Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Is GChat crushing the IM competition?

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What's up with GMail?: Visits to Gmail surpass YouTube

For the past two weeks, the market share of US Internet visits to Gmail has been higher than visits to YouTube. Previously, YouTube consistently ranked 10th among all websites by market share of visits until the week ending Jan. 10, 2009, where Gmail moved up one rank to reach #10. The websites have been swapping positions regularly ever since.

So why is this? You don't have to go to GMail to get your mail. Is this being driven by GChat? I've mentioned before that many people were abandoning AIM for GChat. Is Google on the brink of owning the instant messaging space? Is that where you do your chatting now?

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