Yesterday, we previewed data from our brand new GWI Social report (download a free summary here) to show that Facebook was still by far the most popular network in terms of members and active users.

However, GWI also monitors visitor rates – that is, the number of internet users who say they’ve visited social platforms within the last month. And when we analyze this metric across the big 4 networks, a rare phenomenon occurs: Facebook falls from the number one spot, to be overtaken by YouTube.

Globally, 85% of online adults outside of China are regular visitors to YouTube, putting it just ahead of Facebook (76%) and giving it a considerable lead over Twitter (40%) and Google+ (30%). And this is a pattern/ranking which is consistent across all five world regions – something which underlines the importance of understanding the different ways in which people interact with social platforms. Internet users might not consider themselves to active users of YouTube, but they are visiting it in their hundreds of millions.

To download the full version of the new GWI Social Q3 report, please visit our Insight Store.

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Jason is Chief Research Officer at GlobalWebIndex. He oversees the global research and insight teams, directs the world-leading research study and specializes in analyzing consumer trends. He writes for titles like the Huffington Post and MediaPost and is a frequent contributor to stories on media outlets such as BBC News, CNN, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

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