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The Photos application from Facebook leads with 33.6 million unique visitors in the top three photo sites in the U.S. in January 2009, recently calculated by comScore, pulling away from Photobucket and Flickr with more that 10 million unique visitors. The comScore data shows that Photobucket was visited this January by 22.8 million uniques, while Flickr remained the third with 21.9 million uniques.

Facebook Photo application not only has the highest number of unique visitors but also the highest growth rate. In January 2009, the number of monthly U.S. visitors going to Facebook Photos has increased with 9.7 million, or 41% from last September, whilst Photobucket has increased with only 1.5 million, or 7%, and Flickr with 2.4 million, or 12%.

On a worldwide basis, the gap between Facebook Photos and Flickr, which is the number two site globally, and looks like it is about to pass Photobucket in the U.S., went from 41.2 million unique monthly visitors in September to 87 million in December, according to the most recent data available.

In December 2008, on an international basis, Facebook was the leader in photosharing sites around the world with 153.3 million unique visitors for Facebook Photos, 66.7 million for FLickr, 45.5 million for Picasa and 42.7 million for Photobucket.

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