Is Facebook more popular than Google?

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Hitwise reports that Facebook managed to reach an "important milestone" by surpassing Google to become the most visited US website for the week ending March 13, 2010.

"Facebook.com recently reached the #1 ranking on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day as well as the weekend of March 6th and 7th," Hitwise analyst Heather Dougherty confirmed.

"The market share of visits to Facebook.com increased 185% last week as compared to the same week in 2009, while visits to Google.com increased 9% during the same time frame. Together Facebook.com  and Google.com accounted for 14% of all US Internet visits last week."

Meanwhile, ECommerceNews reacted to the latest statistics by noting that the development was a "major win" for Facebook.

"The ability to represent the social network as the number one site should count for a lot as corporate representatives talk to advertisers and investors, and could result in a direct boost in revenue," the company explained in an official blog post.

"A further snowball effect in terms of user interest might occur, too, since most people like to be part of something that's popular."