According to Internet traffic measurement firm Hitwise,accounted for 4.46 percent of all U.S. Internet visits for the week ended July 8, pushing it past Yahoo Mail for the first time and outpacing the home pages of Yahoo, Google and Microsoft's MSN Hotmail.
However,--Yahoo Mail, the Yahoo.com home page and Yahoo search--collectively attracted more than 10 percent of the total U.S. audience, according to Hitwise data.
MySpace's home page and e-mail site amounted to only 7.3 percent of U.S. Web visits, according to Hitwise's list of top 10 U.S. Internet properties for the first full week of July.
Yahoo issued a statement saying that: "The Yahoo network is made up of many domains and it is not accurate to compare MySpace.com to just Yahoo's (e-mail site)."
In the United States, Yahoo said it attracts 129 million unique visitors per month, which represents 74 percent of the online population in the world's biggest Internet market. By contrast, MySpace reaches only 30 percent of the online audience, with 52 million unique visitors, according to Yahoo.
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Yahoo also said it has a larger share of online time spent than any other property--a. It said it accounts for 13 percent of users' online time, while MySpace has only 3.2 percent share in users' online time.
U.S.-only statistics also understate the far greater international audience Yahoo has than MySpace, which only recently has been seeking to expand outside of the United States.
ComScore Networks, a rival to Hitwise in the Internet measurement field, projects that Yahoo attracts more than 500 million unique monthly visitors to its network of sites on a global basis, making Yahoo the most visited Internet network.
With its own category, MySpace, which dominates, gained U.S. market share in June from other sites that aim to create virtual communities online for sharing music, photos or other interests, Hitwise said.
MySpace captured nearly 80 percent of visits to online social networking sites, up from 76 percent in April.at 7.6 percent, or one-tenth the traffic.
Rupert Murdoch'sone year ago as part of a strategy to rapidly build up the media conglomerate's Internet presence.