Top Social Media Sites of 2008 – Facebook Rising

That’s it. We are in 2009 now. And I wish Happy New Year, greater success and happines to all of you. And now because we just entered this happy new year, it’s time to turn back and see what was popular and which websites have been visited by millions of people everyday.

ComScore came out with its worldwide traffic stats for November a few days ago (so these don’t include December). These stats are (as you maybe already knew) combination of social media sites and blogging platforms. I think we all knew that these sites will dominate the web this year and I think that domination will be far more larger in next years that are awaiting us. I wasn’t surprised when I saw Blogger (orange line in the chart below) to be in the first place with 222 million unique worldwide visitors in November.

That’s simply because there are more and more blogs being created every single day, and Blogger has some easy blog creation tools, plus it is free… But Blogger was also at the first place because there are many many spamming blogs created that just copies of the content from other sites or just act as link farms. I think i visited only 3-4 quality blogs created at Blogger this year. Everything else was pure spam (blogs trying to make a quick buck). I hope Blogger will fix that in the near future.

Second place went to Facebook (blue line) which  is on pace to pass Blogger soon with 200 million unique visitors last month. (Note, though, that this is more than the 140 million active users Facebook itself reports — go figure). I am sure that Facebook will go beyond Blogger and have much more visitors, simply because we all know how addicting are these social networking sites. And because Facebook is constantly working on new features and add-ons to their site, so it’s never boring. The facebook fund is an indicator that they want to maintain interest while distributing accountability to ’smart programmers’ but I also sense they’re looking to redefine themselves as something other than a “myspace or friendster killer” – but then again, if I had $250M bucks, I may just not care, but I’m not there yet.

MySpace is on third place with pretty steady traffic of 126 million uniques. The reason why their traffic isn’t rising so much is fastly increasing domination of Facebook – MySpace Killer as some call it. (I agree on that one :)

WordPress is a close fourth and steadily gaining more visitors with at the moment 114 million unique visits.

And Windows Live Spaces is fifth with 22 percent down to 87 million uniques.

Overall: Facebook stands out as the social gorilla taking share from not only other social networks but blogs and other social media as well.

top sites chart

And here are the top 20 sites on comScore’s social networking list. Note on this list the stubborn persistence of Yahoo’s Geocities at No. 6, the rise of Yahoo’s Flickr at No. 7, Six Apart at No. 10, and the presences of Chinese sites like Baidu Space and The real surprise, though, is document-sharing site Scribd at No. 16, with nearly 24 million worldwide uniques.

Top Social Media Sites (by unique worldwide visitors November, 2008)

  1. Blogger (222 million)
  2. Facebook (200 million)
  3. MySpace (126 million)
  4. WordPress (114 million)
  5. Windows Live Spaces (87 million)
  6. Yahoo Geocities (69 million)
  7. Flickr (64 million)
  8. hi5 (58 million)
  9. Orkut (46 million)
  10. Six Apart (46 million)
  11. Baidu Space (40 million)
  12. Friendster (31 million)
  13. (29 million)
  14. (24 million)
  15. Bebo (24 million)
  16. Scribd (23 million)
  17. Lycos Tripod (23 million)
  18. Tagged (22 million)
  19. imeem (22 million)
  20. Netlog (21 million)

Here’s a screenshot of the actual data (as you can see, I rounded these above):


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Via: TechCrunch

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