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MySpace: America’s No. 1 Website

The website that's a favorite with bands, teens, and hipsters across the globe has surpassed two Internet monoliths to earn the title of No. 1 U.S. web site.

MySpace has become the No. 1 U.S. website, beating the home pages for Internet mainstays like Yahoo, MSN Hotmail, and Google. While it has been in the news recently because of a series of lawsuits about and changes in security procedures regarding the privacy of underage users, MySpace can now boast that it accounted for 4.46 percent of all U.S. internet visits for the week ending July 8, according to Internet tracking firm Hitwise.

However, Yahoo’s top three sites: Yahoo Mail, Yahoo.com and Yahoo Search, collectively earned more than 10 percent of the total U.S. audience, prompting Yahoo to issue a statement insisting that “the Yahoo network is made up of many domains and it is not accurate to compare MySpace.com to just Yahoo’s [e-mail site].” MySpace continues to dominate in another category, though, earning close to 80 percent of visits to social networking sites.

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