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2011's Top Ten Mobile Websites viewed on Opera Mini

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2011's Top Ten Mobile Websites viewed on Opera Mini
The ball has fallen in Times Square and around the world, everyone is celebrating the arrival of 2012. But that doesn't mean we can't take a look back at the year just past to put 2011 in perspective. And that, of course, means breaking out "Top Ten" lists from 2011. Opera Software is the producer of one of the most popular mobile browsers, Opera Mini. And the company has compiled a list of the ten most visited sites by users of the browser. The company claims 144 million users of Opera Mini and notes that sites featuring user-created content like Wikipedia were among those showing the biggest increase in unique visitors last year. Social and video sites also did very well in 2011. And with that in mind, here is the Top Ten Mobile Websites viewed last year on Opera Mini.

Number ten, up 2 places from last year is Twitter.com. Anybody who is anybody has a number of followers just waiting for the latest tweet. Down 2 places from 2010's list is Yahoo.com at number 9 followed by My.Opera.com at number 8. The 7th most viewed mobile website last year on Opera Mini was everyone's favorite internet encyclopedia, Wikipedia.org. Used by everyone from students to businessmen alike, the site is one of the top user-created content sites on the internet and shot up from number 11 last year. Yandex.ru, a Russian search engine site, comes in at number 6.

The second half of the Top Ten begins with Odnoklassniki.ru, a Russian social networking site that allows old friends and classmates in Russia and the former Soviet Republics, get together to re-unite. Down a spot from last year, at number 4 is Vkontakte.ru. This is a Russian social networking site with 90 million registered users and averages over 2.5 billion daily pageviews and 21m visitors daily. Last year's 4th most visited site on Opera Mini is now number 3. That spot belongs to video site YouTube.com. An oddity when the site was included on the first-gen Apple iPhone, now just about every smartphone released has a YouTube client or a button that re-directs a phone to the mobile version of the site. Number two is Facebook.com. With a recent update of the Android app allowing green robot users to match the iOS app, Facebook.com is THE social networking site around the world with more than 800 million active users as of this summer.

And now, drum roll please...the number one mobile site visited by Opera Mini users in 2011 is Google.com. The search engine also has the advantage of being the default site that millions of Android users automatically get sent to when opening their browser (unless they change it, of course).

And there is the Top Ten mobile websites visited by Opera Minbi users last year. What will be the new trends for 2012? You will just have to hold on for 365 days when Opera Software releases this year's new list.

source: Opera

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posted on 01 Jan 2012, 14:59 2

1. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 286; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


anyone noticing a pattern? i'd like to see a map with little dots showing me the user base of Opera mini... because if opera's top ten include half russian sites i think maybe that's not the most amazing global estimate. . .

p.s. dolphin mini ftw.

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 15:13

3. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Opera browsers (both Mobile and Desktop) are traditionally very popular in slavic countries (especially east slavic) for some reason...

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 15:33 1

4. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 243; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


It is a Norwegian software, makes sense i believe

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 17:46

5. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 286; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


if it's norwegian i like it.

must get now.

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 19:40 1

9. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Norwegians are not slavic though :)

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 20:35

10. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 243; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


but they are neighbors :)
they have more than 700 employees, so imagine those 700 people walking around and marketing using "word of mouth" channel...it starts from a dot, and it becomes a big circle soon
that's what i think

PS: I found good statistics, it shows many people using Opera in Norway, one of the highest Opera traffic in the world, i guess this proves my theory :)

http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-NO-monthly-201012-201112

PSS: holy hell, more Slovak people are using Opera than Norwegian people! and in Russia it is even more than IE!

http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-SK-monthly-201012-201112

http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-RU-monthly-201012-201112

In Belarus more than 50%:
http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-BY-monthly-201012-201112
my theory fails...lol!

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 15:07

2. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 243; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


I have always used Opera on my desktop; it is one of the most underrated softwares I've seen...it is fast, has Opera Unity, super easy once you get used to it and not a memory hog
now that i read my comment, i see it has nothing to do with the topic :\

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 17:47

6. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 286; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


lol nah i think its pretty relevant. :) i'm a bit of a google-whore so i use chrome but i'm definetly going to look into opera mini now thank you!!

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 17:49

7. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 286; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


oh and while we're on the topic. what's the difference between opera mini and opera mobile or Verizon opera mini?

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 20:45

11. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 243; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


Found a useful article for you:

http://my.opera.com/operamobile/blog/2009/12/03/difference-between-opera-mobile-10-and-opera-mini-5

to summarize, Opera Mini would render the page on the server, compress it and then download it to your phone, while Opera Mobile would do the rendering on the phone itself, which requires more resource; and that should explain why Opera mini is usually used on the lower end phones

and about Verizon Opera, I believe it is just used for marketing:
http://www.opera.com/press/releases/2011/03/31/

btw, if you have an Andriod, you will be using Opera Mobile

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 17:53 2

8. MoonlitTear (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Jun 2008)


I switch to Opera as my default browser about five months ago. I love it. FYI. I'm American too. :)

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 21:20 1

12. 8mileroad (Posts: 7; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


Shocked that there's no porn in there.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 03:38

14. Stuntman (Posts: 669; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


You need a better browser for those sites. So I've heard.

posted on 02 Jan 2012, 03:29

13. Stuntman (Posts: 669; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I primarily use Opera Mini on my phone. However, Opera has difficulty with certain web sites and services I use. For instance, neither Opera Mini nor Opera Mobile can handle sites that use Disqus properly. I cannot enter comments with any Opera browser for mobile devices. I have to use either Dolphin HD or the stock Android browser for these sites.

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