joining Facebook until my sister and daughter twisted my arm. It’s been pretty neat. Getting messages from people I haven’t seen for thirty years ... since we were little kids. My old grade school, middle school and high school even have Facebook pages. I have found it interesting but remain careful about who I add as “friends”.


15 posted on 03/17/2010 11:01:26 AM PDT by HOP
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To: max americana

I don’t go there often. A guy in our company was just let go yesterday for a post on his facebook about his boss. HE DIDN’T POST IT - but it was there to be seen by the wrong person.

Potential employers AND employers ARE looking if they can!


16 posted on 03/17/2010 11:08:56 AM PDT by RebelTXRose
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To: wzlboy
Facebook is allot of things, but not a fad.

Same thing was said about myspace......and whoever talks about that now? That was going to be "the thing" forever! 10 years may as well be a million when it comes to the internet.
17 posted on 03/17/2010 1:26:10 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: max americana

Me. Will never join any social networking site. I hate people.


18 posted on 03/17/2010 1:28:09 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: steve86

LOL


19 posted on 03/17/2010 1:28:45 PM PDT by tioga
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To: Red in Blue PA

Facebook seems to have a bigger following that myspace did. It was more for the younger crowd. Facebook was called by some the myspace for grown ups and is used by so many different people. It’s how I tend to keep up with my best friend, who is often busy and have talked to people I normally wouldn’t see again in this life or would only say “hello” to because of distance or time.


20 posted on 03/17/2010 1:29:07 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: Red in Blue PA

While facebook itself might be a fad social networking sites are not. You keep mentioning how facebook supplanted myspace as proof that facebook will go away, but you’re missing that they’re both social networking sites. The site that supplants facebook will also be a social networking site.


21 posted on 03/17/2010 1:30:02 PM PDT by discostu (wanted: brick, must be thick and well kept)
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To: HungarianGypsy

Call me crazy, but when I find someone, I like to talk directly to them through me email account, and not through some intermediary. What happens is Facebook ever goes belly up? All of your messages will go poof!


22 posted on 03/17/2010 1:32:16 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: RebelTXRose

If they can. I keep my facebook closed to anyone who is not a friend and some things are closed to professional colleagues. (yes, you can close items off by groups or people. like that feature_ Mostly because everyone else is someone I have either met or have potential to meet.


23 posted on 03/17/2010 1:32:35 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: Red in Blue PA

RE: “IMO, Facebook is a fad and will probably not exist in its current form in 10 to 20 years.

A few years back, Myspace was the place where everyone went (well, not me). Now, it is facebook and twitter.

I do not understand the fascination with any of these.”

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Agree — many people are finding Facebook to be a fun way to meet new (and old) friends without much real effort. My high school chums are all over it, reminiscing about the sixties and such. We’ve got our elementary school class photos on there as well. It has been fun, but people are dropping off, myself included.

This stuff has a definite time limit unless a poster is one of the few who have made it their whole life and can’t stop reading and posting. We’ve got a few like that on the friend list and the competitiveness and need to comment on every single thing is gag-worthy now. I’ve stopped posting altogether and doubt I will go back.

FR is MUCH, much better and always has been.


24 posted on 03/17/2010 1:35:07 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: CaliforniaCon

I admit I was prodded into setting up a FB acount by a friend and I did, but I never use the thing. I have tried it, but most of the comments are so inane and it seems like a total waste of time to me.


25 posted on 03/17/2010 1:38:32 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Shhh! I won’t mention that a group of freepers set up a hike in my area via FB. ;) But, seriously, to each his own. My Grand Aunt never could get comfortable with emailing.


26 posted on 03/17/2010 1:43:03 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: max americana

only refuseniks


27 posted on 03/17/2010 1:49:40 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Question: Can around 25-30% moonbat base really steal the country from us and hold it?)
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To: max americana
does anyone NOT have a Facebook account nowadays?

I don't. Nor myspace or twitter or linkedin or any of those, either. I like keeping a low profile on the net. I don't want people to find me that easily. I figure if I wanted to be in contact with them, I would be already.

28 posted on 03/17/2010 3:18:17 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: max americana

Not now...I’m farming.


29 posted on 03/17/2010 8:18:26 PM PDT by TNdandelion (Obama: From redistribution of wealth to redistribution of health-this commie's got you covered.)
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To: max americana

Sheep


30 posted on 03/17/2010 8:25:07 PM PDT by Electric Graffiti (If the constitutional eligibility of the president is not a "winning issue," then our nation is lost)
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To: max americana
does anyone NOT have a Facebook account nowadays?

(Raises right talon slowly ...)

31 posted on 03/22/2010 4:52:31 AM PDT by altair (I hope he fails)
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