Facebook asking users to make it their default homepage

Homepage move is expected to boost the site’s traffic at the expense of rival company Google

Facebook is asking users to make it their default homepage. The social networking site's spokesperson Meredith Chin said the move was to help users access Facebook faster and easier.

The homepage move is expected to boost the site's traffic at the expense of rival company Google, media reports speculated on Monday.

The "Make Facebook Home" button with the prompt line "See what's happening with the rest of your friends the moment you open your browser," has recently begun to appear on the top of users' profiles.

The site is planning to roll out the homepage default option to all of its 500 million users over the next several weeks.

Facebook already accounts for 6 per cent of primary homepages in the US in the third quarter, according to latest data from online metrics firm comScore.