Google Usurped as #1 Website in 1 in 3 Countries

At Lucidica we love facts and figures but even more than that, we love maps. So we’ve compiled data from Alexa.com to display the world’s top websites in map form.

No1 Website

#1 websites in the world

Of the 126 countries where website data is available, 60% of them rank Google as the number one website.  Social networking site Facebook is a close second with 33% of countries ranking it as number one.

In Russia, the number one website is the search engine Yandex and in China, it’s Baidu. Yahoo is the favourite in Japan and Taiwan, while YouTube is top in Moldova. In Kazakhstan, Mail.ru is the most used website and in Belarus, social networking website VK.com is number one.

The data shows that search engines are most popular and social networking sites are a close second. It’s only in two countries where the most popular sites are neither of these. Neobux.com is a free pay-to-click service that lets members earn money by viewing online adverts and it’s the number one website in Bulgaria. In the Palestinian Territory, it’s news website Alwatanvoice that takes the top spot.

Of course, we couldn’t just stop there. We also compiled the data to show which search engine is number one in each country.

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#1 search engines in the world

This map shows an awful lot of white and that’s because Google is the number one search engine in 96% of countries where data is available. Only in five countries was Google not top. Yandex is the number one search engine in Russia, while Baidu is top in China. Yahoo is still top in Japan and Taiwan, while in Kazakhstan, the winner is Mail.ru.

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#1 social networking sites in the world

Our final map shows the number one social networking sites in the world. It’s mostly blue because Facebook is, not surprisingly, the most used social networking site with 92% of countries ranking it as number one. In Russia, its own VK.com is the most popular website to catch up with friends and it’s also number one in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. In China, they have their own site Weibo which holds the number one crown, while in Iran, the closest they have to a social networking site is the blogging platform Blogfa.

Frype.com is the most popular social networking site in Latvia, and in Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Uzbekistan, the most used social networking website is Odnoklassniki, which is a popular service for reuniting old friends and classmates. It currently has over 148 million registered users.

So there we have it. Google and Facebook are the most used websites in the world, while only a select few countries prefer their home-grown sites for searching and connecting with people. How long do you think it will be before maps like this show the whole world in white or blue?