New Delhi: The Internet user traffic to social networking websites in the country grew by 51% in December 2008, with more than 19 million users visiting popular sites such as Orkut, Facebook and Hi5, according to marketing research firm comScore.
Orkut received the maximum number of users among social networking sites as about 12.8 million people visited the website in December 2008, an increase of 81% over the same month last year, comScore said in the report.
“Social networking continued to grow strongly in India this past year, with several of the top global brands carving out a more prominent position,” comScore executive vice- president Will Hodgman said.
Facebook came second with 4.04 million visitors, while Indian site Bharatstudent.com managed to capture the third spot with 3.26 million visitors.
However, it was Hi5 which witnessed the strongest growth of 182% garnering 2.01 million visitors compared to 714,000 visitors in December 2007, it added.
The number of visitors to sites like ibibo, PerfSpot, BIGAdda, and Fropper dropped by 50%, 79%, 25% and 3% respectively.