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Facebook Gives MySpace a Bronx Cheer

Tim Beyers
January 26, 2009

Bigger than France. How passe. Facebook is now bigger than MySpace.

Sort of.

New data from researcher comScore found that Facebook attracted 222 million visitors in December, up 10.8% over November's total. More interesting: 22% of all Internet surfers visited Facebook last month, confirming its role as an emerging substitute for more than just Christmas cards.

MySpace didn't fare as well, adding 4 million new users globally during December. The site is now home to 125 million accounts worldwide. Impressive, but also well below Facebook's total population, which now appears to be bigger than France, Germany, and the United Kingdom combined.

Anyone else picturing News Corp. (NYSE: NWS  ) chief Rupert Murdoch steaming over stats like this? Murdoch's empire bid $12 a share -- or $580 million -- for MySpace's parent company, Intermix, in 2005, only to see Facebook emerge and attract a multibillion-dollar valuation after a $280 million investment by Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) .

For its part, MySpace issued a sanguine response to blogger TechCrunch, which reported comScore's find