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Top 10 Political Websites ( Free Republic Number One, HuffPo 2nd, Kos 3rd)
Thursday, November 22, 2007 | Kristinn

Posted on 11/22/2007 4:43:01 PM PST by kristinn

FreeRepublic.com, the eleven-year-old conservative granddaddy of political discussion websites, was rated the most popular political website by Hitwise, an Internet data tracking service, for the week ending November 17, 2007 with 5.14% market share.

The liberal site, HuffingtonPost.com, founded two-and-a-half years ago, was the only site that came close to Free Republic in interest from net users, with 4.51% market share. In a distant third place, the five-year-old liberal site DailyKos.com, was left in the dust by Free Republic and Huffington Post, garnering only 2.57% market share.

The others sites Hitwise listed were, in order, politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com with 2.17%; townhall.com with 2.1%; buzzflash.com with 1.95%; politico.com with 1.9%; humanevents.com with 1.84%; realclearpolitics.com with 1.72% and democraticunderground.com with 1.69%.

Free Republic has received none of the fawning promotion in the mainstream media that its nearest competitors get. It takes no paid advertising, has no membership fees and relies solely on donations for its existence. Its founder and webmaster, Jim Robinson, is not touted as a political player like Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga are. The site has endured withering criticism this year by pundits from Bill O'Reilly to Patrick Ruffini. Yet, Free Republic survives and thrives as one of the most popular and influential political websites.

From leading the charge to impeach President Bill Clinton in 1998, to the 2004 exposing of the fraudulent National Guard documents that led to Dan Rather's firing by CBS News, to the recent deep-sixing of expansion of the S-CHIP program, Freepers, as members at the site are known, have changed politics in America.

Liberals despise them, some conservatives seeth with envy, yet none can deny that more than a decade in to the online revolution, Free Republic is still a force to be reckoned with.


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KEYWORDS: 1; 2007review; dailykos; dusucks; fr; freerepublic; huffingtonpost; numberone; topten
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EAGLES UP !!!
1 posted on 11/22/2007 4:43:02 PM PST by kristinn
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To: Jim Robinson
Congratulations, Jim!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the Freepers!

2 posted on 11/22/2007 4:44:21 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

And thanks for all you do here, kristinn.....


3 posted on 11/22/2007 4:46:10 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" Since 11/20/06)
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To: kristinn

Excellent :)


4 posted on 11/22/2007 4:46:27 PM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: kristinn

Fluffington !?

Ha! Yeah right.


5 posted on 11/22/2007 4:46:35 PM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: kristinn

Rack ittt Kristinn


6 posted on 11/22/2007 4:46:39 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: kristinn

Interesting to see. The Daily Kos crowd like to say how they speak for “the American people” etc. and that their views reflect the mainstream. Then why is their market share so small?????????


7 posted on 11/22/2007 4:46:49 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: kristinn
From leading the charge to impeach President Bill Clinton in 1998, to the 2004 exposing of the fraudulent National Guard documents that led to Dan Rather's firing by CBS News, to the recent deep-sixing of expansion of the S-CHIP program, Freepers, as members at the site are known, have changed politics in America.

Don't forget Freepers efforts in the Sore-Loserman fiasco of the 2000 election.

8 posted on 11/22/2007 4:46:59 PM PST by Always Right
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To: kristinn
*GRIN*

and to you and yours. :D

9 posted on 11/22/2007 4:49:39 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you....Run, Fred, Run. :^)
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To: Jim Robinson; All

America’s finest. Thank you, sir.

Thanks to all FReepers and lurkers.


10 posted on 11/22/2007 4:50:16 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"Then why is their market share so small?"

Because it matches their collective IQ. ;)

11 posted on 11/22/2007 4:50:50 PM PST by MizSterious (Deport all the illegals to sanctuary cities.)
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To: kristinn

Good job.

Those who are truly observant will see that the thought that springs from this site spreads far and wide, throughtout the media and politics.


12 posted on 11/22/2007 4:51:02 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Our God-given rights, and those of our posterity, are not open to debate, negotiation or compromise!)
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To: kristinn

“I’d like to thank the Academy... my producers... all the little people who made it happen... this is such an honor...HI MOM!!”


13 posted on 11/22/2007 4:51:19 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Part of having a dark side is not showing it.)
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To: Always Right

And I “think” FR was the first to catch the CNN complicity in the debate the other night, when chatting live about it the Casino worker was discovered immediately as a plant/cued questioner.

Free Republic rocks!


14 posted on 11/22/2007 4:51:30 PM PST by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ Isaiah 3.3)
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To: kristinn
freerepublic isn't just a political website. It's a way of life.

15 posted on 11/22/2007 4:52:14 PM PST by ari-freedom (Scientific consensus is formed by the public schools and government grants.)
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To: kristinn

*


16 posted on 11/22/2007 4:52:49 PM PST by SweetCaroline (***Your own healing is the Greatest Message of Hope to others!***)
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To: kristinn

Woo Hoo! Free Republic is #1!


17 posted on 11/22/2007 4:52:55 PM PST by pattty (Duncan Hunter '08!)
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To: Libertina

Ping. We’re stars.


18 posted on 11/22/2007 4:52:58 PM PST by Publius (A = A)
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To: kristinn

Free Republic is the best site on the internet..period.


19 posted on 11/22/2007 4:53:01 PM PST by katiedidit1
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To: kristinn

Free Republic is worth more than GOLD!!!!


20 posted on 11/22/2007 4:53:13 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: kristinn

Fantastic!


21 posted on 11/22/2007 4:53:57 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: SevenofNine

BUMP


22 posted on 11/22/2007 4:54:02 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: kristinn

Next year is our 10th year here. We’re getting old Kristinn.


23 posted on 11/22/2007 4:54:02 PM PST by chesty_puller (70-73 USMC VietNam 75-79 US Army Wash DC....VietNam was safer.)
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To: kristinn

best news source in the world
best news analysis’ in the world

FRepublic is guilty of one thing............success


24 posted on 11/22/2007 4:54:27 PM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Free Republic is worth more than GOLD!!!!

As of yesterday, gold was worth $797.20 per ounce. Be careful with your comparisons.

25 posted on 11/22/2007 4:55:26 PM PST by Publius (A = A)
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To: kristinn

THANK YOU JIM!!!


26 posted on 11/22/2007 4:55:56 PM PST by jp3 ("Who cares what entertainers think about international affairs." Johnny Carson, Dec. 1967)
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To: kristinn
Anyone here "withering?"

Maybe in the bathtub too long?

27 posted on 11/22/2007 4:56:04 PM PST by unspun (God save us from egos -- especially our own.)
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To: chesty_puller
My registration date is 12/22/1997. Even I'm getting old.
28 posted on 11/22/2007 4:56:06 PM PST by Publius (A = A)
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To: kristinn
Liberals despise them, some conservatives seethe with envy,

Let them hate -- provided they fear.

29 posted on 11/22/2007 4:56:20 PM PST by Malacoda (A day without a pi$$ed-off muslim is like a day without sunshine.)
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Oh no, that would just be wrinkling.
30 posted on 11/22/2007 4:56:36 PM PST by unspun (God save us from egos -- especially our own.)
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To: Publius

yeah ?? but on FRepublic one can call Hillary a bitch because she is.

What’s THAT worth...................lololol


31 posted on 11/22/2007 4:57:47 PM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: Malacoda
Let them hate -- provided they fear.

"It is better to be feared than to be loved."
----- Niccolo Macchiavelli, The Prince

32 posted on 11/22/2007 4:58:17 PM PST by Publius (A = A)
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To: Publius
My registration date is 12/22/1997. Even I'm getting old.

You're last millenium, dude. (I shouldn't talk but couldn't resist. :))

33 posted on 11/22/2007 4:58:39 PM PST by PGalt
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To: kristinn

10. www.democraticunderground. com 1.69%


Almost pitiful, if I cared!


34 posted on 11/22/2007 4:58:47 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: molette67; NavyDude; All

After I read this, I lit up a cigar.

35 posted on 11/22/2007 4:59:28 PM PST by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: PGalt

Man, you’re making me feel even older. (Time for that Viagra pill. Now if I just knew some women...)


36 posted on 11/22/2007 4:59:52 PM PST by Publius (A = A)
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To: Publius
My registration date is 12/22/1997. Even I'm getting old.

That's around when I started lurking. Didn't register for about 8 months. pre-Monica Lewinsky.

37 posted on 11/22/2007 4:59:56 PM PST by Always Right
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To: kristinn

Great news! Happy Thanksgiving!


38 posted on 11/22/2007 5:00:46 PM PST by B Knotts (Tancredo '08!)
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To: Always Right

***Don’t forget Freepers efforts in the Sore-Loserman fiasco of the 2000 election.**

Oh, that was a GREAT sign. I put one on my front door. A repairman arrived, and he burst out laughing. He also said his wife was waiting for him in the car and she was laughing too. He did a great repair job, also.


39 posted on 11/22/2007 5:02:30 PM PST by kitkat (I refuse to let the DUers chase me off FR.)
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To: Publius

Free Republic is worth more than the Canadian dollar!


40 posted on 11/22/2007 5:02:48 PM PST by Disciplinemisanthropy (...and that, people, is what grinds my gears.)
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To: kristinn
FREE REPUBLIC

A force to be reckon with.

Congratulations to all.

41 posted on 11/22/2007 5:02:53 PM PST by TOneocon (The reason there is so much poverty is because of the uneven distribution of capitalism...Rush)
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To: kristinn
www.democraticunderground.com ....... 1.69% share

Hah!!!

42 posted on 11/22/2007 5:04:48 PM PST by Popman (My doohickey is discombobulated)
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To: Disciplinemisanthropy
Free Republic is worth more than the Canadian dollar!

It's also worth more than the euro and is even competitive with the Swiss franc.

43 posted on 11/22/2007 5:05:12 PM PST by Publius (A = A)
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To: kristinn

best news source in the world
best news analysis’ in the world

FRepublic is guilty of one thing............success


44 posted on 11/22/2007 5:06:25 PM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: kristinn

Freepers Rock!


45 posted on 11/22/2007 5:07:10 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: kristinn
FR is the best of the best.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Jim, the mods, and to everyone.

46 posted on 11/22/2007 5:08:09 PM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - President Fred D. Thompson /"The Constitution means what is says.")
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To: jimrob

I’ve been proud to be a Freeper for seven years. Nobody had to tell us that you’d accomplished something wonderful, Jim, but it’s nice to see it in writing somewhere else. Congratulations.


47 posted on 11/22/2007 5:08:22 PM PST by kitkat (I refuse to let the DUers chase me off FR.)
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson; potlatch; devolve; ntnychik; gonzo; Grampa Dave

48 posted on 11/22/2007 5:09:25 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: kristinn

Congrats and Happy Thanksgiving y’all!


49 posted on 11/22/2007 5:10:39 PM PST by Tears of a Clown
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To: Publius

Newbie

:)


50 posted on 11/22/2007 5:11:22 PM PST by IncPen (The Liberal's Reward is Self Disgust)
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