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Thursday, March 27, 2014


I RECENTLY read the latest tally of comScore’s leading websites and it seems that Google is back at number 1, while Yahoo slid to number 2. This is probably for American sites because it is possible some sites in China may have even more users (considering China now counts over 650 million internet users).

This is also only the number of American desktops visiting American sites and does not include people of other nationalities visiting US sites. According to their tally, there were approximately 222 million Internet desktop users that accessed US websites in February 2014 and of this, 187 million went to Google sites, 182 million visited Yahoo at least once, while 163 million visited a Microsoft website. Facebook was number four with 133 million visitors.

Please note that these are just the numbers for unique visitors. If I visit a Google site once the whole month and stay only for a few minutes, and I visit Facebook 5 times a day every day and stay there for two hours and click on dozens of pages, I would still count as one in both sites. This also does not reflect the total number of traffic generated.

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Meanwhile, I was surprised upon reading another report that the video streaming site Netflix (which sells TV and movie program access) is actually the biggest user of bandwidth in the United States. Although in this score, they would count only less than 30 million, but most watch movies and probably download gigabytes of information.

The competition has gotten fierce. Yahoo a few months ago announced a free offering of one terabyte of storage in its Flickr website. A few days ago, Google dropped the prices of its storage offerings and now offers hundreds of gigabytes for a few dollars. It also dropped prices of its cloud platform offerings. Within a day, Amazon web services also slashed their prices by half as well. This is going to be interesting….

(www.twitter.com/wilsonng)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 28, 2014.

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