Facebook surpasses Google as the most visited website in the U.S.

Facebook has surpassed Google as the most visited site on the Internet for the week March 13th in the United States.  This important milestone for Facebook shows that social connection and social media are truly outpacing traditional means of communication and connections.

This was the first time that Facebook had beaten out Google for the entire week, according to Hitwise.com.  Previously it had beaten Google out on certain days or even a weekend but it had never taken the rank of the most visited website for an entire week before. 

Does this mean that Google’s traffic is declining or that Facebook’s is increasing?  The reality is that both sites are actually increasing traffic but Facebook is growing faster than Google at the current time. 

Although, an interesting fact is that Google’s own Page Rank is 10 while Facebook’s is only 9.  Not a massive difference but when a higher page rank commands a higher pay to advertise, Google is still placing itself higher than Facebook.

As Facebook continues to grow, it will eventually top Google for a month and then possibly an entire year.  Although Facebook is winning the short term battle, Google will most likely win the longevity contest. 

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What would be worse. Someone hacking your Facebook account or your bank account? Banks have security against things like that; didnt facebook have to provide their entire source code at one point.

Facebook is the only social network site that i actually do like. Myspace is just horrible imo. also, like others have said at least myspace didn't pass google lol. I just wish myspace would go away already

Who cares....Its them that are earning money but not ME.in fact i am losing my money to them so who cares if who has the higher one.Well one thing i noe is i cant live w/o google search engine

I liked facebook more back when it was only for us college students once all the regular people came in the site turned into a sea of awful

I liked Facebook a lot more once I installed Facebook Purity to block all that app-crap. I like Google and their services too. I visit both websites regularly. I guess you could say I represent a typical American on the Internet.

Shadrack said,
I liked Facebook a lot more once I installed Facebook Purity to block all that app-crap. I like Google and their services too. I visit both websites regularly. I guess you could say I represent a typical American on the Internet.

I use "Better Facebook Fixer" as a Google chrome extension. Apart from a few things missing, it's made it much easier.

Shadrack said,
I liked Facebook a lot more once I installed Facebook Purity to block all that app-crap. I like Google and their services too. I visit both websites regularly. I guess you could say I represent a typical American on the Internet.

I block a lot of apps too... That can get obnoxious... You can block them individually rather easily as well...

Edited by M_Lyons10, Mar 16 2010, 10:55pm :

Suprised Google is so high, once you've done your search you leave google, facebook as a service is more substantial as a service. Picasa and YouTube, etc must boost the Google figure.

thealexweb said,
Suprised Google is so high, once you've done your search you leave google, facebook as a service is more substantial as a service. Picasa and YouTube, etc must boost the Google figure.

I think so too.. then again Google is a lot of a people's homepages as well, and I'm sure each search result page is counted too... I'm actually glad Facebook has gained so much and beaten them... it's a great service, and it's only going to get better. Just wish they blocked all the stupid users from commenting on their articles with stupid 'first' and bitching about the layout changes (yet those whiners still use the site, so obviously it works lol.. those idiots need to learn to accept change for the better). Of course, it's like that on every site though.. lol

j2006 said,

I think so too.. then again Google is a lot of a people's homepages as well, and I'm sure each search result page is counted too... I'm actually glad Facebook has gained so much and beaten them... it's a great service, and it's only going to get better. Just wish they blocked all the stupid users from commenting on their articles with stupid 'first' and bitching about the layout changes (yet those whiners still use the site, so obviously it works lol.. those idiots need to learn to accept change for the better). Of course, it's like that on every site though.. lol

What's worse than people bitching about the layout? People bitching about people having preferences. While I still find the site usable, there's no denying that the continuing website modifications have taken away customization. It's as if they're changing some things just for the sake of changing it, which is just a poor way of doing things. I understand that it may be hard to please the millions of people, but it makes me scratch my head when these people are all in agreement about the same issue.

SweetRiverBaynes said,
I agree with SHoTTa35, I never go to Google.com itself when I have Chrome's built in search bar.

Searching through Chrome would count as a visit as well I would imagine... Because the results are displayed on google.com...

"Although, an interesting fact is that Google’s own Page Rank is 10 while Facebook’s is only 9. Not a massive difference but when a higher page rank commands a higher pay to advertise, Google is still placing itself higher than Facebook."

Maybe that's related to the fact that the world is bigger then the U.S. and that Page Rank is based on links, not visits. There's nothing "interesting" about that (or wrong as it looks like you are implying).

Wait, is this counting traffic to facebook.com vs google.com or what? I would have thought that's been the case long ago cuz how many people actually go to "google.com" to search when they can just do it from their address bar or some toolbar they installed? Facebook.com on the other hand is the main conduit to reach facebook (apps aren't the main way).

SHoTTa35 said,
Wait, is this counting traffic to facebook.com vs google.com or what? I would have thought that's been the case long ago cuz how many people actually go to "google.com" to search when they can just do it from their address bar or some toolbar they installed? Facebook.com on the other hand is the main conduit to reach facebook (apps aren't the main way).
This is true if visits to the homepage of each site was the only thing that was counted.

SHoTTa35 said,
Wait, is this counting traffic to facebook.com vs google.com or what? I would have thought that's been the case long ago cuz how many people actually go to "google.com" to search when they can just do it from their address bar or some toolbar they installed? Facebook.com on the other hand is the main conduit to reach facebook (apps aren't the main way).

Searching Google and bringing up results from the search bar if it uses Google counts as well... If you notice the results displayed are on google.com...

RangerLG said,
Is this counting actual visits or when someone does a search from the search bar does that count as a visit?
The former. The latter makes no sense.

Edited by Kirkburn, Mar 16 2010, 4:05pm :

vincent said,
I closed my FB the other day, useless site

wow... useless? care to elaborate?
facebook has become part of many people's lives.. and is a central location where people can share their thoughts, photos, and socialize online... it's also a great place for businesses to get closer with their customers/fans..... useless I think not.

j2006 said,

wow... useless? care to elaborate?
facebook has become part of many people's lives.. and is a central location where people can share their thoughts, photos, and socialize online... it's also a great place for businesses to get closer with their customers/fans..... useless I think not.

I believe his post was opinion / preference... No need to get all upset... lol

vincent said,
I closed my FB the other day, useless site

Personally,
I consider it TOTALLY useless and in fact, should be against the law even!!

Between this and MySpace and Twitter, what a bunch of wasted bandwidth!!

Most people on these "social" networking sites are so ANTI social, they should probably be committed!!

Ridlas said,
Today is a sad day.

I dunno, what does it actually matter? Unless you're some super Google supporter, then I guess it is sorta sad.

While I don't do the whole social networking bit and don't care much for it, those who do it are fine with it and sharing their details, more power to them. If anything, it's kind of a good thing, the more people come together the better it is in the end.

Ridlas said,
Today is a sad day.

I don't see it as sad at all, honestly I don't think it means anything. With every modern browser featuring a built-in search field there is no point in making Google your home page. I can see a lot of people making Facebook their homepage. The change could be as simple as that.

Ridlas said,
Today is a sad day.

PEOPLE KEEPING IN TOUCH TOGETHER BECAME POPULAR?! NO FREAKIN WAY!!!

Seriously, I don't know how this is sad news at all unless you're an anti-social basement dweller...

dead.cell said,

PEOPLE KEEPING IN TOUCH TOGETHER BECAME POPULAR?! NO FREAKIN WAY!!!

Seriously, I don't know how this is sad news at all unless you're an anti-social basement dweller...

Yeah, I really don't see what the big deal is. I don't like Facebook personally, but I really don't care what site gets the most traffic...

sphbecker said,

I don't see it as sad at all, honestly I don't think it means anything. With every modern browser featuring a built-in search field there is no point in making Google your home page. I can see a lot of people making Facebook their homepage. The change could be as simple as that.

That is probably the answer.

dead.cell said,

PEOPLE KEEPING IN TOUCH TOGETHER BECAME POPULAR?! NO FREAKIN WAY!!!

Seriously, I don't know how this is sad news at all unless you're an anti-social basement dweller...

Sad how people socialize these days. What happens to PROPER eye to eye conversations? Facebook is nice but people are taking it to a whole different level on how they face people. Our society has become so scared to socialize, we have invented ourselves a new wall of confidence through the laptop screen. Bahhh facebook is nice and all but the levels it is being used is just not fit! anyhow, this is my personal opinion, im sure there are a few geeks out there that cant interact with anyone unless they are in front of a screen