Facebook now the second most visited site in the U.S.

Facebook is, as you'll know, the most popular social network in the world. It overtook MySpace, which is now seeing a steady decline, with even the face of the company (Tom) having started ignoring his account. Facebook's growth is just as steady as MySpace's decline, and now, the website ranks as the second most visited website in America.

According to Mashable, Facebook is now larger than Yahoo!, in terms of site traffic, after it received 133 million unique visitors in January this year, with Yahoo! slightly below, at 132 million. Just recently, the social network celebrated it 400 millionth member, with the user base showing no sign of slowing down. Yahoo! remained the top U.S. website for years, until Google took the top spot, and now it has been pushed down to third, with the embedded graph below indicating its decline.

Social networking is becoming increasingly popular as years go by, with relatively new websites such as Twitter becoming extremely successful. The popularity may be somewhat attributed to the skyrocketing popularity of smartphones as of late, and, just as importantly, the applications that can be installed on them.

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They used to have an awesome radio service called LAUNCHCast which has been discoutninued. Too bad, now I have no reason to visit Yahoo!

This just proof as to how easily entertained and amused people are now a days. Sure doesn't take much to amuse some people!!

These social networking sites are more like a social disease, than anything. Can't stand any of them and all of them should be taken down, IMO.

cork1958 said,
This just proof as to how easily entertained and amused people are now a days. Sure doesn't take much to amuse some people!!

These social networking sites are more like a social disease, than anything. Can't stand any of them and all of them should be taken down, IMO.

So basically you nave no friends, got it.

cork1958 said,
These social networking sites are more like a social disease, than anything. Can't stand any of them and all of them should be taken down, IMO.

I agree, I won't have anything to do with any of them.

bob_c_b said,

So basically you nave no friends, got it.

People on facebook are what you would consider friends?

I completely agree with the original poster. All of these "social" sites are a crutch for the socially inept and nothing hammers this point home more than those stupid eharmony ads. I'm referring to the one where a guy says that "going to bars and clubs is really a passive way to meet people"?!?!?! right, and sitting in your room, in your undies, in front of a computer is proactive.

Blaxima said,
People on facebook are what you would consider friends?

Well, all the people on my Facebook are people I know irl. If you use Facebook to meet new people, then that's your problem. I use it to keep in touch with old school friends who are hundreds of miles away at university.

Blaxima said,

People on facebook are what you would consider friends?

Most of these sites' users are so indoctrinated that they can't even comprehend such a thing as having friends that aren't on facebook.

No Cork is right. Facebook started off great, it was a nice tool to keep in touch with family and friends and old contacts such as high school friends. But now it's an ad-filled advenutre through app crap, completely pointless groups, pages, and status updates. It's a digital wasteland of garbage and is not very useful for its original purpose.

bob_c_b said,

So basically you nave no friends, got it.

Haha... first thought that popped in my head too. No, I use Facebook but I don't particularly like using it. But it has kept me in touch with more people than I would have otherwise kept in touch with so it serves its purpose. It has also given me access to more couches to sleep on when I travel which has saved me a lot of money.

Blaxima said,

People on facebook are what you would consider friends?

I completely agree with the original poster. All of these "social" sites are a crutch for the socially inept and nothing hammers this point home more than those stupid eharmony ads. I'm referring to the one where a guy says that "going to bars and clubs is really a passive way to meet people"?!?!?! right, and sitting in your room, in your undies, in front of a computer is proactive.

And you have no friends either? Every one of my FB friends is a friend from the "real world" and I could not imagine friending a bunch of stragers. Yes, there are plenty of people on there with 300 friends who clearly never leave the house and play Mob Wars all day, but for the vast majority it's a way to keep up with real friends.

This has nothing to do with eHarmony or any other dating site, totally different topic. I've had a chance to catch up with college and high school friends, had some great dinner parties and now use FB to arrange social gatherings.

It's funny how those with the harshest opinoins have the least knowledge about the site? This might explain why you don't have any friends?

Like I said, these hopelessly addicted Facebook robots have no concept of friends outside of their pathetic website. You probably had to stop and update your status 4 times while typing that.

cork1958, nobody asked for your opinion. Well over 300 million people use Facebook and so clearly do not give a f*** what you think.

Those who hate this so called "social disease" - Does not using Facebook make you believe that you are above, and better than all of those that do? Does it build your self-esteem by making you feel more important?

Just because many people post status updates about crap, join useless groups and play stupid games, does not mean that all of those that use Facebook are the same.

Are you telling me that my Aunt who plays Scrabble with her daughter who lives in another city is socially inept? My partner, who uses Facebook to keep in contact with his family in another country, is socially inept? Or my friends, who use it to organize events like parties and get-togethers, are socially inept too? Or maybe I am socially inept, for using it to keep my clients up to date on various things?

If anyone is socially inept, it is you who are ridiculing what many use for very good reason.

Google Trends has an ability to compare websites. However, it says "Google has no data available for ranking". Perhaps, Mashable also does not chart Google.

http://trends.google.com/websites?q=Google.com,+yahoo.com,+facebook.com,+myspace.com&sa=N

I haven't been to this site in some time now and I must say that it has really become amateurish. This article has some distractingly poor usage of grammar.

Blaxima said,
I haven't been to this site in some time now and I must say that it has really become amateurish. This article has some distractingly poor usage of grammar.

I remember always finding poor grammar, spelling mistakes and just dumb wording in news papers. Praise the lord for I stopped reading them so I can easily "Report a problem" to fix any problems I may find in articles here on Neowin. Furthermore, Neowin never claimed to be professional. Yet it feels a billion times better than any news paper or their sites which are 100% mess. Dang. News papers should really clean up their sites o0.

Brandon said,
How is google not number 1?

It is. But the article is a bit stupid and not including it in that graph to show how far Facebook is from leading.

Edit: Ah, here it is! It is actually damn close! http://siteanalytics.compete.com/facebook.com+google.com/

It's still behind in unique visitors, but ahead if you only compare visits, so Facebook has more returning visitors than Google in the US. Facebook gained 94% more visitors the past year; Google 8%.

Edited by Northgrove, Feb 18 2010, 9:35am :

i agree..facebook need a feature to hide all the application crap like farmville and just let you see stuff that people have acutally posted

Windows7even said,
i agree..facebook need a feature to hide all the application crap like farmville and just let you see stuff that people have acutally posted

Well, you just have to edit your FB to be like that. Takes some time and effort but eventually it will be worth of it. I know because I have done it.

LVirus said,

Well, you just have to edit your FB to be like that. Takes some time and effort but eventually it will be worth of it. I know because I have done it.


Exactly. It just takes hiding all the applications that your fiends spam you with :P

Windows7even said,
i agree..facebook need a feature to hide all the application crap like farmville and just let you see stuff that people have acutally posted

Yeah exactly. I'm also starting to see when people comment on posts of non-friends! I'm starting to see a lot of these since the last site change:

FriendA commented on PersonIDontKnoworCareAbout's post.

wtf?

still1 said,
i thought google was the most visited in the US

which it is dang that simple page! don't people know to to use the searchbar on most browsers these day?

vice le von said,

which it is dang that simple page! don't people know to to use the searchbar on most browsers these day?
I wonder what site the search bar uses ...

Jebadiah said,

Search bar uses the search engine that you choose.

he is trying to imply that most search bar re-directs to the site of the search engine. which is coincidentally is Google(most default). So using a search bar still counts towards being visited.

x-byte said,
I wonder what site the search bar uses ...
Bing, which is why people go to Google's domain name rather than use a bar, right! :D

Tim Dawg said,
That says a lot about what people are doing online. Stupid Farmville is addictive!

Screw Farmville. I know a lot of people think flash games is the future of gamin, but I strongly disagree.

Tim Dawg said,
That says a lot about what people are doing online. Stupid Farmville is addictive!

Ya its addictive and i completed it :)

I don't think there is an end to the game. I saw a guy who was at level 70. I have no idea how long you have to play unitl you reach that level.