Facebook has given its big rival Google the metaphorical middle finger up, by overtaking them in traffic on Christmas Day for the first ever time. This huge clash used to be a non contest but the social network has risen to go head to head with the world’s biggest website and search engine.
This heated battle will remain for many years to come, but over the past year you cant help but think that Facebook are edging it after taking away some of Google’s accolades. Christmas Day saw Facebook rake in 10.50% of internet traffic whilst Google.co.uk followed with 9.77%. The Daily Mail has pointed out that this shows the urgency of users to get online and share their Christmas experiences with friends and family.
We have been aware for a while that Google are hatching a social network of their own to try and regain dominance, after embarrassing failures in the past. The search engine will certainly be feeling like the ghost of Christmas Past if Facebook leap ahead of them in a similar fashion in 2011. Google will still be content however with their comfortable position as the world’s largest website, but must watch their backs, with Facebook’s threat growing rapidly.
The Next Web has reported that Facebook overtook Yahoo to become the 3rd largest internet site in the world, behind Microsoft and you know who. Next year will be very interesting as the battle for dominance will rage on between the two giants. It probably will not be long before Facebook sprints past Microsoft and goes ever closer to challenging Google to the crown for the largest internet website in the world. Leave us your thoughts on this story and tell us which site you visited more on Christmas day. From all of us here at OSM we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!