Facebook eclipses Google in usage for the first time ever

For the first time in internet history, people are spending more time on social network Facebook than search engine Google.

The data is revealed in a report released by Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney.

People spend over 41 billion minutes on Facebook every month in the U.S. alone—Google clocks in at just under 40 billion.

The chart below shows the decline of Yahoo and AOL websites and the stagnation of Microsoft websites contrasting the meteroic rises of Google and Facebook websites.

However, traffic-wise, Yahoo remains on top with 179 million monthly unique visitors (U.S.), while Google comes in a very close second with 178.8, and Microsoft locking down third with 165.3.

So on a time-per-visit basis, Facebook leaves the rest in the dust.

Credit: comScore, Citigroup, RWW

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Knowlton Thomas

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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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