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Facebook surpasses Orkut in India
New Delhi, Aug 26 (Agencies):
Published on 27 Aug. 2010 11:58 PM IST
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Finally, popular social networking site Facebook has taken the top position and surpassed Google’s Orkut website this year. According to market research company com Score’s latest report, it is clear that Facebook has won the number one rank with 20.9 million visitors in July in India. This figure has risen by 179 percent on a year-on-year basis. On the other hand, Orkut has managed to grow by a mere 16 percent.
For years, Orkut has been ruling million of hearts in India - Yeah, it’s that dramatic. However, in past one year, the entire social networking traction has evolved and moved towards fiercely popular Facebook. The major reasons are the different interface and most importantly, the presence of social gaming apps like FarmVille, FishVille, Mafia Wars, Sudoku and many more. No wonder FarmVille makers have set their foot in the rapidly growing online audience of India. Orkut, on the other hand, has tried every possible thing to retain users with the new interface and also support for Apps. Overall, the Internet traffic visiting social networking sites grew 43 percent year-on-year. Also, popular micro-blogging website Twitter has seen a phenomenal 233 percent growth. However, MySpace-like website has recording highest percentage change (281 percent).
India is now the seventh largest social networking market worldwide after U.S., China, Germany, Russian Federation, Brazil and the UK. Also, in recent times, we’ve noticed a lot of Indian websites integrate Facebook and Twitter features to popularize themselves.

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