Monday, January 16, 2012

The Intimate Details of my Classmate's Internet Habits...(as Compared to my Own)

So the title of this post sounds a lot creepier than I intended...oh well, it keeps things interesting. Most of the internet usage of my classmates was pretty typical; however, I was surprised to see how many of them actually do check the news. I guess I'm just the slacker here who doesn't pay much attention to current events. I would have to say that is mostly because I find the news either slightly depressing or annoying. Much of the news (as I noted in my earlier blog I have been paying more attention to the news...at least enough to make nytimes.com my home page and read over the headlines before moving on to FB) is either about the elections (which irritate me...politicians aren't exactly my favorite people right now), some terrible accident or crime that happened somewhere or other, the (unending) conflicts in the Middle East, the financial crisis either here in the U.S. or in Europe, or a number of other calamities around the world. I know, I know, I should care about all this, and, deep down, I do, but I hate to be assaulted everyday with the troubles of the world for which I can do nothing. I feel like I have the choice between cynicism and apathy. 


Ok, now that I've vented on all of you, (sorry!) I also noticed how sites like Facebook have become a part of our daily lives. I think almost every one of my classmates mentioned getting on FB at least once a day. It's amazing how much they have integrated into our lives and our culture.  


Just for grins and giggles I looked up the top most visited websites on the internet. The website I got the information from had the "Top 500 Global Sites" but I'll just list the top 20 here. If you want to see the rest go to http://www.alexa.com/topsites


I literally copy and pasted this on here so I won't take credit for whats written here (and you're on your own with the stuff in different languages. I can't help you there.) 



  • 1

    Google

    google.com
    Enables users to search the world's information, 
    including webpages, images, and videos.
  • 2

    Facebook

    facebook.com
    A social utility that connects people, to keep up
     with friends, upload photos, share links and more.

  • 3

    YouTube

    youtube.com
    YouTube is a way to get your videos 
    to the people who matter to you. 

  • 4

    Yahoo!

    yahoo.com
    A major internet portal and service provider.

  • 5

    Baidu.com

    baidu.com
    The leading Chinese language search engine.

  • 6

    Wikipedia

    wikipedia.org
    A free encyclopedia built 
    collaboratively using wiki software. 

  • 7

    Windows Live

    live.com
    Search engine from Microsoft.

  • 8

    Blogspot.com

    blogspot.com
     

  • 9

    Amazon.com

    amazon.com
    Amazon.com seeks to be Earth's most 
    customer-centric company.

  • 10

    Twitter

    twitter.com
    Social networking and microblogging 
    service utilising instant messaging, 
    SMS or a web interface.

  • 11

    QQ.COM

    qq.com
    China's largest and most used Internet 
    service portal.

  • 12

    淘宝网

    taobao.com
    包括电脑通讯、数码、男装、女装、童装、
    化妆品、书籍音像、运动用品、
    游戏装备等各种商品的买卖,还有相关的社区交流,

  • 13

    Google India

    google.co.in
    Indian version of this popular search engine. 

  • 14

    Yahoo! Japan

    yahoo.co.jp
    Japanese version of popular portal site.

  • 15

    MSN

    msn.com
    Portal for shopping, news and money, 
    e-mail, search, and chat.

  • 16

    LinkedIn

    linkedin.com
    A networking tool to find connections to 
    recommended job candidates, industry 
    experts and businesses.

  • 17

    新浪新闻中心

    sina.com.cn
    包括即日的国内外不同类型的新闻与评论,
    人物专题,图库。

  • 18

    WordPress.com

    wordpress.com
    Free blogs managed by the developers of 
    the WordPress software. 

  • 19

    Google

    google.de
    Suche im gesamten Web, in deutschsprachigen
     sowie in deutschen Sites. 

  • 20

    eBay

    ebay.com
    International person to person auction site,
     with products sorted into categories.


5 comments:

  1. Did anyone else find it weird that Google shows up three different times on this list?

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  2. I agree that the news can be a bit depressing. And although I enjoy politics, I can certainly understand how the coverage gets annoying. Keep checking those papers and you'll find better stories.

    Nice blog design, by the way.

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    1. haha thanks! I had fun with it. :)

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  3. I've always felt the same way about the news. Flipping through pages of politics, conflict, and finance can get pretty dreary. And like you said, it's no that I don't find those subjects important, I just want something else thrown in once in a while! The only full article I read the last time I picked up a paper was about a polar bear in Germany that was having a monument built to it. I guess that's a comment on what will interest me.
    And that is weird about Google; you'd think they would just lump those together.

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    1. I do the same thing. I think the last one I read was about a russian cybergang who uses Facebook to spread viruses that steal your information. They really built a monument to a polar bear??

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