Here’s a quick explanation concerning the concept of just how big one trillion is, here’s a quote from children’s author, David Schwartz. “A billion seconds is 32 years. And a trillion seconds is 32,000 years.”
Now, while I’m not sure how that would convert in relation to pageviews,but we’ll just go with this: For those of you who think a billion pageviews is impressive; and it is, it’s nothing compared to one trillion pageviews, which, if we go by Schwartz’ standard, is ten thousand times larger than the petty one billion’s worth.
And that, folks, is the amount of pageviews Facebook has received since coming online, the most of any site listed in Google’s “The 1000 most-visited sites on the web” list. At the top, with that gaudily impressive trillion count–here’s what it looks like in numeric form: 1,000,000,000,000–is Mark “I’m NOT Jesse Eisenberg” Zuckerberg’s social networking creation.
For those of you who are uncomfortable with such a claim, especially when you consider Facebook’s acknowledge membership count has not surpassed one billion members yet, a post from Digital Inspiration has you in mind:
Officially, Facebook has 750+ million users but the number of unique visitors who flock Facebook every month is much higher because certain sections of the site – Facebook Pages and Profiles for example – are open to non-users as well.
A perfect example of this is AT&T’s Facebook page. Granted, it’s not a personal page, but even without being signed in, you can at least view AT&T “Like this page” invitation. Upon “liking” AT&T, users then “get access to everything AT&T.”
How that’s accomplished through a mere social network site, I’m not sure, but the offer’s out there. Of course, you could also point out that you have to be a Facebook member to “like” AT&T’s page, but the fact is, you can still see at least one part of their content if you are not.
Interaction or not, this, too, counts as a pageview in Facebook’s incredibly large pageviews coffer. Here’s a look at the rest of Google’s top ten sites in regards to pageviews, and there should really be no surprises:
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YouTube’s there, as is Yahoo and MSN. One noticeable absence however, is Google.com itself. A disclaimer on their “Learn more” page states:
Keep in mind that the list excludes adult sites, ad networks, domains that don’t have publicly visible content or don’t load properly, and certain Google sites.
Based on the listed results, it’s safe to say the actual Google.com site was one of the omissions. With that in mind, do you think Google.com has more or less pageviews than Facebook’s mighty trillion mark?
Let us know what you think in the comments.