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  • Bulletin Board/Chat Services Top List of Web Page Access Times
  • February 8, 1999 (TOKYO) — A recent Web page access survey showed Web users spend a considerable time communicating via bulletin boards or chat spaces in addition to browsing Web pages.
    The Internet Access Rating Center of Nikkei Business Publications Inc. researched access behavior of Web users by installing special software on monitors’ PCs. A trial survey was conducted for three months (November 1998 through January 1999). This result the summary of December data.

    The survey calculated access time by the Web page for a month for each monitor user, and totaled the time of all monitor users by the Web page. There were 30 Web pages with more than 200 minutes of access time.

    A breakdown of the 30 pages showed that bulletin boards and chat rooms had nine pages together, representing 24.0 percent of total access time of these 30 pages.

    But the number of people accessing bulletin board and chat room pages are less than 10 percent of monitors. Only a few heavy users had long access times for these pages.

    The second most accessed pages were search engines. Among the top 30 pages were five search pages such as “Yahoo,” “Goo” or “Infoseek.” These pages accounted for 17.9 percent of the total access time for 30 pages.

    The highest rated domain name that was accessed at least once in the month of December 1998 was “yahoo.co.jp,” with 72 percent of the monitor users. The second highest was “biglobe.ne.jp,” with 57.8 percent. The third was “microsoft.com,” with 51.4 percent. Provider domains had high ratings.

    The survey conducted this time, however, may not reflect Web users’ trends as a whole, because monitor PCs were limited to Windows 95/98 or Windows NT machines, and monitor users were publicly recruited.


    Table: Top 30 domains that were accessed at least once a month

    Domain name

    Rate(%)

    Domain name

    Rate(%)

    yahoo.co.jp

    72.0%

    justnet.ne.jp

    35.3%

    biglobe.ne.jp

    57.8%

    impress.co.jp

    32.5%

    microsoft.com

    51.4%

    infoseek.co.jp

    32.5%

    nifty.ne.jp

    48.9%

    bekkoame.or.jp

    31.3%

    nikkeibp.co.jp

    46.2%

    asahi-net.or.jp

    31.0%

    dti.ne.jp

    45.6%

    cplaza.ne.jp

    31.0%

    mbn.or.jp

    41.3%

    recruit.co.jp

    30.4%

    geocities.co.jp

    40.4%

    bekkoame.ne.jp

    27.7%

    so-net.ne.jp

    40.1%

    meshnet.or.jp

    27.4%

    infoweb.ne.jp

    40.1%

    netscape.com

    25.8%

    hi-ho.ne.jp

    39.5%

    so-net.or.jp

    25.2%

    ntt.co.jp

    38.0%

    tegami.com

    24.6%

    rim.or.jp

    36.5%

    vector.co.jp

    23.1%

    goo.ne.jp

    35.9%

    ibm.co.jp

    22.8%

    msn.com

    35.3%

    geocities.com

    22.2%





    Method of survey: Monitor users were 550 Web users. Survey period was November 1998 through January 1999. The results this time were a summary of December data.

    Monitor users were selected from Web users by accepting applications on the home page in such a way that attributes of the volunteers reflected those of Web users in Japan.

    “InfoGather” software developed by NTT Software Laboratories was installed on each monitor’s PC. This software logged the access time of each Web page visited. This access log data was sent to the server prepared by NTT Advanced Technology Corp. and calculated. One of the objectives for the survey was to establish rules of summarizing.

    Related story: Most Japanese Internet Users Only Glance at Web Pages

    (Nikkei Market Access)



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