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Wikipedia, YouTube Make Big Gains
October 26, 2006
Thomas Mennecke
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Comscore released their monthly Internet snap shot, listing the 15 most popular websites. Old reliables Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, and eBay took the top positions, however relative newcomers Wikipedia and YouTube are making a rapid climb up the world wide web. Wikipedia had 154 million unique visitors in September, while YouTube came in number 14 with 81 million unique visitors.

According to Comscore, Wikipedia and YouTube both experienced a 12% traffic increase from August to September. Wikipedia is a community based encyclopedia, whose accuracy and relevance is dependent on active Wikipedia members. This has spurred concerns regarding the factual integrity of the site, however its rapid growth indicates Wikipedia has the confidence of the public.

YouTube is also a community driven site, where users are encouraged to upload personal video clips and movies. The site has collected a vast array of strange, funny, interesting, and copyrighted material - an aspect that many feel will challenge the longevity of the site. However with Google's recent $1.65 billion purchase, these fears have been somewhat mitigated.

Below is Comscore's top 15 websites for September 2006:


Web PropertiesTotal Unique Visitors
(000) Sept-06
Worldwide Total (Ages 15+)726,749
Microsoft Sites505,479
Yahoo! Sites480,641
Google Sites467,498
eBay237,327
Time Warner Network217,843
Wikipedia Sites154,848
Fox Interactive Media117,789
Ask Network112,768
Adobe Sites95,196
Apple Computer, Inc.94,909
Lycos, Inc.91,126
CNET Networks84,259
YouTube.com81,019
Viacom Digital65,799


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