As such, it isn’t a fully random sample. Instead, the researchers chose half their respondents (n=508) to be people who own or manage a domain name, and the other half (n=506) to be those who do not own or manage a domain name.
Although the researchers do not comment on it in their summary, I’m guessing this over-represents domain owners/managers when compared with the population.
Nevertheless, the research does break out results for the two groups.
In the case of the chart above, the top 5 sites remain the same when only domain owners/managers are responding. For the non owner/managers, nzherald.co.nz drops to number six, being edged out by hotmail.com.
Among the other findings:
15% of respondents didn’t know what a domain name was.
Most respondents felt there were already enough top-level domains available.
Two thirds of respondents would prefer to have a .nz domain for their website. (Or does this mean they would prefer to visit a site with a .nz domain? The wording of the research summary is ambiguous, so I am inferring a bit here.)
Domain owners/managers have higher acceptance of .com domains, but still prefer .nz
Slightly more than half of respondents liked the idea of having domains with no second level, as in mydomainname.nz. This is the system used in Canada and I suppose it might reduce confusion between .co.nz, .org.nz, .net.nz, etc. But I’d hate to contemplate another rush to stake out the new streamlined domains. Don’t we give the domain registrars enough money already?
Not a bad report from CBC Ottawa on the rise of the social media communicator – except for the news anchor’s clumsy reference to how you could be “a professional tweeple”. Anyone know the singular form of “tweeple”?
…senior officials say the State Department asked Twitter to refrain for going down for periodic scheduled maintenance at this critical time to ensure the site continues to operate. Bureau’s and offices across the State Department, they say, are paying very close attention to Twitter and other sites to get information on the situation in Iran.
…officials say the internet, and specifically social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, are providing the United States with critical information in the face of a crackdown on journalists by Iranian authorities.
Twitter, as vital national security infrastructure?
It’s always fun (well, I think so, at least) to compare web traffic stats. Today I was having a look at the top sites identified by Hitwise for the United States and New Zealand. (Unfortunately Hitwise doesn’t report Canadian data.)
First off, it’s important to note that the data refer to market share (expressed as a percentage) of all visits to sites by users based in the specified country. That’s not the way most websites report their rankings, which are more often based on page impressions or unique (unrepeated) visitors during a period. Moreover, the Hitwise data are extrapolations based on samples obtained from co-operating ISPs in the specific countries, not actual counts.
OK, now to the comparison. A few things I found noteworthy:
No news website appears in the US top 15. But two (nzherald and stuff) appear on the NZ list. Yes, Kiwis are always on the lookout for news (especially if it’s about rugby). 😉
Auction site eBay is number 8 on the US list. But home-grown auction site Trade Me is number 3 in NZ. In fact, more than a quarter of all New Zealanders are registered members of Trade Me, which was sold last year to publishing group Fairfax for NZ$700 million. Now that’s a success story. I find it much nicer to use than eBay and just wish they’d expand out of the Antipodes.
In the US, the social networking action is on MySpace and, increasingly, Facebook. In NZ, British-based Bebo dominates. A Silicon Valley rumour has Yahoo looking at buying Bebo for around US$1 billion.
YouTube and Wikipedia are popular in both countries. (At least the kids are doing their homework while they watch videos?)
In both countries, web traffic is dominated by search and email.
A student newspaper editor who was only three weeks into the job led coverage of yesterday’s massacre of more than 30 people at Virginia Tech.
Amie Steele’s team at Collegiate Times not only published an expanded 16-page newspaper this morning, they kept their website updated throughout the events yesterday despite an overload that forced them to change servers mid-stream.
They posted a victims list overnight, and identified the killer, Cho Seung-Hui, an hour before his name was released by police.
All of this at a time when many of them must have been worried about, or possibly mourning, friends on campus.
Joe Strupp describes what went on at Collegiate Times in an article at Editor & Publisher.
Other students published their own accounts of the shootings, using blogs, Facebook and Wikipedia, as Mathew Ingram summarizes.