Facebook edges out Google

People spent more time on networking site in August

People are now spending slightly more time networking on Facebook than using Google sites, according to new data from research firm comScore.

In August, Internet users spent 41.1 million minutes on Facebook, or about 9.9% of their Web surfing time, the New York Post reported Friday. That exceeded the 39.8 million minutes, or 9.6%, that people spent on Google sites, including YouTube, Gmail, Google News and others. In August of last year, people had spent less than 5% of their Web time on Facebook.

In July, time spent on Facebook had edged out Yahoo for the first time. Web surfers in August spent 37.7 million minutes on Yahoo, or 9.1% of their total Internet time.

The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week detailed Facebook's role in getting a documentary filmmaker released from a prison in Zimbabwe. She then built a marketing campaign centered on social media that helped promote the social networking site's month-old streaming media channel.