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I can't get into great detail on this today, but this story's huge and worth a read:
late last year Facebook started becoming a bigger source of traffic for
some large websites, according to analytics firm Hitwise.
referring site than Google to a number of sites, including gossip sites
PerezHilton.com and Dlisted, mom site CafeMom, Evite, video site
Tagged.com, and, yes, Twitter…
Since the beginning of 2009, gossip site PerezHilton.com has received
8.7% of its visitors from Facebook, compared with 7.6% from Google,
according to Hitwise.
I'm not saying Facebook's the Google killer du jour (perish the cliche). But marketers do pay close attention to this. Heck, I do. You know when I started getting really into Twitter? It was when Twitter surpassed Yahoo as the #2 referrer to my blog (behind Google). I suspect some day it will be #1. And that was before I was really into Twitter.
This stuff matters, and I will spend more time writing about this soon, but I welcome your comments in the meantime so we can start a dialogue.