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Facebook Beats Google
A Symbol of Facebook Reader Traffic
Google has dominated the internet for a long time now. It has been #1 on the Alexa rankings for being the most visited website in the world. It has defined how people do SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and its every sneeze has affected all the other sites’ well-being. However, the latest Alexa rankings show that the ever-popular Facebook which has been second fiddle so long has beaten Google! Yes, you read it right. Facebook is now #1 in the Alexa rankings! Many might say that that is how it should be – F before G, Facebook before Google, because Google has often incurred the wrath of many because of its monopoly.
Below is a screenshot of August, 2012’s Alexa rankings:
Facebook vs Google
Facebook has, for now, staved off any threat that Google posed with the unveiling of its Google+. Instead of retaining its place Google has slipped in the rankings. No one knows how long this will last as Larry page and Sergey Brin, Google’s founders, are a formidable team. We need to note that if all of Google’s websites were counted as one no site could beat it. There are many versions of Google, seen by the “dot co dot uk” etc in their url extensions, tailored to meet the needs of various countries. We can only wait and see whether Google’s second place position is a flash in the pan occurrence or a start of a new dominance for Facebook.
The Battle of the Jews
This whole contest between Facebook and Google seems like a veritable battle of the Jews. Three of facebook’s founders are of Jewish heritaghe – Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitch and Eduardo Saverin. On Google’s side there is co-founder Larry Page whose mother is Jewish and Sergey Brin who was born to Russian Jewish parents. Google acquired Youtube which has been in spot #3 for some time now so the top three most popular sites in the world all have Jewish roots.
Twitter is so popular and yet it is #8 right now while Facebook is king. While Twitter is one of the most popular English-speaking social sites it has restrictions that may be preventing it from tackling Facebook’s popularity. On Twitter you have a character limit to be mindful of when you type a message. You can only write short messages. While there are advantages of short messages it does not allow for greater, more in depth communication. You also have to use a third-party website to post pictures on Twitter which is a humbug. Where Twitter trounces Facebook is in the fact that you can add anyone you want in Twitter but adding people you do not yet know in Facebook can result in a ban. Is there hope for Google+? What has been a turn-off for many online users is that Google+’s policy is that you have to use your real name and many internet users like the privacy of usernames that they can, if need be, change. Facebook and Twitter provides that anonymity.
Chinese sites like Baidu and QQ.COM are still high up in the rankings with #5 and #9 rankings respectively. Sites that want to dominate the internet landscape ought to tap into the Chinese market or get left behind. After all, China is the world’s most populated country with 1.3 billion of the world’s population.
So there we have it. Facebook beats Google! Time will tell whether Google will storm back to take its crown or whether Facebook, with its social appeal, will secure the laurels on its head. Time will tell whether SEO (Search Engine Optimization) will shift focus to meet the demands of Facebook. There is already a site called profileengine.com that uses Facebook data so anything is possible.
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