Recently, Hitwise launched some numbers showing the most popular sites in India. While Orkut has traditionally dominated in the social network space in India, the latest data shows that Facebook has even captured top spot (in social networking) there as well. In the graphic from Hitwise below you’ll notice that Facebook sits #3 in the top sites and captures over 5% of all visits whereas Orkut is in the number 8 spot with just over 2% (Google India and Google, well out in front with the top 2 spots).
Three years ago in the early days of social media I wrote a blog post asking people to vote between Facebook and Orkut in regards to their favorite social network. Over 6,000 votes later, we’re still at a deadlock with nearly a 50/50 split in voting. At the time, Facebook was in the early stages of gaining momentum, whereas Orkut was extremely popular in both India and Brazil.