Magazine article Information Today

Top 25 Websites

Magazine article Information Today

Top 25 Websites

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While Hollywood has the Academy Awards to honor its industry's cinematic achievements, the global IT community vies for the title of the year's best global websites. The ninth annual "Web Globalization Report Card" (bytelevel.com) tabulates the best-of-breed sites for 2013, along with a few details about what makes them winners. Each site is ranked according to four key criteria: global reach (languages), global navigation, global/mobile architecture, and localization/social. The top 25 spots go to the following:

1. Google 2. Hotels.com 3. Facebook 4. Cisco Systems 5. 3M 6. Philips 7. Booking.com 8. Samsung 9. Twitter 10. NIVEA 11. Microsoft 12. Kayak 13. HP 14. Starbucks 15. Wikipedia 16. Yahoo! 17. LG 18. Autodesk 19. Intel 20. American Express 21. Merck 22. Adobe 23. KLM 24. Deloitte 25. KPMG

Global by Design, a blog edited by industry analyst John Yunker, provides some important details for tech-inclined readers. Google has retained the No. 1 spot from last year, taking the lead in mobile app localization, but its global navigation system still has a way to go, he notes. …

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