Thursday, August 19, 2010

Web surfers are lazy and stupid

Judging from the July search data from Experian Hitwise, web surfers are a lazy bunch. And stupid too.
The top 10 search terms for the month of July are all frequently visited websites that Internet users could easily bookmark on their browsers.
Facebook accounts for four of the top 10 search terms – Facebook, Facebook login, Facebook.com and www.facebook.com, according to Hitwise.
That last one floors me. Why search for www.facebook.com, when the search result is going to be www.facebook.com?
Most likely people are mistakenly typing that into a search query box on their browser instead of the address bar.
But still, it’s the No. 9 most-searched-for phrase. So a lot of people are making the same mistake. That’s sad.
As for the other search terms, in most cases, all people have to do to get to those websites would be to type .com after the name in the URL address bar. How hard is that to do?
Other top search terms include YouTube, Craigslist, MySpace, eBay, Yahoo and Mapquest.
Searches for Facebook accounted for at least 3.7% of all Internet searches in the last four weeks, Hitwise reports.

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