It's official: Facebook gets more visits than Google... but not really

by Knowlton Thomas

2010 has marked social network Facebook's surpassing of search engine Google in visits. earned 8.9 percent of American webpage visits from January to November 2010. earned 7.2 percent.

Google dominated the scene in 2008 and 2009, and MySpace (wow, really?!) ranked first in 2007 (now ranked 7th).

But, hark! Take into consideration Google-owned property—such as YouTube and Gmail—and Google remains the king of web traffic, handily so, with 9.9 percent. It's a partial victory for Facebook, bot not a true one. We'll see what 2011 brings.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. As a first step to fulfilling that mission, Google's founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a new approach to online search that took root in a Stanford University dorm room and quickly spread to information seekers around the globe. Google is now widely recognized as the world's... more

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

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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