Kiwis among world's best at emailing

New Zealand is close to winning bronze at yet another Olympic event.

New Zealand is close to winning bronze at yet another Olympic event.

IBM, which ran the Web site for the Olympics, reports that despite our relatively small population, we came fourth in the world when it came to sending fan mail to the athletes.

By yesterday, www.ibm.com/fanmail had received 310,023 messages - as many as were received during the Nagano Winter Olympics in Japan in 1998.

Australia won the gold for sending the most messages, while its athletes also received the most fan mail. Swimmer Ian Thorpe received the highest individual amount of fan mail, with track athlete Cathy Freeman was third highest. Aussie swimmers Susie O'Neil, Keiran Perkins, Grant Hackett and Michael Klim take the next four placings. The USA and Canada were second and third at sending messages, with Japan in fifth place.

IBM says its www.olympics.com site has received eight billion hits to date, with a peak of 768,511 per minute last Tuesday.

The company also claims 6.4 million unique users for the site, who have seen a total of 148.7 million pages.

Meanwhile, a second New Zealand Web site has made the world's top 25 most visited sites.

TVNZ's oneolympics.nzoom.com, which was also the Official New Zealand Olympic Committee Web site, ranked alongside the site of the New Zealand Herald for visitors.

"The success of Nzoom once again shows just how much pulling power good local sites are having these Olympics, says Kerry Hawkins, director of sales and marketing for ACNielsen eRatings.com, which polled sites.

ACNeilsen bases its figures on readings from 165,000 Web users across 15 countries.

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