Social Media Matters: Google continues to dominate online

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Dec. 21, 2012
Metro section

Google continues to dominate online

If you’re wondering which website is the most popular in the world, Google continues its rank in the top spot, according to Here are the top 10 current websites globally, in Canada, and the U.S., including the global top 10 in a number of categories. Rankings are current to Dec. 17.

Alexa.comTop 10 websites in the world by rank: 1); 2) Facebook; 3) YouTube; 4) Yahoo!; 5) Baidu; 6) Wikipedia; 7) Windows Live; 8); 9); 10) Twitter. Baidu is a Chinese search engine, while is a free Chinese instant messaging program similar to MSN.

Top 10 websites in Canada: 1); 2) Facebook; 3); 4) YouTube; 5) Yahoo!; 6) Windows Live; 7) Wikipedia; 8) Twitter; 9) LinkedIn; 10)

Top 10 websites in the U.S.: 1); 2) Facebook; 3) YouTube; 4) Yahoo!; 5); 6) eBay; 7) Wikipedia; 8) Windows Live; 9); 10) Twitter.

Top 10 newspaper websites in the world: 1) New York Times; 2) The Times of India; 3) The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition; 4) Washington Post; 5) USA Today; 6); 7) Los Angeles Times; 8) The Sydney Morning Herald; 9) The Economic Times; 10) San Francisco Chronicle.

Top 10 magazines and e-zines websites globally: 1) Time Magazine; 2) Atlantic Online; 3) U.S. News & World Report; 4) mental_floss; 5) Readers’s Digest Magazine Articles; 6) Good Magazine; 7) Maclean’s; 8) Parade Magazine; 9) OpenDemocracy; 10) CJR Daily. It’s certainly nice to see a Canadian magazine — Maclean’s — right up there!

Top 10 real estate websites in the world: 1); 2); 3) LoopNet; 4) ActiveRain, Inc.; 5) AOL Real Estate; 6) RE/MAX International, Inc.; 7) Century 21 Real Estate LLC; 8) Land Watch; 9) Coldwell Banker; 10) Inman News Features.

I have to say, I’m surprised at the ongoing popularity of Yahoo! I rarely hear it cross the lips of anyone during discussions about online resources. If you’re unsure of the web addresses of any of the above, simply enter them in Canada’s most popular website,, and you’ll find what you’re looking for quickly.

Connecticut tragedy swamps social media

The terrible mass murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, Dec. 14, caused shockwaves around the world. Social media was ripe with misinformation as news agencies, bloggers and others tried to one-up the other on getting out information as soon a possible. Unfortunately, in tragedies such as this, it seems to be par for the course. Misinformation during chaos existed long before social media, but it seems to be amplified that much more these days because of it.

Copyright © 1995 - 2008 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). All Rights ReservedAmid the massive amount of sadness and shock, there were also quotes by celebrities. One of the most comforting shared was by Fred Rogers, the late beloved children’s television host, whose calming quote was shared widely, especially on Facebook: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Morgan FreemanAnother hoax-prone celebrity wasn’t as fortunate as to have himself accurately quoted, however. If it isn’t bad enough that actor Morgan Freeman is constantly battling online death rumours, he was falsely quoted on a rant about gun control that quickly went viral. Unfortunately, no one bothered to ask him if he’d actually written it. Of course, he hadn’t. Even after some were told that it was false, they continued to share it because they agreed with the rant itself. Emotion often takes over from common sense at times like this — even if it means spreading lies online, which is never justified.

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Every week, I feature YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current to Dec. 17. Have a favourite YouTube channel? Let me know and I may feature it here.

Michael Bublé1) The Official Michael Bublé YouTube Channel (376,686 subscribers): The immensely popular Canadian crooner also has an immensely popular YouTube channel with more than 275 million views. Very impressive! Most of the recent uploads are from his excellent Christmas album, including a peek at a duet with Bing Crosby on Crosby’s iconic “White Christmas.” Thanks to video editing, it looks like they’re singing together. Creepy… but cool at the same time! (Most popular video: Michael Bublé – “Everything” (Official Music Video) – 40,380,758 views.)

Vsauce2) Vsauce (1,687,999 subscribers): According to its channel description, Vsauce provides “amazing facts and the best of the Internet.” Videos look at a variety of interesting questions, such as, “Will we ever run out of new music?” and “How many photos have been taken?” With nearly 1.7 million subscribers and more than 255 million total views, people are indeed wondering, too! Playlists include Atmosphere Science, Awesome Psychology, Best Optical Illusions, and Cool Things to Know. (Most popular video: What If Everyone JUMPED At Once? – 8,070,158 views.)

Since this is my last column before Christmas, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! Drive safely and enjoy your time among family and friends.

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