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Social Media Dominates Asia-Pacific

Few regions on the planet are more diverse than the Asia Pacific area, but when it comes to surfing habits, most of the countries share common traits – as shown by this month’s State of the Mobile Web report by web browser company Opera Software.

In the surfing statistics from their Opera Mini mobile web browser, a trifecta of websites dominate the list of most-visited websites:

  • Facebook is the undisputed #1 domain for most countries surveyed, including Australia and New Zealand, with top placement in 16 of 25 countries.
  • The most popular sites are Facebook, Google and Youtube. In fact, this exact combination and order is repeated in most of the countries’ top three list of domains, including Australia and New Zealand.
  • Only two countries, China and Japan, had a different site other than the above mentioned three in the top spot of domains.

There is also a noticeable shift in the usage of devices in the Asia Pacific region, where more and more users are smartening up their mobiles. In Indonesia, for example, the number of smartphones using Opera Mini or Opera Mobile has increased more than 460% since July 2011.