Facebook 'top social network in Europe'

Apr 15, 2009
The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen. Spectacular growth over the past year has made Facebook the top social network in Europe, digital research firm comScore reported on Wednesday.

Spectacular growth over the past year has made Facebook the top social network in Europe, digital research firm comScore reported on Wednesday.

"Facebook has very quickly taken a leading position across most of the European market despite having a strong foothold in just a few European countries one year ago," said Mike Read, comScore's managing director for Europe.

"Over the course of the past year, it has climbed the rankings in virtually every market and taken over the top position in several," Read said.

"Most recently, Facebook grabbed the top position in Spain after nipping at the heels of a leading local player for the past several months," he said in a statement.

said Facebook, which recently welcomed its 200 millionth user, was the leader in 11 of 17 European countries surveyed.

Its largest audience is in Britain with 22.7 million visitors in February, up 75 percent from a year ago, followed by France with 13.7 million visitors in February, a gain of 518 percent, comScore said.

Facebook captured the top spot in Spain in February with 5.7 million visitors, up tenfold from a year ago, comScore said, and grew 2,700 percent in Italy from a year ago to 10.8 million visitors in February.

ComScore said Facebook welcomed nearly 100 million visitors in Europe in February, up 314 percent from a year ago, and 275 million visitors worldwide, maing it the number sixth ranked Web property worldwide.

Visitors were also spending more time at Facebook, comScore said, with the average user spending three hours per month on the site.

According to comScore, is the top social network in Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

It ranks second in Austria, Ireland and the Netherlands, third in Portugal, fourth in Germany and seventh in Russia.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Bebo social network expands into Europe

Mar 16, 2009

Social networking website Bebo on Monday announced the launch of five new European-language versions, its first major expansion outside the English-speaking world.

Red Cross site spikes in Sept. readership

Nov 02, 2005

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, relief and assistance Web sites such as RedCross.org saw huge spikes in visitation in September, according to Internet audience measurement service comScore.

Cookie Crunching May Be Pumping Up Web Traffic

Apr 17, 2007

Internet cookies might not be as reliable an indicator of distinct Web site visitors as previously thought, according to a Monday report from Internet research company comScore.

Recommended for you

LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

Apr 18, 2014

The career-focused social network LinkedIn announced Friday it has 300 million members, with more than half the total outside the United States.

Researchers uncover likely creator of Bitcoin

Apr 18, 2014

The primary author of the celebrated Bitcoin paper, and therefore probable creator of Bitcoin, is most likely Nick Szabo, a blogger and former George Washington University law professor, according to students ...

White House updating online privacy policy

Apr 18, 2014

A new Obama administration privacy policy out Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped ...

Airbnb rental site raises $450 mn

Online lodging listings website Airbnb inked a $450 million funding deal with investors led by TPG, a source close to the matter said Friday.

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

People with accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the ...

A homemade solar lamp for developing countries

(Phys.org) —The solar lamp developed by the start-up LEDsafari is a more effective, safer, and less expensive form of illumination than the traditional oil lamp currently used by more than one billion people ...

NASA's space station Robonaut finally getting legs

Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs. For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot—now stuck ...

Filipino tests negative for Middle East virus

A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Philippine health officials said Saturday.

Egypt archaeologists find ancient writer's tomb

Egypt's minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts including reed pens ...