Web Application Statistics

According to CompetePRO data, Bing and YouTube have shown the largest year-over-year (YOY) growth rates of the top five sites by unique visitor in March 2011. They come in #4 and #5 respectively. Google had about 150 million unique visitors, and it is still #1.

Although Google lost approximately 2.5% of its audience since March 2010, while Facebook grew its unique monthly visitor total by about 14.5% to about 140 million, and #3 Yahoo lost about 1%, to about 138 million unique visitors. Thus the fight for #2 and #3 is very close. Facebook over took Yahoo for second place in 2009.

Google found out that slowing search results by just 4/10ths of a second would reduce the number of searches by 8,000,000 per day

Bing hit #5 in December 2010, pushing out Amazon.com.

When it comes to total monthly time spent, Facebook easily outdistances its competitors. Facebook users spent a total of about 91.4 billion minutes on the site in March 2011, triple its nearest competitor, YouTube (about 30 billion minutes). YouTube has seen substantially higher year-over-year growth in total monthly time spent, however, increasing 133%, compared to 47% for Facebook.

Craigslist.org is #5 in monthly time spent, pushing Bing off the list with about 8.6 billion minutes, representing an almost 17% decline in minutes from March 2010. Bing has had virtually flat growth in monthly minutes since April 2009 and recorded about 2.5 billion in March 2011.

Facebook serves more than 2 million ‘Like’ buttons per second (June 2010).

Stats published by Nielsen show that social media usage has increased by 82% from 2009 to 2010.

Twitter was the fastest-growing social networking site in December 2009, during which it had 18.1 million unique visitors. That’s up from 2.7 million unique visitors in December 2008. Still, month-over-month, unique visitors decreased 5%, lending credence to the notion that the microblogging site’s popularity may be flatlining.

Facebook also held a clear lead in total page views during March 2011, recording about 85 billion. This was more than three times as many as number two Google, which had about 25.6 billion.

Craigslist.org is #3 in total page views with about 22.4 billion. YouTube lead year-over-year growth in this category at about 88%, with Yahoo Craigslist (-13%) and Google (-8%) experiencing negative growth. Bing roughly doubled its total page views from March 2010 to about 3.6 billion.

Bing's search engine had big growth in 2010 and grew 29% during 2010, driven by an 8% increase in unique searchers and 20% increase in searches per searcher.

In December 2009, Facebook was the most popular social networking site globally, with 67% of social media fans logging in.