Facebook inches past Google for Web users’ minutes

New data shows that US Web surfers are spending more time socializing on Facebook than searching with Google.

In August, people spent a total of 41.1 million minutes on Facebook, about 9.9 percent of their Web-surfing minutes for the month, researchers at comScore Inc. say. That just barely surpassed the 39.8 million minutes, or 9.6 percent, people spent on all of Google Inc.’s sites combined, including YouTube, the free Gmail e-mail program, Google news and other content sites.

US Web users spent 37.7 million minutes on Yahoo Inc. sites, or 9.1 percent of their time, putting Yahoo third in terms of time spent browsing.

In July, Facebook crept past Yahoo for the first time, according to comScore.