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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a news conference where he unveiled a new Facebook messaging system in San Francisco, California November 15, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a news conference where he revealed a new Facebook messag system in San Francisco, California November 15, 2010.

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NEW YORK | Thu Dec 30, 2010 6:34pm EST

(Reuters) – Facebook blitzed Google for the first time as the most visited website in the United States for most of 2010.

The social network site edged out Google.com with 8.9 percent of all U.S. visits between January and November 2010, while Google.com ranked 2nd with about 7.2 percent of all visits, according to online analysis service Experian Hitwise.

Facebook’s rise to the top spot shows just how quickly the site has grown in popularity. Within the span of six years, Facebook has become the world’s largest Web social network with roughly half a billion users worldwide.

Google.com dominated the top spot as the most visited website in the USA in 2009 and 2008. News Corp’s MySpace was the No. 1 visited website in 2007. It is now ranked No. 7.

However, when all of Google’s properties are considered — such as YouTube and email, as an example — Google still reigns as the most visited site at 9.9 percent between January and November 2010. Facebook follows at 8.9 percent. Yahoo and all of its properties ranked third at 8.1 percent.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

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