Facebook most popular search term and website of 2010

Social networking site overtakes Google as the most popular website of the year.

Facebook was the most popular website of 2010, outpacing Google, and it also topped the list of the most frequently used search terms for the second year in a row, according to data provider Experian Hitwise.

Variations of the term "Facebook", including "Facebook login" and "Facebook.com", accounted for nearly 3.5 per cent of all searches typed in by internet users on Google's search engine.

YouTube was the third most-searched term this year, followed by Craigslist, Myspace, eBay, Yahoo, and Mapquest. Between January and November, social network-related terms dominated the results for most-searched terms in the US, accounting for 4.18 per cent of the top 50 searches.

Experian Hitwise also attributed the spot for the top-visited website to Facebook for the first time in 2010, accounting for 8.9 per cent of all US visits between January and November. Google came second on this list while Yahoo, YouTube, MSN, MySpace, and Hotmail followed.

Data from Hitwise indicated that several new search terms made it to the top 50, including netflix, verizon wireless, espn, chase, pogo, tagged, wells fargo, yellow pages, poptropica, games, and hulu.