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Internet Usage Grows Significantly Over Past Year

Media Metrix reported Tuesday Internet usage climbed dramatically over the past year, as the total number of Web site visitors, pages viewed and number of hours spent online all increased.

The number of individuals who used the Internet at home and the office grew to 61.9 million at the end of May compared to 53.9 million at the end of May 1998. The firm said the number of pages viewed also increased to 37.4 pages a day, up from 30.2 pages a year ago.

Unique pages per visitor also grew to 455 a month from 308 in 1998 and total number of Web pages viewed increased 70 percent to more than 28 billion in May compared to a year ago.

Internet users logged on at least once on 12.2 days in May compared to 10.2 days a year earlier. Individuals logged an average of 7.6 hours a month in May, up from 5.3 hours in 1998.

Below are more results from the report: Top 50 Digital Media Web Sites and Properties of May 1999

Here are the Top 50 Digital Media Web sites and properties for the month of April 1999 ranked by unique audience according to Media Metrix. These rankings include home and work access.

Top 50 Sites and Properties of April 1999.

Rank Digital Media/Web Property Unique Visitors
1 AOL Network 46,243
2 Microsoft Sites 32,389
3 Yahoo Sites 31,299
4 Lycos 29,963
5 Go Network 20,864
6 GeoCities 19,965
7 The Excite Network 17,192
8 Time Warner Online 13,106
9 Amazon 10,831
10 Alta Vista 10,633
11 Blue Mountain Arts 10,089
12 RealSite Portfolio 9,114
13 Xoom.com Sites 8,958
14 Snap Sites 8,872
15 Go2Net Network 8,484
16 eBay 8,262
17 CNET 8,202
18 Broadcast.Com 7,879
19 ZDNet 7,770
20 Juno 7,292
21 LookSmart 7,127
22 Infospace Impressions 6,824
23 AT&T Web Sites 6,301