This short list of the most visited websites in the United States so far in 2011 is based on a combination of average daily visitors and total page views over the past 3 months, according to Google Analytics and Alexa. This includes direct traffic and organic traffic from all reputable search engines. If we examine the most visited websites worldwide in 2011, Windows Live and Craigslist get bumped off the list and Baidu (China’s most popular search engine) and QQ (China’s largest internet service portal ) crack the Top-10 list.
Google has become such a popular search engine that people have coined the phrase “Googling” to describe searching for topics on the Internet. In addition to serving as one of the top search engines, you can get maps and directions to a variety of destinations, read news articles on today’s hot topics and benefit from an excellent online shopping mall where you can compare prices and read customer reviews on products and retailers. Google also has an email system called Gmail that is free.
Facebook, if you’ve been living on another planet for the last half-decade, is a social network created to connect people. First made popular by college and high school students, Facebook is used today by people of all ages. Sign up for a free account and start uploading photos and writing notes. You can also visit other Facebook user pages and get news and insight into a variety of topics. Once you register, you’ll be able to search for old friends and connect online or seek out new friends.
Yahoo is a multi-faceted resource for Internet users, from the advanced search engine functions to free e-mail. You can easily customize your home page and access local weather, news and events. Yahoo also offers shopping, information on automobiles and real estate. Yahoo offers a question and answer area with a wealth of information. Sign up to ask questions or answer questions and collect points. Old questions and answers are archived for future reference.
Popular with both adults and teens, this site offers a myriad of online videos on just about any topic imaginable. Search by keyword or link to additional related titles from the current video you’re viewing. Sign up for free and upload your own videos or share and bookmark your favorite videos. The community area helps with directions and the ability to find out how to perform different tasks at YouTube. Not sure how to upload your own video? The community is the place to ask.
Amazon is a multinational electronic commerce company headquartered in Seattle, WA and the largest online retailer in the United States. They boast nearly three times the internet sales revenue of the runner up, Staples, Inc. They are an online retailer of books, movies, music and games along with electronics, toys, apparel, sports, tools, groceries, general home and garden items, and let’s face it, just about anything else you can think of.
The Internet’s largest and most interactive encyclopedia. It comes in several popular languages, including English, French, Italian, Spanish and Chinese. Each day a specific article is featured along with what topics are currently in the news and links to more information to learn more about those topics. Use the handy search feature to locate the topic of your choice. Within each article are additional links to both internal and external sources to expand on the topic at hand.
Twitter is a rich source of instantly updated information, making it easy to stay updated on an incredibly wide variety of topics. Whether it’s breaking news, a local traffic jam, a deal at your favorite shop or a funny pick-me-up from a friend, Twitter keeps you informed with what matters most to you today and helps you discover what might matter to you most tomorrow.
Blogspot is a web blog publishing tool from Google, used for sharing text, photos, videos, thoughts and more with your friends and the world. The blog-publishing service allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at the subdomain Blogspot.com.
Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements – with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums. Craig Newmark began the service in 1995 as an email distribution list of friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now serves over 20 billion page views per month.
Windows live is an online environment to help you get organized, connected and utilize your online time more efficiently. From the portal, you can access your Hotmail account where you’ll be able to receive and send email or check your calendar for events. You can also access Messenger for the ability to instant message with others. You can also connect to online spaces such as SkyDrive, which offers up to 25GB of free online storage space.