As the year 2016 is almost coming to a close and 19% of the Ugandan estimated 40 million+ population spends much of their time on-line, that is about 11,924,927 users (according to UCC & Internet World Stats). Many are curious to know what are the most visited or viewed websites by most Ugandans this year.
Top Visited Websites in Uganda as according to UCC and Internet World Stats
Google is now known by almost everyone now because of the mass popularity of its search engine. If you need to know anything, most people will simply point you to ask Google for the most appropriate answer or assistance.
Google search and a variety of other Google apps like maps, Google plus that especially come with the browser or android phones bring you no surprise that Google takes the top spot.
Another Google product for watching and sharing videos, Google bought Youtube in October, 2016 for $1.65 billion. Today an estimated 1.3 billion people use the video service, 300 hours of video are uploaded to every minute and almost 5 billion videos are watched every single day!
Yahoo may have fallen as a tech giant but it was once the biggest mail and search giant in the world. With its then famous Yahoo search and Yahoo mail, many Ugandans opened emails then and still use them till date.
Yahoo however was just bought by Verizon in July, 2016 for 4.83 billion after reporting several losses.
Facebook is the largest social network in the world with more than 1 billion users and still growing, Facebook owns Whatsapp since 2014, both of these are the most used social networks in Uganda.
This is the localized URL version of the Google.com website that automatically opens when you head to Google.
Wikipedia is an on-line non-profit encyclopedia launched on January 15th, 2001 to promote free and open access to information all over the world through the Internet that would rather be hard to find or would be paid for in a library or by buying some books.
It leverages use of information that is put together, contributed and edited by several open source contributors around the world. Lately, it is having a few internal issues but it is still the most looked up to for “correct” authoritative information and research in Uganda on-line.
Ask.com is older than even Wikipedia and Google, it is or was a web search engine turned Q&A community formed to offer answers to most asked questions by people from the best experts in the field or people knowledgeable about the topic at the time. We are curious to know some of the questions Ugandans search for there.
Twitter might just be the second most popular web based social network in the world and Uganda. It is still small with an estimated less than 3% Ugandan users but ever growing especially among the corporate, youth and elites.
The official website for the Nation Media’s biggest newspaper in Uganda, The Daily Monitor. They were known to reveal the most inciting news yet very true, today we aren’t so sure but clearly the Ugandan population still thinks so as it is the most viewed local website.
BBC is the home to the world renown and famous BBC News Franchise which has cut across from radio to television, they are greatly trusted and very much sought to keep updated on world news updates. The bbc.co.uk version reports more than 70 million visitors a week.
Others worth mentioning are:
Are you interested in only in the top local Ugandan websites? You can check out our list on Top 10 Ugandan Websites 2016!
Lawk is a mozillian, writes for Spur, Newslibre and consults part time for Every1Mobile and Innovware.
He loves open source, the open web, writing, reading and developing literacy tools that can teach the youth around the world especially in East Africa.