Facebook overtakes Google as the world’s most popular website

Facebook has overtaken Google as the world’s most popular website, with 837 million unique visitors in 2012, according to digital analytics group comScore.

Google, which entered the search engine market in the 1990s and quickly dominated the space, took second place, with 783 million unique visitors.

Of the top ten most visited sites, two are Chinese – QQ.com and search engine baidu.com.

YouTube ranks number three in the world, attracting 722 million visitors. The video-sharing platform was acquired by Google in 2006.

The highest ranking Microsoft site is live.com, which allows users to access various Microsoft services, such as Hotmail.

Microsoft’s rival Apple is the 16th most popular website in the world, with 172 million visitors.

Here is a list of the top ten most popular websites in the world:

1. facebook.com

2. google.com

3. youtube.com

4. yahoo.com ( 469.9m)

5. wikipedia.org (469.6m)

6. live.com (389.5m)

7. QQ.com (284.1m)

8. microsoft.com (271.7m)

9. baidu.com (268.7m)

10. msn.com (254.1m)