Google and Facebook Top Internet Destinations of the Year

December 29, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google knows everything and Facebook knows everyone!

If you do not think each day of your web surfing is a proof of that, we have some data released by market research firm Nielsen, which crowns Google the top internet destination this year, while ranking Facebook second.

Google logged 153.4 million average unique visitors per month, while Facebook’s numbers stood at 137.6 million.

Yahoo came in at No. 3 with 130.1 million unique monthly visitors, while Microsoft’s MSN/WindowsLive/Bing and Google’s YouTube rounded up the top 5.

Facebook did not manage to knock off Google in the race to become the top internet destination, but the social networking giant was bent on reigning at the top of all other social networks and blogs in the US.

Blogger came in at a distant second with 45.7 million average monthly unique visitors, and Twitter was third with 23.5 million.

Google+ managed to grab the No.8 spot, with 8.2 million average unique visitors per month, behind WordPress.com MySpace, LinkedIn, and Tumblr.

Coming to video, of course YouTube was the top US online destination with 106.7 million. Vevo was a very distant second with 34 million average unique monthly visitors. Facebook came in at No. 3 with 29.8 million average unique monthly visitors.

Video-streaming site Hulu came in at No. 8 with 12.4 million average unique monthly visitors. And at No.10 was troubled video site Netflix, with 7.4 million average unique monthly visitors.

According to Nielsen, the top five smartphone manufacturers were Apple, with 29 percent market share, HTC (21%), RIM (17%), Samsung (11%) and Motorola (11%).

Will positions change by this time next year? Wait and watch.

In the meanwhile, here are two charts that give you the story in a nutshell.

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