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Taking another look: the biggest websites in the world

Facebook likeAccording to comScore and Business Insider, the biggest website in the world amassed 837 million unique visitors during December 2012. That must have been Google, you might say, but you’d be wrong. In fact, Facebook took the top spot followed by Google, YouTube, Yahoo, and others.

We wanted to put those numbers in perspective, and here you can see some of our take on the biggest websites in the world.

If you don’t see the included story with tweets and charts above, click here to view it on Storify.

This is our first attempt at using Storify for creating content. You can find a few more of our creations here. So far we’re not quite sure how it will fit in with this blog, social media, and other things we use, but we are, at the very least, intrigued about the possibilities.

Note: The Business Insider article doesn’t specify for what time period the data is for, but we contacted the authors and they said it’s for December 2012.


@pingdom Wow, Twitter is bigger than Bing, that is bad for MS.


Yes, Ali, read the article, it will explain :)

Aha. I see :)

Cool so why didn’t you create a statistic for US based sites?

Perhaps we should have. That would simply mean adding up all the sites that are not Chinese.

Correct. Also what about European sites, I would be interested to see that statistic too.

That would be more difficult, because there were none included in the original data from comScore/Business Insider. It’s something we’ll keep in mind though. Thanks for the suggestion.

By the way, I love Pingdom. Thanks for sending me monthly reports for my site :) Keep it up.

Thanks very much. We really appreciate it.

That’s a little unfair, because you’re probably counting the same ‘unique visitor’ twice or even three times, when combining the Google Websites. Perhaps it’s more fair if you compared pageviews and then add them together?

Ali: What European sites would you like to see in this list? Are there any with more than 163M visitors during one month? Google, Facebook and Wikipedia pretty much dominate in Europe.

It is unfair and very unaccurate the first place for Google. They’ve three sites in the ranking and the three of them shares the same visitor. Those “unique visits” are measured by domain name

Where is google+ ?

@osmiumbin We’d guess that’s included in since it’s

@Pingdom agree but some separate statistics would be interesting.

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but facebook is only one website. so it rank as 1st place.