New Zealanders are increasingly searching for domain names on the web, as the internet boom is having an impact on the country.
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is being used more than ever by Kiwis to find domains, as they look for services such as social networking sites, video hosting sites and mobile apps.DNS has seen an increase in popularity as people are searching for their own personalised domains, and the number of people searching for an email address or a social networking site has risen by over 2,000 per cent in the past year.
The most popular sites in the country are:Whatsapp: More than 4,000 people have an account with Whatsapp.
It is one of the top five most popular apps in the world, with more than 10 million users.
WhatsApp has also gained popularity on social media sites, such as Facebook and Instagram, with users searching for ‘Whatsap’ in a Facebook comment section.
Twitter: More users are signing up to Twitter, with 3,400 users having an account.
It is also a popular destination for news, and a popular way for Kiwis with social media accounts to send tweets.
It also has a thriving business, with many businesses using the service to offer free services such the app-based MyWhats app and the website MyMyself.
Facebook: More people are using Facebook as their main social media site, with the service seeing an increase of 1,500 per cent from 2013 to 2014.
People are also turning to Facebook to organise meetings and events, with people from across New Zealand travelling to New Zealand to do the same.
The number of businesses using Facebook to meet customers has increased by 4,300 per cent over the same period, according to figures from the National Telecommunications and Information Commission (NTIC).
There are also several sites that offer business owners an online marketplace, such a marketplace for car rental companies, which can be used to buy and sell cars online.
There is also an increase and a drop in the number who are using social media to connect with their family and friends.
This is partly because of a number of social media platforms being shut down, such Facebook being shut in January, but also due to a number more people leaving New Zealand for social media.
The New Zealand Herald, for example, has been losing around 40 per cent of its daily readers since 2012, according the NTIC.
The biggest increase in numbers of people switching to Twitter is in the US, with Facebook and Twitter growing by 5,700 and 4,500 respectively, with Twitter seeing a surge of 3,700 per cent, according data from the US Department of Commerce.
While people are increasingly using the internet to find services such an email account, the number is also being used for online gambling and other activities.
There are many more Kiwis using the DNS to search for the domain names that are used to register websites, such Asda and Avant, according DNS data.
Avant was the first website to be registered by DNS in New Zealand, but has since moved to the UK and Australia.
Whichever way you look at it, the internet is making the people of New Zealand even more curious about their own domain names, and they are starting to pay more attention to them.