The Alexa Ranking is a well-known ranking mechanism, which sorts websites according to their popularity. popular website in this case means the average of daily visitors as well as their page views.
“Don’t be evil” is Google’s unofficial motto. Google comes in first and second among Germany’s popular website. Hurray!
.de is the TLD for websites from Germany by the way. I give you the top 10:
Not much of a surprise for the top websites here. popular website
Facebook, YouTube, eBay, Wikipedia, Amazon are all well-known names as well and they each have their respective German releases, so not much difference here either. Yahoo! appears later than in the US or UK and never had as large of a market share as in those two countries.
Der Spiegel is one of Germany’s best-selling news magazines and appears weekly. Spiegel simply means mirror. Their website is a comprehensive collection of daily news and has been very successful over the years. Web.de is Germany’s own Yahoo! popular website
11 to 20 look like this:
“Bild” Website – yepp, it’s that bad
And it works. If you thought most German newspapers were all serious and only dealing with business, this one might come as a shock to you 😉
Xing, studiverzeichnis.de and wer-kennt-wen.de are all social networking sites with a different focus: Xing contains business profiles, studiverzeichnis.de is for college students and wer-kennt-wen is a fairly general service where you can find out who is connected to whom etc.
leo.org is one of my favorites here, because it has morphed from a small university project into a website that most people know. LEO started off as a German-English dictionary, but now contains multiple languages. They started to put ads on the site a while back, but it still looks pretty clean and simple and hasn’t turned into one of those online mega-sites that try to do everything. I think that’s why it’s so popular.
I browsed the rest of them for you, there are 100 sites listed: most of them are more news portals, online services, social software sites and porn.
Two more that I thought were interesting:
Is pretty good portal related to IT and online news with a large community in its bulletin boards. If you search for anything tech-related in German, you’re likely to come across this page.
Kicker is a traditional German soccer magazine, so it ranks fairly high here. Kicker as in ‘kick the ball’.
I checked really hard, but unfortunately I’m not among the top 100 sites yet, damn it. Happy browsing to you!