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PlusNet users are very social
Tuesday 30 December 2008 13:55:34 by Sebastien Lahtinen

PlusNet have analysed the top ten websites on Christmas day and the results reveal that we all love to network with our friends. Facebook was the second most popular site with Google reaching into the top position. Facebook users logged on in increasing numbers between 2-3pm during the Queen's Speech broadcast. Shopping sites like Amazon also fared well after users looking for post-Christmas bargains.

"Social networking was very popular among our customers over Christmas, especially during the afternoon of the 25th. The study is a good illustration of how the web is changing the face of the traditional Christmas as more people go online for their fun, information and entertainment.

People were very busy staying in touch with friends and family during the afternoon but their thoughts turned to seasonal bargains later in the evening with more logging onto the shopping sties."

Neil Armstrong, Products Director; Plusnet plc
Rank Christmas Day Boxing Day
1st Google Google
2nd Facebook Facebook
3rd BBC BBC
4th Amazon Amazon
5th iTunes eBay
6th YouTube YouTube
7th eBay iTunes
8th MSN Argos
9th Bebo Bebo
10th Microsoft Play.com

Other popular sites include noradsanta.org and the Met Office.

Comments

Posted by shaneosborne over 8 years ago
Microsoft are only in the top 10 because of all the updates required when first using the O/S. I bet all those peeps who had a PC for xmas were pretty cheesed off when it came to download updates and patches when first connected to the net. grrrhh
Posted by TLMC over 8 years ago
i see ebay jumped up on boxing day. How many christmas presents are now up for sale :)
Posted by citizenx over 8 years ago
Have they been snooping on their customers net traffic? Just how did they get this information?

People complain about Phorm but since when are ISP's ok to snoop on users so they can spit out some stats for PR purposes?
Posted by ianwild over 8 years ago
The data isn't derived from looking at individual customers traffic, but rather the destination of web traffic originating from our network as a whole.

The purpose of collecting this information is to allow us to control and maintain our service efficiently, not for PR (although the data is a useful side effect of being in control).

Ian
Posted by igenetix over 8 years ago
... so that's why Plusnet has been throttling protocols even more over the holiday (even past midnight) with this increased web activity - I guess you didn't ask Santa to light another fibre for Christmas - it's getting crowded here!
Posted by citizenx over 8 years ago
What is the exact data you are looking at to work this out Ian? Is it DNS requests or something else?

Posted by carrot63 over 8 years ago
"Facebook users logged on in increasing numbers between 2-3pm during the Queen's Speech broadcast."

From which you could draw the equally pointless conclusion that most facebook users are republicans.
Posted by mishminx over 8 years ago
Clearly not that social as they all ditched MSN on Boxing day in favour of pricing up their pressies on Argos and selling em off on eBay.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
^^ LOL agreed mishminx, that or people were using their 10 quid vouchers that had been given as gifts when people spent 50 or 100 quid (which ever it was) it Argos this year.

Amazon and Itunes again voucher shoppers and ebay to flog the junk, no doubt bebo and facbook were the 13 year olds bee hatching to their mates how naff their gifts were LOL
Posted by uniquename over 8 years ago
I like this bit in the quote:- "with more logging onto the shopping sties".

Are Plusnet customers pigs?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"Are Plusnet customers pigs?"

Nah but someone with 100 quids worth of Itunes vouchers probably blew away what little monthly allowance they had for December... Maybe they only had a tight fisted aunt that got them £5 worth.
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