Well, not literally, but “numberly“.
For the first time ever, Facebook, the place to go stalk friends, foes, and ex-boyfriends squeaked past Google, the place to find information and porn, to become the most popular online destination (that’s a whopping 7% of US Internet usage).
Information Scavenging Versus Social Information Curation
It could be that the world has become so trite that images of drunk friends has become more time-worthy than googling for relevant information.
But I doubt it.
I think it’s the social Web revolution; people now want to surf the Web via recommendations than by aimless scavenging.
Let me explain:
I recently tied my Twitter account to my Facebook account, sending all the bit.ly link goodness automatically to my status updates.
Initially, I expected my less Internet savvy Facebook friends to be annoyed by the link bombarding. To my surprise, the reaction was exactly the opposite. My Facebook friends appear to enjoy my tweets (now in the form of status updates) more than my Twitter followers. They comment on them, they share them, and they “like” them.
It makes sense when you think of it in a passive versus active Internet user. Active Twitter users are of a much more geeky character. They probably enjoy the actual process of spending the first few hours of their day scouring the net for the most interesting information, and they enjoy sharing it more than consuming it. I know I do.
Facebook users, on the other hand, are a much wider spectrum of society. They include both information scavengers and information consumers. The consumers are probably depending on their friends to find interesting content online, including news, links, and videos.
That’s my own logic for figuring out why Facebook has surpassed Google though.
What do you think of Facebook surpassing Google in terms of visitors?