City Hall website the most popular among staff

13:24 19 November 2012

City Hall will host the committee meeting. File picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

City Hall will host the committee meeting. File picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

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It seems members of staff at the Greater London Authority like reading about themselves - their own website ranked as the most popular among its workforce.

Top 20 websites: May 1 - October 11 2012

Top five

1 www.london.gov.uk

2 www.bbc.co.uk

3 www.facebook.com

4 www.google.co.uk

5 news.bbc.co.uk

Bottom five

16 www.dailymail.co.uk

17 twitter.com

18 www.tfl.gov.uk

19 www.bing.com

20 www.london2012.com

The www.london.gov.uk site garnered the most hits at City Hall, with the BBC’s main home page coming in at second over a six-month period.

The website contains details of upcoming London Assembly committee meetings and agenda papers.

Surprisingly, social networking sites Facebook and Twitter were further down the list, ranking at third and at 17th respectively.

It also appears users eschew the popular press when they go looking for news, with the top 20 featuring the likes of the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian.

The Evening Standard and the Daily Mail Online were also among the most visited in City Hall - but both were below the BBC’s news site at 12th and 16th place.

Julie Morris, partner at leading law firm Slater and Gordon, advised all employees to keep an eye on their internet policy if their company had one.

She said: “Some employers don’t allow it during work hours, it’s quite common.

“You are not allowed access to your personal email accounts or to social media. Then it’s a question of whether it’s excessive, and whether you are fulfilling your duties to your employers.

“And then it’s a question of what is being said - if it’s defamatory to the company.”

Ms Morris said she had dealt with cases where employees had accessed pornography when the internet was first introduced on to work terminals.

Search engines Google and www.live.com also featured in the list, which ranked hits between May and October. Perhaps surprisingly, www.london2012.com came in at 20th.

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