UK vs CR web preferences

An idea of making a comparison of the most visited sites in the United Kingdom and in the Czech Republic entered my head. So I went to the Alexa and the results were as follows:
UK: 1. Google.uk 2. Facebook 3. Google.com 4. YouTube 5. BBC 6. Yahoo! 7. eBay 8. Windows Live 9. Wikipedia 10. Twitter 11. Amazon 12. Blogger 13. LinkedIn 14. MSN 15. PayPal 16. Daily Mail 17. WordPress 18. Guardian 19. Bing 20. Flickr
CR: 1. Seznam 2. Facebook 3. Google.cz 4. Google.com 5. YouTube 6. Novinky 7. iDnes 8. szn 9. Centrum 10. Super 11. Wikipedia 12. Aukro 13. Stream 14. FreeVideo 15. Lidé 16. Email 17. Seznam zboží 18. Sport 19. Firmy 20. Yahoo!

Now, where does this get us? First, let’s not be troubled by search engines, email clients and sites which are “a bit of everything”: Google, Yahoo!, Windows Live, MSN, Bing, Seznam and Centrum, and make shorter lists of

UK: 2. Facebook 4. YouTube 5. BBC 7. eBay 9. Wikipedia 10. Twitter
11. Amazon 12. Blogger 13. LinkedIn 15. PayPal 16. Daily Mail 17. WordPress 18. Guardian 20. Flickr
CR: 2. Facebook 5. YouTube 6. Novinky 7. iDnes 10. Super
11. Wikipedia 12. Aukro 13. Stream 14. FreeVideo 15. Lidé 17. Seznam zboží 18. Sport 19. Firmy

We see that as regards news and general information, in the UK it’s BBC, Wikipedia, Daily Mail & Guardian, while in the CR it’s Novinky, iDnes, Super, Wikipedia & Sport. At first glance, Czechs are more interested in news; at second glance we see that while both lists feature two ‘quality’ news sites (BBC & Guardian vs Novinky & iDnes) and Wiki is at about the same position, Czechs have two ‘tabloids’ and one sports news site to UK’s Daily Mail. Not such a big deal.

Okay, let’s cross off those. We get

UK: 2. Facebook 4. YouTube 7. eBay 10. Twitter 11. Amazon 12. Blogger 13. LinkedIn 15. PayPal 17. WordPress 20. Flickr
CR: 2. Facebook 5. YouTube 12. Aukro 13. Stream.cz 14. FreeVideo 15. Lidé 17. Seznam zboží 19. Firmy

What about money? Apparently, Czechs don’t much trust ‘global’ sites like eBay and Amazon and prefer local variations Aukro and Seznam zboží. Interestingly, PayPal has no counterpart in the Czech top twenty; and while the UK list features LinkedIn, which is abour workers, the CR one features ‘Firms’. Let’s cross out all these and what’s left is

UK: 2. Facebook 4. YouTube 10. Twitter 12. Blogger 17. WordPress 20. Flickr
CR: 2. Facebook 5. YouTube 13. Stream 14. FreeVideo 15. Lidé

And here’s a mighty difference. Except for Facebook and YouTube, categories of its own, UK has (including Twitter) three blogging sites and a photo-site, while the CR has instead two streaming sites (one of them, Free Video, presenting itself as ‘ the biggest erotic site in Czech Republic’) and Lidé: primarily chatrooms and a dating agency.

All in all, in my opinion the UK came out from this comparison distinctly better.

 

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