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The top five websites Britain can't live without

Facebook, the social network which began in a Harvard dorm room, was the website British people used the most. Photo: PA

Facebook and the BBC have topped the list of websites the British visit the most, new research has found.

The social networking giant was chosen by 32% of women quizzed by Nominet, the company behind the .uk domain, while 26% of men put the BBC website into the number one position.

Top five favourite websites:

  • Facebook 25%
  • BBC 20%
  • Amazon 9%
  • Gmail 5%
  • Yahoo 5%
Despite the success of iplayer, the BBC website proved more popular. Credit: PA

Almost half of those quizzed (46%) said the best thing about the web was finding quick answers to questions, while a quarter (25%) said that what they liked the most was finding old friends.

Some 24% of people said the used the web the most to look up something that caused them to worry.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the world wide web, called for a "global constitution" to protect the web. Credit: PA

For young people aged 18 to 24, the search for a job was higher up the list - with 28% of them citing "finding a job" as the best thing the web has given them.

The poll was commissioned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the world wide web, with inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee calling for an online Magna Carta to protect the neutrality of the technology.

Lesley Cowley, chief executive of Nominet, explained:

The web is such an integral part of everyday life that we simply can't live without it.

It has changed to something beyond what even Sir Tim and his colleagues could have imagined 25 years ago, when they were looking for an easier way to share and structure information.

The social, political and economic impact of the web makes it a story we are all part of, and to which we all contribute daily, whether that's finding the answer to a question or connecting with friends and colleagues.

– Lesley Cowley

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