Facebook saw a couple traffic spikes over the winter holidays that temporarily made it the largest site in the US, according to Hitwise. But now, the web measurement firm reports, Facebook now represents 7.07% of all US internet visits on the average day, taking the lead over Google’s 7.03%.
Interestingly, the most recent surge seems to have started shortly after Facebook introduced a new home page design in early February. Correlation is not causation, but it makes sense to us that the average user would find a News Feed that defaults to Top Stories more engaging than a real time stream. Here’s the graph below.