It is always interesting to see how Internet usage in Ireland changes over time. The latest update from Alexa.com suggests that while search is still the number one utility used by Irish net surfers, social interaction is the next most popular activity.

When was the last time you checked out eircom.net?

When was the last time you checked out eircom.net?

Of the top 20 most popular websites in Ireland, eleven are principally focused on user-generated content and conversations – I’m including eBay and Daft in this category. Facebook has now passed out Bebo as the most popular Irish social network and I’m noticing Twitter in the top 20 for the first time at number 15.

A really interesting change is that there is now only one corporate website, AIB bank, in the top 20. In the past you would typically see the Irish airlines, Aer LingusĀ  and Ryanair in particular here in the top 20. They are now ranked 31 and 40 respectively.

Another change of note is the relegation of Eircom.net from its position as one of Ireland’s most popular websites for the first ten years of the Internet. For much of that time it served many as the gateway to the world wide web but now finds itself in 30th place – just one spot behind a porn website.

Finally, Bing, the brand new search engine from Microsoft, comes in at number 26 and presumably is the one to watch over the coming months.

  1. google.ie – search

  2. google.com -search

  3. youtube.com – video sharing

  4. yahoo.com – search

  5. facebook.com – social network

  6. bebo.com – social network

  7. live.com – search

  8. wikipedia.org – collaborative encyclopedia

  9. msn.com – email and chat

  10. google.co.uk – search

  11. blogger.com – blogging platform

  12. bbc.co.uk – news

  13. rte.ie – news

  14. aib.ie – Ireland’s largest bank

  15. twitter.com – social network / micro-blooging

  16. daft.ie – property advertising website

  17. ebay.ie - online flea market

  18. boards.ie – discussion forum

  19. flickr.com – photo sharing

  20. irishtimes.com – news

  21. wordpress.com – blogging platform

  22. microsoft.com – corporate website

  23. partypoker.com – gambling

  24. independent.ie – news

  25. myspace.com – social network

  26. bing.com – search

  27. nasza-klasa.pl – social network

  28. orkut.com – social network

  29. pornhub.com – porn

  30. eircom.net – search / directory / email

  31. aerlingus.com – airline

  32. o2online.ie – mobile operator

  33. imdb.com – movie database

  34. ebay.co.uk – flea market

  35. google.pl – search

  36. 365online.com – 2nd largest bank

  37. youporn.com – porn

  38. amazon.com – book retailer

  39. ebay.com – flea market

  40. ryanair.com – airline