Our Favourite Websites #1

Posted by Edward Bear PhD on
Category: Science/Technology/Internet51 Comments

What is your favourite website? Which site do you use the most and does it do the job you really want it to perform? That is what this new series of posts is all about – our favourite websites. Tim Berners-Lee published the first ever website in 1991 and there must be billions more that have come and gone – or even remained – since then. Serious sites, business sites, dysfunctional sites (yes, ok – we know who we are) or maybe sites just devoted to grumpy cats. So I thought I would have a sit down and decide which sites I thought had brought us the most enjoyment, functionality, performance or just wasted our precious time over the last thirty years.

There is one site, which for many people, is their gateway to the internet. Instead of remembering a site address many people google it and then click on the link. If Granny wants to visit Tesco’s website, she doesn’t type in tesco.com – that would be too difficult – instead, she googles Tesco and then clicks on the first link that comes up. It is easy to laugh but many people do the same.

Such is Google’s dominance, for many people it is the internet. Even though it is more difficult to fire up Google and search for a site than it is to simply type in a domain name. The fact that there are millions of searches for “google” on Google each year should, perhaps, surprise no one. Although it has diversified in recent years – Google Docs and Gmail for example – search remains at the hub of its business. Statistic show the global market share of leading internet search engines. In April 2019, online search engine Bing accounted for just over three percent of the global search market. During the same month, Chinese search engine Baidu had a market share of less than one percent. Google dominates the search engine market, maintaining a near 90 percent market share as of April 2019.

The figures can be broken down further. On the desktop, Google accounts for over 70 percent of searches while its nearest competitor, Bing, can’t even break out into double-figures. On mobiles and tablets, Googles market dominance runs at 95% – as reported by NetMarketShare. That means – across platforms and devices – nine out of every ten people who use the internet around the world use Google. That is a massive dominance.

So why is Google the best at what it does?

Google is so successful because at the time that it launched – late 1990s – it provided much better search results than any of its competitors. As the years have gone by they have continued to provide excellent search results but done so in a way people appreciate. Yahoo used to be the most successful search engine but at a time when most people were on slow, dial-up connections their website was cluttered and slow to load. On the other hand, Google’s was simple and has remained the same. A logo and a search box is all you get. Anything else is hidden in a very small menu in the top right-hand corner of the page – just in case you want anything else, it’s not in your face.

Personally, I think Google understands better than any other company that a search engine needs to achieve two things in order to be successful: it needs to be simple to use and it needs to get rid of users as quickly as possible. Bing seems to think that people want to loiter and enjoy their nice graphics. Google finds what you are looking for and then gets rid of users quickly.

At the end of the day, isn’t that what we want from a search engine?

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Edward Bear PhD

I am the bear in charge of things and also the Blog Admin. I keep the bear’s online presence alive and ticking while helping with many of the day to day tasks around Jammy Toast. I also have the distinction of being the only bear to graduate from Cambridge University where I gained a PhD. in Computer Sciences.

51 Comments on “Our Favourite Websites #1”

  1. :music-2:
    A little bit of Monica in my life
    A little bit of Erica by my side
    A little bit of Rita is all I need
    A little bit of Tina is what I see
    A little bit of Sandra in the sun
    Mambo #5.

  2. Rolf report Sept 12

    I love squirty (aerosol) cream. I like it more than any other cat treat. The supermarket started selling a vegan version so my human bought me some. I took a disdainful sniff at it & meowed for the proper stuff. Thankfully, I’m a lactose-tolerant cat.

    Rolf x

  3. “What does Christopher Robin do in the mornings nowadays?” asked Rabbit. Now that he thought of it, Pooh hadn’t seen Christopher Robin about so much lately. Just after breakfast, yes. And then, perhaps, “See you again, Pooh,” and off he’d go. Where?

  4. “So, so you think you can tell
    Heaven from hell
    Blue skies from pain
    Can you tell a green field
    From a cold steel rail?
    A smile from a veil?
    Do you think you can tell?”

  5. Some lad on this Luas is on the phone screaming I’m getting half a garden now if you want anything.. and don’t forget you owe me money.. ye fucking do don’t have me to go up there I’ll smash your gaf up.. ye do ye owe me a score… a score 20 poxy euro.. will ye fuck off :roflao: :roflao: :roflao:

  6. Only one day off this week because i`m doing more overtime than Terry Waite, So i have a plan, Take Patsy out over the fields, bacon on toast X4 on our return. Run th`oover over, mow the lawn, then a good settle on the couch. No, you fuck off.

  7. Just going to Facebook to tag Sicknote in them videos where lions are reunited with their prides and dogs with their owners they haven’t seen in years seeing as his reminisce comedown has hit an all time low. Brb.

  8. I love the new McDonalds adverts in which they show where their eggs and fries come from. I can’t wait for the one where they show a cow getting stunned and minced up.

    Norris Norwood, Colchester.

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