Facebook Brand Attracts Significantly More Searches in U.K. than U.S.

  |  February 23, 2010   |  Comments

Facebook continues to dominate searches for online communities, according to data from Experian Hitwise.

Facebook continues to attract the lion's share of searches relating to online communities and chat services in the U.K., according to data from Experian Hitwise. Searches around the Facebook brand accounted for over a quarter of queries in that category during January, the measurement firm estimates.

However, that portion is far greater than in the U.S., where the term "facebook" accounted for just 10.41 percent of searches in January, and "facbook login" accounted for 5.22 percent. In the U.K., those terms attracted 22.14 percent and 6.12 percent of queries, respectively, in the online communities category.

Top 10 U.K. Search Terms by Category, January 2010 (%)
IT and Internet Automotive Manufacturers
Search Term Search Volume Search Term Search Volume
paypal 11.19 audi 1.87
broadband speed test 3.03 bmw 1.78
paypal uk 2.34 ford 1.61
anagram solver 1.01 vauxhall 1.36
paypal login 0.76 audi uk 1.31
pay pal 0.42 toyota 1.26
broadband speed 0.41 renault 1.11
paypal.co.uk 0.37 bmw uk 1.07
broadband speed checker 0.34 vw 1.04
speed test 0.33 mercedes benz 1.03
Movies Net Communities and Chat
Search Term Search Volume Search Term Search Volume
cineworld 3.14 facebook 22.14
imdb 2.12 facebook login 6.12
odeon 1.69 youtube 5.95
vue cinema 1.43 bebo 1.26
vue 1.34 you tube 1.24
lovefilm 1.29 fb 0.56
avatar 0.68 club penguin 0.45
odeon cinema 0.58 facebook.com 0.43
love film 0.57 twitter 0.41
blockbuster 0.57 utube 0.40
Food and Beverage Brands and Manufacturers Pharmaceutical and Medical Products
Search Term Search Volume Search Term Search Volume
dominos 5.78 boots 24.25
pizza hut 5.61 boots uk 5.78
mcdonalds 2.00 holland and barrett 3.47
domino's pizza 1.94 lloyds pharmacy 1.32
dominoes 1.37 boots.com 0.87
kfc 1.33 boots the chemist 0.82
makro 1.19 alli 0.81
dominos pizza 0.99 healthspan 0.72
special k 0.97 boots chemist 0.42
dominos pizza menu 0.97 simply supplements 0.32
Blogs and Personal Web Sites Broadcast Media
Search Term Search Volume Search Term Search Volume
facebook 0.53 bbc weather 3.72
perez hilton 0.38 bbc 2.13
just jared 0.31 bbc news 2.07
woman kills boyfriend by sitting on him 0.30 sky news 2.02
youtube 0.30 met office 1.66
bbc news 0.29 daily mail 1.26
blogger 0.26 weather 1.13
tumblr 0.24 the sun 0.88
fail blog 0.24 bbc sport 0.76
perez 0.21 itv player 0.75
Shopping Rewards and
Directories
Travel Destinations and Accommodations
Search Term Search Volume Search Term Search Volume
hotukdeals 0.75 travelodge 1.16
quidco 0.54 trip advisor 0.94
tesco clubcard 0.49 premier inn 0.75
voucher codes 0.39 tripadvisor 0.50
envirophone 0.38 centre parcs 0.44
kelkoo 0.36 tripadvisor uk 0.40
pricerunner 0.35 late rooms 0.30
hot uk deals 0.33 laterooms 0.28
which 0.33 holiday inn 0.28
virgin credit card 0.25 owners direct 0.27
Hitwise

Hitwise, a subsidiary of Experian, monitors how more than 25 million Internet users, including 10 million in the United States, interact with over 1 million Web sites across more than 160 industry categories. It collects Internet usage information through a combination of ISP data partnerships and opt-in panels. Data are collected in accordance with local and international privacy legislation and are audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Jack Marshall was a staff writer and stats editor for ClickZ News from 2007 until August 2011. 

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