Top sites comparisons India and the world
If one looks at the top ten websites of the UK, USA and India, one sees some similarities in the lists, but India does not share similarities with China, Russia or Japan. Not surprising, considering that China, Russia and Japan have few English language sites in their top ten list. (Data from Alexa.com)
In China, 9 sites out of 10 are in Chinese and the exception is Google.com which is at number 5. China’s top search engine is Baidu, a Chinese company. Russia has 2 English language sites which are in the top 10 – YouTube and LiveJournal.. The other 8 are in Russian. In Japan it’s the same – 2 English language sites in the top 10 – YouTube and Wiki and the remaining 8 in Japanese.
Interestingly, France has more than half of its top 10 sites in English – YouTube, Skyrock (social networking site), Windows Live, Yahoo, DailyMotion (videosharing) and MSN. And Germany has half of its top ten in English – YouTube, Google, Yahoo, Wiki, Windows Live.
Here’s the list from Alexa.com of the top 10 sites in India. All English language sites.
2. Google India
5. Rediff.com India Ltd.
8. Windows Live
I did another tiny analysis of the sites we have in common with USA and the UK. Guess what, WordPress and Blogger both have a higher rank in India than in the USA or the UK. This I think speaks for the fact that we don’t have too much of choice out here if we want to blog. Hardly any top quality providers, except for Rediff which is the only Indian company in the top 10. Here are the rankings:
USA – 36
U.K – 45
India – 7
UK – 15
Where the Wiki is concerned, we seem to be on par with the US and the UK.
India – 10
USA – 8
U.K. – 11
As for social networking sites, looks like Orkut is still more popular than Facebook in India, but if we go the way of the USA and the UK (which I think we tend to do because of the influence of the Indian diaspora?) I think Facebook will win out. Orkut in India has apparently slipped by 2 ranks. A juxtconsult survey more than a year ago had listed Orkut as India’s 4th most popular site. But these are Alexa’s rankings:
UK – 20
India – 11
USA – 5
UK – 2
Some other comparisons:
India – 3 (Google India is at 2)
USA – 1
UK – 6 (Google UK is 1)
India – 1
USA – 2
UK – 3
UK – 5
India – 65
USA – 32
UK – 86
India – 36
USA – 20
UK – 22
By the way, India has 3 porn sites in it’s top 100, at number 20, 37 and at 71.
The US has 2 porn sites in it’s top 100, at number 26 and at 60.
The UK also has 2 porn sites in it’s top 100, at 21, and at 86.
You can try and figure that out, but I think there are fewer porn sites catering to India while there are a huge number in the UK and the US, resulting in the hits being more evenly spaced out there.
Sites exclusive to India, which don’t figure anywhere else in the world:
In the top 10, only Rediff.com at no. 5, the only Indian company to make it. No wonder Google/Yahoo have been wanting to buy Rediff. There are more Indian companies which are doing well in India, if one looks in the top 20 – Naukri (India’s top job site) at 14, Moneycontrol (Financial Info) at 13, and Cricinfo at 15.
The international job site, Monster, isn’t doing too badly in India, although it doesn’t have a good ranking in the US.
USA – 81
UK – Not in top 100
Though I don’t have any data on this, I think if one looks at sites in any one area per internet population, there is no doubt that India has far fewer sites than the US or the UK.
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