Is Social Media The Key To Challenging Google?

ValleyWag reported that Facebook is now providing 19% of Google's search traffic, add in 3% or so from MySpace (that could get higher if implemented better) and the fact that Twitter is fast becoming a major traffic source for many websites and you can start to see the influence that social media have on search.

Granted Google has strong relationships with most of the social media companies, but if that were to change Google could see a drop in their high percentage of market share, Wonder why Microsoft has not thought of this yet!

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.