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Google websites got 1bn unique visitors in May 2011; most came from India and S Africa

According to ComScore’s data for the month of May 2011, one
billion people worldwide visited Google and other websites owned by the company
in the month, the first time ever that a site has drawn that many visitors in one
month. The number of unique visitors to Google’s sites rose by 8.4 per cent
from 931 million a year ago to 1,009,699,000 to be exact.

According to ComScore’s data for the month of May 2011, one
billion people worldwide visited Google and other websites owned by the company
in the month, the first time ever that a site has drawn that many visitors in one
month. The number of unique visitors to Google’s sites rose by 8.4 per cent
from 931 million a year ago to 1,009,699,000 to be exact.

“Google saw its greatest numbers in India and South Africa,
which accounted for 14.3 per cent and 13.5 per cent of its visitors,
respectively. The lowest numbers were in South Korea and China, which accounted
for 0.7 percent and 0.8 percent of total worldwide visitors, respectively,”
ComScore has said.

Microsoft followed at number two spot with 905 million
visitors last month, up 15 per cent from a year earlier. Facebook took third
place with 714 million visitors, up 30 per cent since a year ago. Yahoo placed
fourth with 689 million visitors, a 10.8 percent gain from a year earlier.
Until last October, Yahoo had held the third spot, but since then Facebook has
outpaced it each month with more visitors.

ComScore’s numbers are based on its “global
measurement panel” of 2 million Internet users, according to The Wall
Street Journal, which the research firm then refines with “page view”
data that it receives from 90 of the 100 publishers of Web content, though not
from Google.

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