Blogs, Wikis, Social Networks Driving Web Growth
So where are all the netizens? They're visiting blogs, wikis, online communities and social networks. According to ComScore, the web properties enjoying the greatest growth from 2005 are:
- Blogger.com (528%)
- MySpace (318%)
- Wikipedia (275%)
- Citysearch (185%)
- Whitepages.com (60%)
"The growth in blogging reminds us the Internet is fulfilling its original promise about participation," said Gary Arlen, a research analyst and president of Arlen Communications Inc. "This medium empowers users in such a way that they can do what they want and be heard." Experts also note greater interest in local search, as more small businesses and local groups go online.
However, growth can be a dual edged sword, as increased traffic to MySpace and Wikipedia may be attributable in part to controversies associated with those sites.
Source: Washington Post