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 least enough to make 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

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

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

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

  • 3

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

  • 4

    A major internet portal and service provider.

  • 5
    The leading Chinese language search engine.

  • 6

    A free encyclopedia built 
    collaboratively using wiki software. 

  • 7

    Windows Live
    Search engine from Microsoft.

  • 8

  • 9 seeks to be Earth's most 
    customer-centric company.

  • 10

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

  • 11

    China's largest and most used Internet 
    service portal.

  • 12


  • 13

    Google India
    Indian version of this popular search engine. 

  • 14

    Yahoo! Japan
    Japanese version of popular portal site.

  • 15

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

  • 16

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

  • 17


  • 18
    Free blogs managed by the developers of 
    the WordPress software. 

  • 19

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

  • 20

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


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

  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.

  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.

    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??