Top Irish Websites

There has  been plenty of comment over the past week on which are the top Irish websites and how can we find accurate ways to measure activity. Who this most benefits of course is advertisers and marketing agencies. Comscore it seems uses a panel of 2,000 Irish Internet users. While this has it’s disadvantages one alternative being suggested will never happen – that companies allow third parties access to their log files. In the early days of the Internet companies freely shared their user data, but the online competitive landscape has shifted and this has long since ceased.

In the age of Web 2.0 it does seem that user-generated stats are probably the most reliable and hence the role of sites such as Alexa which invite users to download a toolbar on their browser which feeds information back to Alexa. Damien Mulley points out  in today’s Tribune that because so few Irish people have these toolbars then small numbers can skew the data. Seems like more of use should get use these toolbars to equalise things out.

Alexa’s Top Irish Websites has quite a different flavour to Comscore’s and gives a strong sense of the diversity that exists in Ireland. Feels a little less like the advertiser’s dream list than Comscore’s does.

4 thoughts on “Top Irish Websites

  1. Hi Brendan,
    I looked at the top Irish websites thinking I would educate myself on useful websites. Was disappointed to see porn sites were included. I think they should not be included as they are a complete insult to women – and men for that matter. My first time to visit your blog. I am over 25 so not used to blogs!

    Mary

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  2. Hi Mary. Welcome to the world of blogging. I’ve just checked out Alexa’s link above and see that I need to update it (which I’ve now done).

    The top 20 Irish websites today (April 200) don’t contain any porn sites:

    google.ie
    google.com
    youtube.com
    yahoo.com
    live.com
    facebook.com
    bebo.com
    wikipedia.org
    msn.com
    blogger.com
    google.co.uk
    bbc.co.uk
    rte.ie
    ebay.ie
    daft.ie
    aib.ie
    partypoker.com
    myspace.com
    nasza-klasa.pl
    orkut.com

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