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Nosy Nation: News, Colleges Dominate Top Zim Websites

Harare – Online news sites continue to dominate website rankings in Zimbabwe, according to website tracker – Alexa. With the cost of print...

Harare – Online news sites continue to dominate website rankings in Zimbabwe, according to website tracker – Alexa.

With the cost of print editions becoming more costly, online bulletins are now a cheaper alternative for trending updates, though Internet penetration still remains low.

By @Comic24Derick 

Half of the 14 million citizens lack Internet access, even though 94 percent of the population own smartphones.

The proliferation of ‘fake news sites’ has not deterred Zimbabweans to surf substitute newscast sources, as the traditional locations continue to face stiffer competition in readership and dwindling advertising revenues., a breaking news site providing sensational updates on Zimbabwe, occupies position four, ranking as the foremost bulletin provider.

The state run daily, the Herald takes number 9, with 3,15 daily pages viewed per visitor. Though some sections scorn the spreadsheet for allegedly churning propaganda, it still maintains its approval as a source of information.

At number 11 is NewsDay, with 200 sites linking in. The daily is part of the Alpha Media newspaper stable held by media magnate, Trevor Ncube. The Independent, Standard and Mail and Guardian in South Africa complete the publications lineup. 
Top Zimbabwe Websites Dominated by News and Education
News propagating site, iHarare pegged at number 14, recently lost its Facebook page due to unknown excesses, losing 500 000 followers in the process. Viewers have quizzed its authenticity, prompting its anonymous publisher to guarantee its loyal readers. It has however started rebuilding its support base in earnest.

The Chronicle – a Herald sister publication circulated in Bulawayo, the Daily News, Nehanda Radio domiciled in the United Kingdom, and New Zimbabwe follow in hot pursuit.

Despite the prevalent economic watershed, education still dominates the national landscape.

The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) website is placed in the eighth position, offering course details, staff and student directory. UZ is the oldest tertiary institution in the country, was established before independence.

Midlands State University (MSU) based in Gweru is at a respectable 22nd slot, with 15,3 percent traffic from search engines. University of Science and Technology (NUST) is on spot 34, becoming the third site from Bulawayo within the top 50.

Online shopping is attracting Zimbabwean buyers by storm. Beforward, a platform for pre-owned cars leads the lineup for online shops at number 19, followed by Amazon, owners of Alexa and Alibaba complete the listing.

Search engine, Google occupies the pole spot. – a local version of the Internet search engine, also available in local vernacular – Shona, is lodged in 3rd place.

Internet savvy users are utilising Youtube slotted at number 2 to submit videos with ratings, comments, contests and monetisation. The site has quoted controversy from local artists uploading rude videos, yet some corporates have exploited the service to promote their products.

Media persona Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa is fully manipulating the Facebook video platform for her interactive programme.

Yahoo, Facebook – the leading social network platform still connects the nation, despite the advent of WhatsApp among others. Free encyclopedia, Wikipedia is a notch behind.

The trio occupies numbers 5, 6 and 7 respectively.

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