Social networking topped the charts as the must have SEO tool for 2009 but what sites topped the charts for social networking? (source: blog.compete.com)
1. Facebook – Ranked #2 globally, Ranked #2 in the US, 350 million users
Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommates in 2004. Zuckerberg, then a sophomore at Harvard, initially named his program “TheFacebook” and restricted membership to Harvard students. In 2005, the name was shortened to Facebook and by 2006 membership was opened to anyone over 13.
According to Alexa, just under 30% of global Internet users visit facebook.com each day and this number has increased by 25% in the past three months alone. In Dec 2008 the site’s global reach was just shy of 15%, up from only about 6% the year before.
Facebook is ranked the #2 site on the web globally and the site ranks #1 in Indonesia, Philippines, Malyasia and Singapore. The site is ranked #2 among more than 20 countries including the US, the UK, France, Italy, Canada, Turkey Austalia, Sweden and Hong Kong. In the event you are becoming curious for more information – keep reading, it gets juicy. Facebooks’ Alexa global ranking in December 2008 was #5.
About 30% of visits to Facebook come from the United States. Rrance, Italy and United Kingdom each account for about 5% of traffic to the site.
2. Myspace – Ranked #12 globally, Ranked #5 in the US, 12 million users
MySpace is a social networking site that allows users to share photos, journals and interests with a network of friends and form online communities.
Once the go-to site for social networking, Myspace rankings declined steadily in 2009. Though still high on the list, Myspace ranked dropped from #6 in December 2007 to #7 in 2008 and down to #12 in 2009. Though worldwide rankings have dropped, Myspace remains the #5 site in the US.
The Percent of global Internet users who visit myspace.com each day is just shy of 4%. Global reach peaked at 8% in the early months of 2008 – a far cry from the 30% reach enjoyed by Facebook.
3. Twitter – Ranked #14 globally, Ranked #13 in the US, ~12 million users
Twitter was started as a side project by Jack Dorsey at Obvious in March of 2006. Since then it has become the leader in mobile social networking and microblogging.
Twitter ranking has skyrocketed to #14 worldwide (#13 in the US) from near #500 in December 2008 and near #3,000 in December 2007. Today approximately 4.4 percent of global Internet users visit twitter.com each day. Prior to 2009 the site’s global reach was <1%.
Approximately 37% of Twitter users reside in the US. About 8% of visits are from India, 7% from Germany, 6% from UK and 5% from Japan.
4. LinkedIn – Ranked #39 globally, Ranked #19 in the US, 50 million users
Launched in May 2003 as a professional networking forum for job candidates, industry experts and business partners, LinkedIn has become one of the fastest growing social networking sites on the web.
Like Twitter, LinkedIn as experienced tremendous growth in popularity going from a global ranking near #300 at the end of 2007 to #39 in December 2009.
Today, LinkedIn has more than 50 million registered users. .
Nearly 2.5 percent of global Internet users visit linkedin.com each day. The site’s global reach was less than .05% at the end of 2007. About 44% of visits to LinkedIn are from the US. Approximately 15% originate in India and 6% in the UK.
5. Flickr – Ranked #33 globally,Ranked #23 in the US,50 million users
Flickr is an online community that allows users to create and share pictures and photo galleries. The site was founded in 2004 by husband and wife team Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake.
At the end of 2009, Flickr ranked as the #33 site in the world, #23 in the US. Rankings dropped to the low 40s in early 2008 but have stayed between #30 – 35 throughout 2009. Today approximately 2.4% of global Internet users visit flickr.com each day. Reach in December 2007 neared 1.6%. More than 31% of visits to Flickr are from the US. Approximately 7% of visits come from India and 5% from each the UK and Germany.
6. Ning – Ranked #135 globally, Ranked #73 in the US, 36 million users
Launched in October 2005, Ning offers a very customizable network that allows users to create almost any type of community. Ning’s global rankings have soared from below #800 in December 2007 to #135 at the end of 2009. Ning.com’s US ranking is #73. Approximately 0.7% of global Internet users visit Ning.com each day. This is up from <0.1 in December of 2007 and <0.4% in December 2008. Nearly 38% of visits to the site originate in the US. About 8% are from India and 4% from the UK.
7. LiveJournal – Ranked #82 globally, Ranked #76 in the US, 25 million users
Established in 1999, LiveJournal is one of the oldest social networks on the scene today. The site allows users to keep an online diary or blog along with a standard profile that may be shared with others in their social network.
The site’s global ranking peaked near #40 in 2008 but dropped below #100 in 2009. Current global ranking is #82. The site ranked #11 in Russia and #76 in the US. The Percent of global Internet users who visit livejournal.com peaked near 1.8% in 2008. The number of visitors dropped below .8% in December 2008. The current global reach is 1%. More than 35% of visits to LiveJournal are from Russia. Approximately 21% are from the US and 6% from the Ukraine.
8. Tagged – Ranked #121 globally, Ranked #127 in the US, 80 million users
Founded in 2004, Tagged has remained a top social networking site despite recent complaints of deceptive marketing practices, email spamming and phishing. In November 2009, Tagged settled a court case with Texas and the New York Attorney General and has since reformed some of its tactics and privacy policies.
At the close of 2009, Tagged.com ranked #121 globally, #9 in Iraq and #127 in the US. The site’s global rankings peaked above #80 at the end of 2008.
Approximately 0.6% of global Internet users visit tagged.com each day. In December 2007, this reach neared 0.2%. The site’s reach peaked near 0.9% in mid-2009. Nearly 22% of visits to the site are from the US. More than 7% are from India and nearly 5% from Malaysia.
9. Hi5 – Ranked #52 globally, Ranked #280 in the US, 60 million users
Founded in 2003, Hi5.com became one of the world’s largest social networks with more than 60 million registered users in 2009. Despite its global popularity, the site has not made its mark in the US and is quickly losing ground to competing social networking sites.
With global rankings peaking near #15 in 2008, hi5’s rankings had dropped to #52 by the end of 2009. Rankings in Mexico remain high at #10, while rankings in the US hover near #280.
Nearly 1.3 Percent of global Internet users visit hi5.com, down from more than 2.5% in 2008. More than 17% of hi5 visits are from Mexico. Nearly 15% originates in Thailand, 9% in Portugal, 7% from each Peru and Romania.
10. Orkut – Ranked #50 globally, Ranked #458 in the US, 100 million users
Launched in 2004 by Google, this goliath site began as an “invitation only” social network. Originally more than half or Orkut users were from the US but today nearly 90% of the site’s 100 million+ registered users are from Brazil and India.
The site’s global ranking peaked near #10 in December 2008 but had dropped below #150 by November 2009. By the year’s end, a surge in traffic brought the site’s ranking to #50. Ranking in Brazil has remained high at #8. Ranking in the US is #458.
The Percent of global Internet users who visit orkut.com peaked near 4.8% in early 2008. The site’s reach dipped near .5% in late 2009 but regained strength by year’s end. Current reach nears 2.5% globally.
Approximately 48% of visits to the site are from Brazil and 39% from India. Less than 3% of visits come from the US.
Sources: Alexa.com, Wikipedia.com, Individual site content