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How Well You Tweet? November 22, 2009

Posted by simarprit in : Twitter , 2comments

With the growing reach of Twitter, there is also an increasing desire to know how good I am when it comes to tweeting, at least with me it is. This desire has led me to explore many new websites being launched to cater to this segment of twitterverse. I can’t cover all, but here I briefly review three of them which I visit at least once in a month.

TW – Analyst – Looks like this is amongst the early movers. The site analyzes your tweets on the basis of writing and on the basis of frequency of your tweets. Simple, no-nonsense one page analysis approach is followed. The site is focused on sharing its judgement about your tweeting. For me it says – Your tweeting is already tip-top! No improvements needed – but check back here every so often to make sure your reputation is being maintained! But it was not always like this, there were suggestions and tips which lead me to incorporate them in my style of tweeting and bingo my report card starting improving.

Twitter Friends -  Based on the basic logic behind TW Analyst – Twitter Friends adds lots of bells and whistles to make you spend more time and gives you more reasons to come back. It allows you ego boosters like comparing you with followers or the ones you are following or just about with anyone else. It has interesting graphs which tell you how selfish, greedy or sharing you are when it comes to tweeting, of course they use more diplomatic words to make statements like that. Twitter Friends has also influenced my style of tweeting I realized that when it came to replying to others or doing RTs I was selfish, not anymore!

Klout – Klout is by professional in its outlook and development. It looks most focused towards founders making money by an early exit. Interesting UI, beautiful graphs and charts and a revisit value, Klout has it all. Klout doesn’t focus on tips and tricks of Tweeting it simply works on how good you are what is your overall clout when it comes to comparing it within your circle and the twitterverse in general. Klout is not yet a self-improvement tool on tweeting, it is what it says and encourages you to move towards the right extreme corner of the graph.

Christmas Rings a Bell November 12, 2009

Posted by simarprit in : Christmas , add a comment

As Thanksgiving Day comes closer, my mind starts looking at what all is happening this year on Christmas and Holidays. I thought my Christmas “fixation”(if I may say so) would end as Compare no longer owns one of the first Christmas Sites in the world Christmas Carnivals – I don’t see it happening. My interest and my involvement remains.

I revisited ChristmasCarnivals.com yesterday and I was thrilled to see the new getup of the site, it looks different and also the integration with Twitter part of it, @ChristmasC has become the largest Christmas Brand on Twitter, started much ahead of its time the Twitter account promises to offer goodies to one and all.

I would love to hear your ideas about what all we should do in Christmas Carnivals to make it  more useful to all age groups and all geographies (Yes, we still maintain Christmas Carnivals)

Twenty Most Useful Indian Sites November 5, 2009

Posted by simarprit in : Uncategorized , 18comments

Total of 30 parameters and close to about 200 hours of my personal involvement has resulted in one list:

Here is “The Authoritative List of India’s Twenty Most Useful Websites”

The list with one parameter and Useful Ranking is being made public with this post. The complete study/report can be shared with anyone at a nominal cost of  $25,000.00.  Number of sites studied for this report are over 2000.

Your comments and specific questions would be welcome.

Important:

  1. Mapsofindia.com which made to this list is owned by Compare Infobase Limited
  2. IndiaMart.com & ClickIndia.com are founded/co-founded by Dinesh Agarwal, I know Dinesh
  3. MakeMyTrip.com founder is Deep Kalra who chairs NASSCOM SIG on Internet of which I am also a member
  4. I have considered only those websites which are Indian in origin and deed
  5. We had a tie between BigAdda and Ibibo – we included Ibibo
Website Google PR Google PR Rank Useful Rank
Rediff.com 7 3 1
IRCTC.co.in 8 1 2
Indiatimes.com 7 3 3
BSNL.in 8 1 4
Naukri.com 7 3 5
Cricinfo.com 7 3 6
BharatStudent.com 7 3 7
NDTV.com 7 3 8
MapsofIndia.com 7 3 9
IndiaMart.com 6 10 10
HDFCbank.com 6 10 11
BookMyShow.com 6 10 12
Magicbricks.com 6 10 13
Sulekha.com 5 15 14
ibibo.com 5 15 15
Shaadi.com 5 15 16
Clickindia.com 5 15 17
ICICIdirect.com 5 15 18
Makemytrip.com 5 15 19
Redbus.in 6 10 20

Do post a comment, it is important to us:

Top Indian Sites in India October 2, 2009

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I married my perception to data and drew the following conclusions.

Simar’s Top 20  Indian Sites in India – Most Popular Site in Each Category

  1. All in One – Rediff.com
  2. Travel – IRCTC.co.in
  3. Jobs – Naukri.com
  4. Sports – Cricinfo.com
  5. Classifieds – Sulekha.com
  6. Maps – MapsofIndia.com
  7. Banks – HDFCbank.com
  8. Social Networking – Ibibo.com
  9. Matrimonial – Shaadi.com
  10. News – NDTV.com
  11. Education – BharatStudent.com
  12. Adult – Debonairblog.com
  13. General Entertainment – SantaBanta.com
  14. Telecom – BSNL.in
  15. Stocks – ICICIdirect.com
  16. Business Directory – IndiaMart.com
  17. Shopping – Shopping.Indiatimes.com
  18. Movies – BookMyShow.com
  19. Automobiles – Carwale.com
  20. Real Estate – Magicbricks.com

I am planning to work more on this post and would love to make it a benchmark of Best Indian Sites in India. I would love to take the number of categories to 50. Please suggest.

Indian Websites – Most Popular in the USA May 24, 2008

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For the November 2009 update – go here – November 2009

For the October 2009 update  – go here http://uurl.in/5OvvT

Important: This post was first written by me on May 24, 2008. It has been periodically updated ever since. For latest popularity positioning please look at the last table which has current data as on Feb 17,  2009.

Search leads to research, a term I had heard first from my late mother motivated me in drilling down on this topic. I was searching for available data on Indian websites and their usage in United States of America, three days and several sites later I concluded that the data in ready form may not be available at all, and If it is available then it is definitely not in public domain. I requested my colleague Ajith to help me out as we got going to do a serious research.

The following criteria was defined:

  1. The domain name should be owned by (whois.sc) an Indian entity.
  2. The site must have significant Indian viewership and also have significant US viewership.
  3. The site’s information should be available in http://www.Alexa.com, http://www.Compete.com and  http://www.Quantcast.com
  4. All sites meeting the above criteria but having significant for adults only content were excluded from the study.
  5. A first level list of 1000 websites was made, the list was culled out from information available across different ranking and listing sites.
  6. Final list is a sorting on the basis of the sites ranking on Quantcast.com
  7. Disclaimer: This is a personal not for profit research study
Rank Top 50 Indian websites in the US Quantcast Rank
1 mapsofworld.com 2991
2 rediff.com 3548
3 indiatimes.com 4940
4 shaadi.com 5805
5 sulekha.com 6399
6 sify.com 7889
7 hindu.com 8944
8 cricinfo.com 9307
9 tribuneindia.com 11744
10 indiamart.com 12384
11 dgreetings.com 14230
12 makemytrip.com 15778
13 bollywoodsargam.com 15888
14 mapsofindia.com 23482
15 raaga.com 23981
16 mydearvalentine.com 29783
17 tradeindia.com 37872
18 ndtv.com 46156
19 ibibo.com 47390
20 indiaglitz.com 50871
21 hindustantimes.com 55316
22 ibnlive.com 55342
23 craftsinindia.com 61841
24 expressindia.com 75032
25 masalatalk.com 78502
26 naukri.com 79506
27 yatra.com 89997
28 bharatmatrimony.com 96028
29 guruji.com 100724
30 jeevansathi.com 101623
31 bharatstudent.com 107902
32 naukrihub.com 118046
33 icicibank.com 144872
34 zapak.com 148040
35 99acres.com 154195
36 bseindia.com 155620
37 indiaedu.com 165345
38 india-crafts.com 175757
39 rediffmail.com 184683
40 bestindiansites.com 191226
41 headlinesindia.com 215907
42 iplt20.com 293696
43 timesjobs.com 300006
44 cricketnext.com 339053
45 indiahandicraftstore.com 397696
46 magicbricks.com 471388
47 carwale.com 477278
48 automobileindia.com 506871
49 pagalguy.com 536631
50 indiahousing.com 622239

A/NIf there is any site which is not included in te above research, please post a comment.

July 4, 2008

Updated List

Top Indian Sites in US
Rank Top 50 Indian websites in US Quantcast Rank
1 rediff.com 1665
2 indiatimes.com 2265
3 mapsofworld.com 2577
4 bollywoodsargam.com 3355
5 indiamart.com 5266
6 cricinfo.com 5442
7 sify.com 5626
8 hindu.com 5644
9 shaadi.com 6036
10 sulekha.com 6550
11 tribuneindia.com 7278
12 hindustantimes.com 8354
13 dgreetings.com 9970
14 tradeindia.com 10192
15 makemytrip.com 10618
16 raaga.com 11629
17 bharatmatrimony.com 12539
18 ndtv.com 13064
19 guruji.com 16244
20 ibnlive.com 16521
21 mapsofindia.com 16893
22 samachar.com 17061
23 icicibank.com 17074
24 mydearvalentine.com 17546
25 zapak.com 18391
26 jeevansathi.com 20525
27 expressindia.com 20906
28 bharatstudent.com 26098
29 naukri.com 26257
30 rediffmail.com 30228
31 indiaglitz.com 31523
32 airindia.com 34084
33 bseindia.com 34150
34 99acres.com 36430
35 timesjobs.com 42667
36 carwale.com 43478
37 craftsinindia.com 43724
38 cricketnext.com 58027
39 pagalguy.com 76295
40 magicbricks.com 86260
41 naukrihub.com 97314
42 indiaedu.com 100359
43 yatra.com 134161
44 bestindiansites.com 242184
45 india-crafts.com 244070
46 timesofindia.com 252386
47 indiahousing.com 268694
48 headlinesindia.com 325763
49 automobileindia.com 375809
50 indiahandicraftstore.com 1221133

It has been few months so we thought we will revisit and see what has happened.

My colleague at Compare, Shrina helped me in getting data in place.

It made me feel good that our website http://www.mapsofworld.comemerged as No 1, I was expecting as much. Mani, Ushaand all of their team members get the credit for exemplary performance of the website.

So here we go, the data is current as on October 7, 2008.

Top Indian Sites in US
Rank Top 50 Indian websites in US Quantcast Rank 10/7
1 mapsofworld.com 1523
2 bollywoodsargam.com 1680
3 rediff.com 1854
4 indiatimes.com 2132
5 sify.com 4617
6 sulekha.com 5433
7 hindustantimes.com 5521
8 cricinfo.com 5689
9 indiamart.com 5714
10 hindu.com 6527
11 shaadi.com 7306
12 dgreetings.com 8868
13 tribuneindia.com 9577
14 ndtv.com 10,126
15 bharatmatrimony.com 10,141
16 icicibank.com 11,078
17 guruji.com 11,169
18 tradeindia.com 12,577
19 ibnlive.com 13,442
20 mapsofindia.com 14,180
21 bharatstudent.com 14,194
22 airindia.com 14,413
23 makemytrip.com 14,445
24 naukri.com 14,687
25 raaga.com 15,320
26 expressindia.com 17,652
27 samachar.com 18,200
28 rediffmail.com 22,954
29 zapak.com 23,425
30 jeevansathi.com 31,519
31 indiaglitz.com 32,884
32 cricketnext.com 35,646
33 bseindia.com 40,818
34 timesofindia.com 51,020
35 pagalguy.com 61,892
36 timesjobs.com 71,244
37 naukrihub.com 74,162
38 99acres.com 79,378
39 carwale.com 91,562
40 magicbricks.com 95,773
41 mydearvalentine.com 1,02,765
42 craftsinindia.com 1,06,258
43 indiaedu.com 1,18,027
44 yatra.com 1,35,579
45 bestindiansites.com 1,42,639
46 headlinesindia.com 1,57,244
47 india-crafts.com 1,68,161
48 automobileindia.com 2,10,659
49 indiahousing.com 2,46,086
50 indiahandicraftstore.com 5,43,627

The List updated as on November 14, 2008

Rank Top 50 Indian websites in the US Quantcast Rank
1 rediff.com 1435
2 mapsofworld.com 1556
3 indiatimes.com 1734
4 bollywoodsargam.com 2511
5 sify.com 3943
6 hindu.com 4977
7 bharatmatrimony.com 5944
8 sulekha.com 5997
9 indiamart.com 6994
10 cricinfo.com 7235
11 hindustantimes.com 7693
12 dgreetings.com 7708
13 mydearvalentine.com 8317
14 shaadi.com 8451
15 ndtv.com 8637
16 tribuneindia.com 9360
17 guruji.com 11214
18 expressindia.com 11641
19 zapak.com 12532
20 tradeindia.com 12689
21 mapsofindia.com 13584
22 raaga.com 14470
23 makemytrip.com 14747
24 icicibank.com 17643
25 naukri.com 17946
26 samachar.com 18070
27 bharatstudent.com 18370
28 bseindia.com 24241
29 ibnlive.com 24913
30 timesjobs.com 27470
31 jeevansathi.com 30327
32 rediffmail.com 34192
33 indiaglitz.com 37763
34 craftsinindia.com 46087
35 ibibo.com 47390
36 cricketnext.com 62053
37 naukrihub.com 67868
38 carwale.com 78257
39 masalatalk.com 78502
40 yatra.com 97696
41 headlinesindia.com 102546
42 indiaedu.com 106026
43 bestindiansites.com 135192
44 99acres.com 168962
45 magicbricks.com 179686
46 india-crafts.com 212994
47 automobileindia.com 217158
48 pagalguy.com 249653
49 indiahandicraftstore.com 358076
50 indiahousing.com 622239

Here we go again – Jan 22, 2009…

All sites which are in bold are either owned (fully or partially) or managed by Compare Infobase Limited.

Top Indian Sites in US
Rank Top 50 Indian websites in US Quantcast Rank 12/22 Quantcast Rank 1/21
1 rediff.com 1496 1,274
2 bollywoodsargam.com 2311 1,832
3 mapsofworld.com 1810 1,947
4 indiatimes.com 1517 1,995
5 hindu.com 4721 4,721
6 sify.com 5329 6,047
7 sulekha.com 7258 6,369
8 hindustantimes.com 8448 7,034
9 cricinfo.com 6478 7,277
10 mydearvalentine.com 7,280 7,509
11 indiamart.com 7018 7,535
12 dgreetings.com 5872 7,697
13 shaadi.com 9193 8,780
14 guruji.com 9318 9,871
15 ndtv.com 8634 10,116
16 tradeindia.com 14,719 10,470
17 tribuneindia.com 12,020 11,452
18 bharatmatrimony.com 8239 11,934
19 bharatstudent.com 15,185 12,579
20 expressindia.com 12,218 13,364
21 mapsofindia.com 10,767 13,806
22 webindia123.com 11,017 14,695
23 icicibank.com 19,347 15,425
24 makemytrip.com 15,249 16,024
25 raaga.com 25,599 17,541
26 samachar.com 18,517 18,297
27 timesofindia.com 43,798 22,315
28 jeevansathi.com 41,526 35,677
29 rediffmail.com 45,919 36,293
30 indya.com 33,662 41,797
31 naukri.com 32,582 43,516
32 zapak.com 29,488 46,392
33 123india.com 77,969 48,328
34 indiainfo.com 35,327 48,357
35 bseindia.com 38,518 51,958
36 indiahousing.com 58,930 55,421
37 craftsinindia.com 53,724 67,034
38 99acres.com 92,624 68,347
39 naukrihub.com 74,362 70,002
40 ibnlive.com 97,506 70,275
41 pagalguy.com 1,40,021 71,319
42 timesjobs.com 42,147 72,227
43 indiaglitz.com 70,961 74,092
44 liveindia.com 39,822 80,899
45 carwale.com not enough data 84,086
46 yatra.com 80,883 87,177
47 indiaedu.com 1,08,940 92,264
48 headlinesindia.com 62,822 1,15,180
49 bestindiansites.com 1,63,644 1,44,815
50 magicbricks.com 2,23,214 1,60,059

As we keep on moving ahead we add new sites on the way. This list is now the most researched primary source of Indian site usage in the United States of America

So here we go Feb 17/ 2009

Rank Top 50 Indian websites in US Quantcast Rank 2/16
1 bollywoodsargam.com 1533
2 mapsofworld.com 1549
3 rediff.com 1657
4 indiatimes.com 2269
5 mydearvalentine.com 2890
6 hindu.com 4179
7 sulekha.com 5398
8 sify.com 5547
9 ibibo.com 6128
10 hindustantimes.com 6892
11 chakpak.com 6923
12 indiamart.com 7536
13 apunkachoice.com 8150
14 dgreetings.com 8360
15 cricinfo.com 8514
16 guruji.com 9455
17 tradeindia.com 9506
18 bharatstudent.com 10086
19 bharatmatrimony.com 10131
20 shaadi.com 10539
21 ndtv.com 10598
22 tribuneindia.com 12478
23 expressindia.com 13220
24 webindia123.com 14337
25 mapsofindia.com 14523
26 raaga.com 18177
27 bollywoodhungama.com 20146
28 samachar.com 20335
29 in.com 20601
30 indya.com 20703
31 makemytrip.com 22149
32 jeevansathi.com 29018
33 zapak.com 29918
34 icicibank.com 31429
35 naukri.com 32441
36 99acres.com 32828
37 indiainfo.com 41226
38 rediffmail.com 44292
39 bseindia.com 46250
40 liveindia.com 60621
41 carwale.com 61269
42 indiaglitz.com 61402
43 timesofindia.com 65188
44 timesjobs.com 66729
45 naukrihub.com 69087
46 indiahousing.com 70330
47 craftsinindia.com 72185
48 headlinesindia.com 88270
49 yatra.com 92781
50 indiaedu.com 100378

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to come…