By Marcus Leach

Data released by Nielsen and UK Online Measurement (UKOM) has revealed that Facebook is the second most popular website in the UK.

The social media giant had 26.8 million visitors in May alone, a 7% increase on the same time period last year.

This means that Facebook overtook Microsoft's MSN, Windows Live and Bing sites, which had 26.2 million visitors. However, they are still a long way off Google, who clocked 33.9 million visitors in May.

Between 2009 and 2001 Facebook also saw a 41% rise in members, with the bulk of those coming from the over-fifties age range.

"The growth in audiences to these social networks is now primarily being driven by the 50-plus age group. Just a few years ago, this group may have found itself out of place on these sites," UKOM general manager James Smythe said.

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