Web Users Hang out More on Facebook than Google

By Dipankar Das, Gaea News Network
Saturday, September 11, 2010

<b>facebook</b>-logo According to new data from market researcher ComScore, Internet users spend more time socializing on Facebook in August rather than searching information on Google searching engine. Comscore further reported that people spent 41.1 million minutes on Facebook, which is 9.9 percent of the total number of minutes they spent online for the month. That surpassed the 39.8 million minutes, or 9.6 percent of total time, that Net users spent on all Google’s sites including its search engine, YouTube, Gmail, and Google News.

The latest stats is in contrast with August 2009 when Internet users spent less than 5 percent of their time on Facebook, about the same amount on Google sites, and almost 12 percent of their monthly minutes on Yahoo.
Facebook recently hit the 500 member milestone. Some reports say that its growth in US slowed down in the last few months after its meteoric rise in the past few years. However, the network still has many locations to grow outside the U.S., particularly in such countries as Russia, Japan, and South Korea, according to ComScore.
There is a sharp rise of Facebook users in India.The latest data from ComScore shows that Facebook’s membership grew 179 percent in India year over year to 20.9 million users. Orkut’s membership grew 16 percent there year over year to 19.9 million people.
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