Facebook gaining on YouTube in web video

Facebook is growing faster than Google’s YouTube as a place to watch videos, Bloomberg reports.

Clips generated by Facebook users were watched by 41 million people in April, more than three times as many as a year earlier, when there were 13 million. YouTube grew 25 percent to 135 million unique viewers over the same period, Reston, Virginia-based data researcher ComScore Inc. said this week….

Facebook, based in Palo Alto, California, has the fifth- largest audience for Web videos, ComScore said, behind properties run by Google, Yahoo! Inc., News Corp., and Vevo, the music-video site jointly operated by Sony Corp., Universal Music Group and Abu Dhabi Media Co.

Since April 2009, the social network has climbed past AOL Inc., Viacom Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Hulu, a video site whose owners include Walt Disney Co. and News Corp., ComScore said.

A new report from  the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows social-networking sites are more popular for posting clips than video-sharing sites.