Total French Internet Audience Grows 19 Percent vs. Previous Year to 35 Million Users in February 2009
Facebook Breaks into France’s Ranking of Top 10 Properties for First Time in its History
PARIS, France, April 6, 2009 – Comscore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released the results of a study of Web usage in France, based on data from the Comscore World Metrix audience measurement service. In February, more than 35 million people age 15 or older in France accessed the Internet from a home or work computer, up 19 percent versus the previous year.
Instant Messaging & Social Networking Prove Popular in France
Internet users in France spent a combined total of 932 million hours online in February, an average of 27 hours per person. Instant messaging claimed the highest share of total time spent at 14.3 percent, followed by social networking at 5.7 percent. In combination, the two categories accounted for one out of every five minutes spent online during the month. Online media also proved popular, with the entertainment category accounting for 8.6 percent of time spent and online gaming 2.9 percent share of total time spent online in February.
“The Internet audience in France is growing at a rapid rate, and with 35 million people online in February, France now ranks just below Germany and the U.K. as one of the largest online audiences in Europe,” said Delphine Gatignol, Comscore Business Development Manager for France. “Much of the audience growth is coming from older Internet users who are using the Internet for the first time. Time spent online has also been on the rise, due in large part to the increasing popularity of entertainment and social media.”
*Excludes Internet activity from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs.
Facebook Now a Top 10 Property in France
Google Sites was the most popular property in February with 28.7 million visitors, followed by Microsoft Sites (25.4 million visitors), and Orange sites (20.3 million visitors). Each of the top six properties achieved remarkably consistent growth of between 30-35 percent versus year ago. A number of French sites ranked among the leading online properties as well, including Iliad/Free.fr Sites (16.9 million visitors), Group Pages Jaunes (15.4 million visitors), and Groupe Lagardere, which grew 77 percent during the year to 13.7 million visitors.
Facebook.com grew 518 percent versus year ago to 13.7 million visitors, catapulting the world’s largest social networking site into the top 10 property rankings in France for the first time in February. Meanwhile, traffic to French social networking site, Skyrock, remained strong, with more than 11 million visitors during the month, ranking it as the fifteenth largest property.
Comscore to Present at Ad: Tech Paris
Delphine Gatignol, Comscore Business Development Manager for France, will be presenting an overview of European Internet usage, offering insights into current online trends, with a focus on online advertising, at Ad: Tech Paris, Palais de Congres, Tuesday 7th April. For more information please visit stand number 39 at the event.
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