The website of the Edinburgh Evening News is among the top three websites visited by local council staff.
According to a Freedom of Information request made by the newspaper, only the search engine, Google, and the homepage of the BBC got more hits than the 396,290 received by the News' front page, during the 12 months leading up to the request being made.
Says the newspaper: “The figures …show that the council's own website got 32,333 fewer hits on council computers than the Evening News. Social networking site Facebook found its way into the top ten – with staff checking their profile pages 277,530 times in the last 12 months. Also making it into the top ten were classified advertising site Gumtree and the online shop Amazon. Other sites that proved popular with council staff included high street chain Next, with 73,675 hits, and the Racing Post, which got 72,443 hits.
“The official site of Liverpool Football Club received 12,549 hits, which made it even more popular than both the Hearts site, with 8,863 views, and the Hibs site, with 11,763.”
And the paper delights in adding: “The website of council freesheet, Outlook – which has been dubbed 'Pravda' because of the number of positive stories within it – was nowhere to be seen in the top 1,000 most popular websites.”