Friday, 31 December 2010 13:04

Facebook site top searched, top visited (with asterisk)

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Facebook lovers rejoice, Facebook haters get ready: Facebook and variations thereof were not only the most searched for terms in 2010, but Facebook was also the most visited site, although the asterisk comes if you merge Google and YouTube's visit results, as it too can then claim 'most visited' status.

Experian Hitwise has come out with a press release explaining the most searched for terms and the most visited sites in 2010.

For better or worse, the blessing or curse that is Facebook has come out on top in both categories, with Hitwise saying that it's 'the second year that the social networking website has been the top search term overall, accounting for 2.11 percent of all searches', although there were actually 'four variations of the term 'facebook' among the top 10 terms and [they] accounted for 3.48 percent of searches overall.'

Presumably showing how potentially clueless some Internet users really are, Hitwise unveils the rather stunning stat that the term 'facebook login' moved up from 9th spot in 2009 to second spot in 2010.

Clearly, there are a LOT of people out there typing in 'facebook login' into Google because they can't remember how to type facebook.com into the address bar, or are confusing the address bar with the Google search bar, or are just lazy. Or something else. It is slightly pathetic - you'd think the Internet would make us smarter. Sigh.

For more details on the exact percentages of the top 10, be sure to visit Experian Hitwise's media release.

2009's top 10 most searched terms were
1. facebook
2. myspace
3. craigslist
4. youtube
5. yahoo mail
6. google
7. yahoo
8. ebay
9. facebook login
10. myspace.com

This compares with the 2010 top 10 most search terms:

1. facebook
2. facebook login
3. youtube
4. craigslist
5. myspace
6. facebook.com
7. ebay
8. yahoo
9. www.facebook.com
10. mapquest

The top 10 visited sites for 2009 and 2010 are on page two, please read on!


When it comes to top visited websites, Facebook was the No.1 and accounted for 8.93% of all US visits between Jan and November 2010.

However, Google was in second spot with 7.19% and YouTube is in fifth position at 2.65%, and if those two figures are joined together, they push Google and YouTube to the top of the most visited list with a combined total of 9.85% of all US visits, although Facebook still has the biggest individual figures.

Despite the popularity of Gmail and Hotmail, Yahoo Mail is still in No.3 spot with 3.52% of visits and Yahoo! itself is still in fourth spot with 3.3% of visits.

2009's top 10 most-visited sites were:

1. www.google.com
2. mail.yahoo.cm
3. www.facebook.com
4. www.yahoo.com
5. www.myspace.com
6. mail.live.com
7. www.youtube.com
8. search.yahoo.com
9. www.msn.com
10. www.ebay.com

This compares with the 2010 top 10 most-visited website list:

1. www.facebook.com
2. www.google.com
3. mail.yahoo.com
4. www.yahoo.com
5. www.youtube.com
6. www.msn.com
7. www.myspace.com
8. mail.live.com
9. search.yahoo.com
10. www.bing.com

Visit Experian Hitwise's release for more details.

 


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