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Argentina Ranks First in Worldwide Desktop Social Networking Engagement at Nearly 10 Hours per Visitor Each Month Analysis of Social Networking in Latin America Shows LinkedIn Grabbing #2 Position with 35 Million Monthly Visitors

SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released an analysis of social networking activity in Latin America, which found that Argentina and Brazil led as the most engaged social networking markets worldwide with visitors spending an average of near 10 hours on social networking sites in November 2012. The study also found that LinkedIn, which has grown strongly in the past year due to both organic growth and the acquisition of Slideshare.net, is now the second most visited social network in Latin America.  

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"The social networking landscape continues to evolve in Latin America, and while Facebook remains the strong leader in the market there are several other noteworthy players," said Alejandro Fosk, comScore senior vice president of Latin America. "Because Latin Americans tend to be very social in nature and active with digital communication, it is perhaps no surprise that we spend significantly more time on social networking sites than average. This high level of engagement means that there is room for many companies to succeed in the market."

Latin America Spends 56 Percent More Time on Social Networking Sites than Worldwide Average
The analysis revealed that 5 of the top 10 most highly engaged social networking markets worldwide are located in Latin America and that Latin Americans spend 56 percent more time on these sites (8.1 hours per visitor in November) than the worldwide average (5.2 hours per visitor). Argentina led all countries with an average of 9.8 hours on social networking sites in November, while Brazil ranked second at 9.7 hours. Peru (7.9 hours), Chile (7.7 hours) and Mexico (7.5 hours) also ranked within the top ten markets.

Top 10 Global Markets by Average Social Networking Hours per Visitor

November 2012 

Total Audience: Visitors Age 15+, Home/Work Location*

Source: comScore Media Metrix


Average
Hours per
Visitor
Spent on
Social
Networking
Sites

Worldwide

5.2

Latin America

8.1

Argentina

9.8

Brazil

9.7

Russia

9.6

Thailand

8.7

Turkey

8.6

Israel

8.2

Canada

7.9

Peru

7.9

Chile

7.7

Mexico

7.5

*Excludes visitation from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs.

Emerging Social Networks Shake Up Landscape in Latin America
Facebook.com continues to reign as the leading social network in Latin America by a wide margin with 115.5 million visitors in November, but other players in the sector have also begun climbing in the rankings. With help from its May acquisition of Slideshare, LinkedIn.com has now assumed the #2 position in the market with 35.3 million visitors, displacing Twitter.com into the #3 spot with 24.1 million visitors. The ask-and-answer social network Ask.fm also made a splash in the past year with a growth rate of more than 5,000 percent to secure the #5 spot with 12.9 million visitors, while Tumblr.com has grown 86 percent to nearly 11 million visitors. Pinterest.com is also among the top-gaining social networking sites with a year-over-year growth rate of more than 2,500 percent to 2 million visitors in November.

Top Social Networking Destinations in Latin America by Unique Visitors

November 2011 vs. November 2012

Total Internet: Latin America, Visitors Age 15+ Home/Work Location*

Source: comScore Media Metrix


Total Unique Visitors (000)

 November
2011

November
2012

% Change

Social Networking Category

123,313

125,176

2%

Facebook.com

107,651

115,566

7%

LinkedIn**

8,738

35,376

305%

Twitter.com

27,287

24,143

-12%

Orkut

34,382

12,980

-62%

Ask.fm

247

12,968

5,156%

Tumblr.com

6,394

11,865

86%

Scribd.com

3,373

6,638

97%

Deviantart.com

4,623

5,158

12%

Badoo.com

8,935

4,807

-46%

Myspace

6,372

4,727

-26%

Bligoo.com

4,098

3,324

-19%

Weheartit.com

2,038

2,912

43%

Ning: Glam Social

N/A

2,590

N/A

MeetMe Media

N/A

2,561

N/A

Sonico.com

6,773

2,521

-63%

Pinterest.com

77

2,052

2,577%

Metroflog.com

2,351

1,802

-23%

Vostu.com

5,016

1,598

-68%

Tagged.com

2,032

1,551

-24%

Hi5.com

2,730

1,402

-49%

*Excludes visitation from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs.
**Includes Slideshare.net in November 2012 data, but not in November 2011.

About comScore
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SOURCE comScore, Inc.



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