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PlusNet users are very social

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
4th Amazon Amazon
5th iTunes eBay
6th YouTube YouTube
7th eBay iTunes
8th MSN Argos
9th Bebo Bebo
10th Microsoft

Other popular sites include and the Met Office.


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

  • shaneosborne
  • over 12 years ago

i see ebay jumped up on boxing day. How many christmas presents are now up for sale :)

  • TLMC
  • over 12 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?

  • citizenx
  • over 12 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).


  • ianwild
  • over 12 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!

  • igenetix
  • over 12 years ago

What is the exact data you are looking at to work this out Ian? Is it DNS requests or something else?

  • citizenx
  • over 12 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.

  • carrot63
  • over 12 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.

  • mishminx
  • over 12 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

  • over 12 years ago

I like this bit in the quote:- "with more logging onto the shopping sties".

Are Plusnet customers pigs?

  • uniquename
  • over 12 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.

  • over 12 years ago

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