More during the week about the various events around Broadband Week. One to definitely to note is that they’ll be announcing an Innovation Fund at the end of the week that tech startups might benefit from.
Remember those ComScore stats? They’re back again for September, via eircom.
Top 10 Internet properties visited by Irish users during September 2007:
* Over 2 million people in Ireland logged onto the Internet in September 2007 (48% of the population)
* Top 5 properties visited by Irish users are non Irish sites
* eircom.net is the number one Irish site visited by Irish users
* Almost 1.2m unique users visited eircom.net during September.
* Only 3 of the top 10 sites visited by Irish users are Irish sites
8. Time Warner Network
10. Aer Lingus
Top Sporting sites visited by Irish Users
* 65% of Irish visitors to sporting sites are under the age of 35
* 64% of Irish visitors to these sites are male
* RTE Sport is the 3rd most visited sporting site by Irish internet users
* Only two Irish sites in the top 10 â€“ RTE Sport and GAA.ie
* One in three Irish users visited a sporting site
3. RTE Sport
4. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
5. BBC Sport
Top Multimedia Sites visited by Irish Users
* 66% of Irish visitors to multimedia entertainment sites are under the age of 35
* 10% of Irish visitors to these sites are 55 or older
* 43% of Irish users visited a multimedia site during September 2007
Top Gambling Sites Visited by Irish Users
* The number of unique visits to Gambling sites by Irish users has doubled in the past year.
* lotto.ie and paddypower.com are the 2nd and 3rd most popular gambling sites for Irish users
* 30% of Irish Internet users visit Gambling websites once a month
3. Paddy Power
4. 365 Media Group
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS
* Boards.ie is the most visited discussion / chat site by Irish users in September 2007
* Unique visits to discussion / chat sites have increased 16% in the last year
* 1 in 4 Irish users visited a discussion / chat site during September
Other interesting fact:
Labour passed a motion (proposed by yours truly) making it policy to have the existing universal service provision for a telephone line changed to be one for a broadband data connection. Now, all we need to do is win an election… 😉
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Is lotto.ie strictly speaking a gambling site? I mean I get that might well be termed an enabler but you can’t actually gamble on the site itself so it’s a bit like calling the racing results page on aertel a gambling site.
I am not so sure about these ‘facts’ – as most people are with any stat that says ‘x number of people connected to y’ – the Net is notoriously unreliable as a vehicle for counting use. For example, many people who have a Skype account are ‘on the net’ every time they switch on their computer and even during when they don’t, Skype tends to ‘call-in’.
I had recently reason to look at what was happening on my connection, ‘cos I thought I was being tagged by a spammer. It is very interesting to see what is going on….. and I’d say some of these activities are logged as ‘uses’.
Anyway, would you believe eircom?
I’ve discovered that the good people at eircom believe that “sometime in the middle of 2008” is an acceptable connection date to give for either a telephone line or broadband.
“universal service” is increasingly a myth
365 Media Group is far more than just gambling, PlanetRugby, Football365 etc…
Where do they get their stats, ramdom sampling. Where are RTE.ie.
RTE are ABC audited and their unique users are set at 1.5 million plus with 43 million plus page impressions. How do they not feature on the top 10 most popular site list. Given the most pupular news site in the UK is the Guardian with 120 million page impressions, I would say RTE at 43 million given the size of the Irish web audience would do enough to get up the comscore list. ireland.com are also ABC audited and quote 1.18 million unique users with traffic of over 17 million page impressions. Seems this set of stats are fairly worthless and only help confuse matters.
Outside the boardroom these stats from ComScore ,Alexa and their ilk have no meaning they are only to be believed as and when Netcraft confirms it.
If you have ever wondered why GAA.ie is slow some days it might have something to do with it being hosted in Australia !!