The development of the internet has revolutionized the way information is disseminated, accessed, and has created a global village scenario. Social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are some of the most popular platforms on the internet, and search engine Google.com is the world’s most popular website.
The Most Popular Websites in the World
Google.com is the world’s most popular website. It is a search engine that is run by Google, an American technological multinational. Larry Page and Sergey founded Google. As at 2015, Google employed approximately 57,100 employees. According to Alexa, a web traffic analysis company, Google.com processes about 40,000 search request per second. Over the years, the search engine has undergone significant improvement including the “humming bird,” a feature that allows users to search for information using their native languages. Google faces competition from other search engines such as Bing, Yahoo, and Bing although it still controls the market share at 66%.
YouTube.com is an online videos sharing platform. It was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in February 2005 before Google acquired it for US$1.65 billion in November 2006. It is the second most popular website after Google’s search engine. YouTube allows users to upload videos, share them with others, rate them and leave video reviews. Users of YouTube are not charged to upload videos as the company earns by use of Google AdSense, a program used to advertise products and services by targeting particular clients. Millions of users access the website daily.
Facebook is an online social platform owned by Facebook Corporation. Mark Zuckerberg established the website along with four other students of Harvard College. Facebook had begun as an online platform for students at the institution before it expanded to other institutions of higher education. Facebook allows its users to post updates, photos, comments, and videos. As at December 31st, 2016, it was estimated that Facebook had 1.8 billion active users, making it the most popular social site. It ranks third on website popularity index. Facebook.com is considered a friendly, easy to use platform that supports access by major internet access desktop and mobile devices.
Baidu.com is a Chinese search engine whose success has been influenced by the censorship of Google’s search engine, google.com in China. Alexa Internet ranks Baidu as the 4th most popular website globally. Baidu controls a market share of 56.6% in China and is is it first Chinese firm to be listed on NASDAQ-100index. The company was founded by Robin Li and Eric Xu in 2000 before they floated some of their shares to American investors making it a Chinese-American company. It faces competition from Yahoo, Bing, and Sogou.
Other popular websites
Other popular sites include Yahoo, Wikipedia, Google.co.in, Qq.com, Sohu.com, and Taobao.com