Bing Captures Bigger Share Of U.S. Search Market

Google still in top search spot

By Mike Sachoff

Bing had the most search growth for the month of June, growing 7 percent month- over-month to capture 9.85 percent of the U.S. search market, according to the latest figures released by Hitwise.

Google accounted for 71.65 percent of the search market, but saw a one percent drop in growth month-over-month. Yahoo’s search growth was flat, accounting for 14.37 percent of the market and Ask captured 2.19 percent of the search market, with 2 percent growth month-over-month.


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Google still in top search spot

By Mike Sachoff

Bing had the most search growth for the month of June, growing 7 percent month- over-month to capture 9.85 percent of the U.S. search market, according to the latest figures released by Hitwise.

Google accounted for 71.65 percent of the search market, but saw a one percent drop in growth month-over-month.  Yahoo‘s search growth was flat, accounting for 14.37 percent of the market and Ask captured 2.19 percent of the search market, with 2 percent growth month-over-month. Leer más “Bing Captures Bigger Share Of U.S. Search Market”

Social Media Accounts For 22% Of Time Spent Online


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Nielsen finds global social network/blog numbers on the rise

The Web is a vastly more social place now than it was a year ago, according to new data from Nielsen.  Double-digit growth occurred in a couple of categories, and at this point, Nielsen believes an impressive 22 percent of all time spent online is spent perusing social networks and/or blogs.

Actually, that figure may be even larger for June; Nielsen’s latest stats are from April (and so the year-to-year comparison was made with April 2009).  But in any event, a lot has changed, and Nielsen described the differences this afternoon with a paragraph full of percentages. Leer más “Social Media Accounts For 22% Of Time Spent Online”

Does the World Still Need Twitter?


Why Twitter is Getting Away with So Much Downtime

Twitter users know that the service goes down fairly often, but that doesn’t seem to alienate them. While Twitter has certainly had its issues with user retention in the past, it continues to grow. Last month, the site grew by nearly 10% (over the previous month) by our estimates, with total registered users estimated at 122 million. That’s not Facebook-like numbers, but it’s pretty significant. One almost has to wonder if those numbers would be higher if the “Fail Whale” didn’t make so many appearances. Twitter users, for the most part, don’t seem to mind him too much though.

The Downtime

Frequent downtime is nothing new for Twitter. It’s been going on pretty much as long as Twitter’s been around. You would think that by now, they’d have it under control, but no such luck… Leer más “Does the World Still Need Twitter?”

LinkedIn Hires Ex-Google Exec As Canada Head

Move said to be “significant milestone in our international growth”
By Doug Caverly

Anyone who considered LinkedIn’s physical expansion into Canada an odd or ill-thought-out move may want to think again. LinkedIn has been able to secure Jonathan Lister, the former country manager of Google Canada, as its own country manager in Canada.

LinkedInLister will be responsible for establishing LinkedIn’s first Canadian office, which will be located in Toronto. Then he’ll focus on finding more users, more partners, and more advertisers, among other things.


Move said to be “significant milestone in our international growth”
By Doug Caverly

Anyone who considered LinkedIn‘s physical expansion into Canada an odd or ill-thought-out move may want to think again.  LinkedIn has been able to secure Jonathan Lister, the former country manager of Google Canada, as its own country manager in Canada.

LinkedInLister will be responsible for establishing LinkedIn’s first Canadian office, which will be located in Toronto.  Then he’ll focus on finding more users, more partners, and more advertisers, among other things.
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Yahoo and Nokia Team Up on Mobile Messaging, Maps

By Chris Crum

New Exclusivity Arrangement for Yahoo and Nokia

Yahoo and Nokia officially announced a partnership, which has been expected for several days.

The two companies, which have collaborated for five years, will provide consumers with e-mail, instant messaging and maps and navigation services. Specifically under the partnership:

– Nokia will be the exclusive, global provider of Yahoo’s maps and navigation services, integrating Ovi Maps across Yahoo properties, branded as “powered by Ovi.”

– Yahoo will become the exclusive, global provider of Nokia’s Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat services branded as “Ovi Mail / Ovi Chat powered by Yahoo!”

– Nokia and Yahoo plan to work on ID federation between their services, beginning by making it easy for people to use their Ovi user IDs across select Yahoo! properties to easily access the online content and services they need.


New Exclusivity Arrangement for Yahoo and Nokia

Yahoo and Nokia officially announced a partnership, which has been expected for several days.

The two companies, which have collaborated for five years,  will provide consumers with e-mail, instant messaging and maps and navigation services. Specifically under the partnership:

– Nokia will be the exclusive, global provider of Yahoo’s maps and navigation services, integrating Ovi Maps across Yahoo properties, branded as “powered by Ovi.”

– Yahoo will become the exclusive, global provider of Nokia’s Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat services branded as “Ovi Mail / Ovi Chat powered by Yahoo!

– Nokia and Yahoo plan to work on ID federation between their services, beginning by making it easy for people to use their Ovi user IDs across select Yahoo! properties to easily access the online content and services they need. Leer más “Yahoo and Nokia Team Up on Mobile Messaging, Maps”

Where Does Google TV Fit Into Search?

By Chris Crum
Considerations if Google TV Takes Off

It’s time to start optimizing your web content for the big screen. Here at Google I/O, as I’m sure you’ve heard, Google announced the much-anticipated Google TV. Naturally, search plays a big role in the service, particularly in the form of the Quick Search Box.


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It’s time to start optimizing your web content for the big screen. Here at Google I/O, as I’m sure you’ve heard, Google announced the much-anticipated Google TV. Naturally, search plays a big role in the service, particularly in the form of the Quick Search Box. Leer más “Where Does Google TV Fit Into Search?”

Google Looks To Hire “Social” Chief

Google’s track record in terms of social media is not pretty. Consider the facts: Orkut never caught on in the U.S., Lively was killed after about six months, and so far, Buzz hasn’t done much besides make people freak out. Still, Google’s reportedly forging ahead by looking to hire a “Head of Social.”

GoogleLiz Gannes obtained a recruiting letter describing this position, and Google was at least realistic in terms of expectations. Part of the letter acknowledged, “This is a new and very strategic position, as Google knows it is late on this front and is appropriately humble about it.”


Company acknowledges problems, but wants to “tackle social”

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Google‘s track record in terms of social media is not pretty.  Consider the facts: Orkut never caught on in the U.S., Lively was killed after about six months, and so far, Buzz hasn’t done much besides make people freak out.  Still, Google’s reportedly forging ahead by looking to hire a “Head of Social.”

GoogleLiz Gannes obtained a recruiting letter describing this position, and Google was at least realistic in terms of expectations.  Part of the letter acknowledged, “This is a new and very strategic position, as Google knows it is late on this front and is appropriately humble about it.” Leer más “Google Looks To Hire “Social” Chief”

Yahoo Examines iPad Ownership Trends

Yahoo finds iPads help it reach 30-54 year-old men, assist Flickr

Even before the iPad was released, Yahoo started catering to potential users, releasing a Yahoo Entertainment app. It later partnered with Appolicious, too. Now, Yahoo’s taken a look at what sort of iPad owner audience it’s attracted, and it seems that Yahoo’s done best with wealthy-ish, middle-aged men who take lots of pictures.

Let’s start with the simplest subject: gender distribution. About 66 percent of iPad users on the Yahoo network are male, compared to 51 percent of regular Yahoo users in the U.S.


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Yahoo finds iPads help it reach 30-54 year-old men, assist Flickr

Even before the iPad was released, Yahoo started catering to potential users, releasing a Yahoo Entertainment app.  It later partnered with Appolicious, too.  Now, Yahoo’s taken a look at what sort of iPad owner audience it’s attracted, and it seems that Yahoo’s done best with wealthy-ish, middle-aged men who take lots of pictures.

Let’s start with the simplest subject: gender distribution.  About 66 percent of iPad users on the Yahoo network are male, compared to 51 percent of regular Yahoo users in the U.S. Leer más “Yahoo Examines iPad Ownership Trends”

Where Does Location Fit into the SEO Equation?

By Chris Crum
Targeting Consumers Where They Are and Where They’ve Been

We’re living in an increasingly open and revealing world where people are eager to tell you where they are, where they’ve been, and where they’re going. Not everyone is so eager, but location-sharing is a rising trend that is not to be ignored. Naturally, the phenomenon will have a growing impact on search.
Remember when the industry was still trying to make sense of how social media and search fit together? It’s now fitting together in a variety of ways, and now we’re at a similar point with location and search.

Google Has Its Own Significant Amount of Location Sharers

At the Web 2.0 Expo this week, Google Product Manager Steve Lee revealed some interesting info about Google Latitude, the company’s location-sharing service, which has been around since long before location-sharing became such a huge trend. Foursquare – the location-sharing service you hear about most these days, has a million users. Latitude has 3 million active users, and this year it’s grown 30% per month each month so far. [Más…]

MG Siegler at TechCrunch says Lee hinted that Latitude would soon have a check-in component, something that has made services like Foursquare so popular, and of great use to local businesses. He also said that Latitude has taken some time to gain ground because of iPhone’s lack of the ability to run services in the background (so there isn’t a Latitude iPhone app), but the iPhone OS will have that ability, and Android usage is on the rise (apparently BlackBerry has been big for the service as well). Over 10% of All Android users are using Latitude.

Location as a Search Signal

Google has been very open about how much emphasis it is placing on mobile, and mobile and location-sharing go to together like corn flakes and milk. Smartphone usage will continue to grow. Therefore location-sharing will continue to grow. Android usage in particular is growing rapdily.

Diana Pouliot, Director of Mobile Advertising at Google recently said a third of all Google searches via the mobile web pertain to some aspect of the searcher’s local environment. The company has also been quoted as saying it thinks of location as a “hugely important signal.”

With Google’s newly redesigned SERPs, location-based searches will increase, or rather filtering searches by location will. With the “nearby” option more visible, it stands to reason more people will use it. At this point, I’m not seeing real-time location-based info here, but that may change in the future. Google will continue making tweaks and adding features, and having real-time info here may begin to make sense.


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Targeting Consumers Where They Are and Where They’ve Been

We’re living in an increasingly open and revealing world where people are eager to tell you where they are, where they’ve been, and where they’re going. Not everyone is so eager, but location-sharing is a rising trend that is not to be ignored. Naturally, the phenomenon will have a growing impact on search.
Remember when the industry was still trying to make sense of how social media and search fit together? It’s now fitting together in a variety of ways, and now we’re at a similar point with location and search.

Google Has Its Own Significant Amount of Location Sharers

At the Web 2.0 Expo this week, Google Product Manager Steve Lee revealed some interesting info about Google Latitude, the company’s location-sharing service, which has been around since long before location-sharing became such a huge trend. Foursquare – the location-sharing service you hear about most these days, has a million users. Latitude has 3 million active users, and this year it’s grown 30% per month each month so far. Leer más “Where Does Location Fit into the SEO Equation?”

LinkedIn Continues Adding Features to Recruiter

Customers who post through a job distributor or automated Job Wrapping process can edit the job in Recruiter as its posted and see the real-time profile match results.

The mini-profiles come in the form of a hover feature that appears on the Recruiter homepage and names in modules like “People who viewed this profile”. Actions can be performed from within the mini-profile.


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LinkedIn Recruiter Gets Real-Time Profile Matches, Free InMails

LinkedIn has added several features to its Recruiter platform. These include real-time profile matches, mini profiles, and free InMails to 1st degree and fellow group members.

“We’ve offered a Candidate Match feature for a while, but now, if there are matches, you’ll get instant candidate recommendations in the job posting flow, says LinkedIn’s Prasad Gune.  “What used to take 24+ hours in a batch process now takes just seconds and integrates into your workflow. You can go straight from the posting process to reviewing and reaching out to talent recommended by our proprietary technology.” Leer más “LinkedIn Continues Adding Features to Recruiter”

Yahoo Gives Update on Alliance with Microsoft Yahoo Microsoft Integration to Be Ready Before Holidays

By Chris Crum

We haven’t heard much about the long-awaited Microsoft-Yahoo Search Alliance in a while, but reminding everybody that the integration is still on the way, Yahoo posted an update today via its Search Marketing Blog.

The company says priority one is to make the transition to Microsoft’s adCenter as smooth as possible, and that includes the following steps:

* Protect the holiday period – We know how important the holiday selling season is to many of you, so our aim is to complete the transition in the U.S. and Canada before the start of the 2010 holiday season.
* Ensure a quality transition – If we determine that we cannot transition with quality before the holiday period, we’ll defer the transition until the early part of 2011.
* Provide a window-of-time – To provide as much flexibility as possible, we intend to offer a window of several weeks in late summer, during which you can choose the time to initiate and complete your transition.


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We haven’t heard much about the long-awaited MicrosoftYahoo Search Alliance in a while, but reminding everybody that the integration is still on the way, Yahoo posted an update today via its Search Marketing Blog.

The company says priority one is to make the transition to Microsoft’s adCenter as smooth as possible, and that includes the following steps:

  • Protect the holiday period – We know how important the holiday selling season is to many of you, so our aim is to complete the transition in the U.S. and Canada before the start of the 2010 holiday season.
  • Ensure a quality transition – If we determine that we cannot transition with quality before the holiday period, we’ll defer the transition until the early part of 2011.
  • Provide a window-of-time – To provide as much flexibility as possible, we intend to offer a window of several weeks in late summer, during which you can choose the time to initiate and complete your transition. Leer más “Yahoo Gives Update on Alliance with Microsoft Yahoo Microsoft Integration to Be Ready Before Holidays”

Are Likes and Retweets the New Links?

By Chris Crum

Search has been evolving for years, and it looks as though its really starting to enter a new era entirely. While search and social media may be two different animals, it is becoming more clear that they’re directly related, and will continue to be more mixed into one another. [Más…] We’re already seeing search engines attempt to place some kind of ranking on social updates. For example, we’ve already know that search engines take things like follower quality into account in how they rank tweets (see more on that from Google and Bing).


SEO is No Longer Just About Search Engines

Search has been evolving for years, and it looks as though its really starting to enter a new era entirely. While search and social media may be two different animals, it is becoming more clear that they’re directly related, and will continue to be more mixed into one another. Leer más “Are Likes and Retweets the New Links?”

iPhone And iPod Touch Users Lead In Downloading

iPhone users favor free apps

Only 16 percent of Americans over the age of 13 are using devices besides their home computers to download software apps, music, video, and other entertainment content from the Internet, according to a new report by The NPD Group.

The report found three-quarters (75%) of iPhone and iPod Touch users are connecting to the Internet to download entertainment content and apps, compared to 19 percent of game console users and 17 percent of Blu-ray Disc (BD) set-top users.


iPhone users favor free apps

Only 16 percent of Americans over the age of 13 are using devices besides their home computers to download software apps, music, video, and other entertainment content from the Internet, according to a new report by The NPD Group.

The report found three-quarters (75%) of iPhone and iPod Touch users are connecting to the Internet to download entertainment content and apps, compared to 19 percent of game console users and 17 percent of Blu-ray Disc (BD) set-top users. Leer más “iPhone And iPod Touch Users Lead In Downloading”

Microsoft Previews New Windows Live Messenger Beta

“The new Messenger will provide a great way to have more meaningful conversations with the people consumers care about most while also bringing together their social networks and sharing updates, cutting through the clutter, and staying up to date with their favorite friends,” the rep says. “Messenger integrates into the things consumers are already doing, so they can stay in touch not only from their PC, but also from across the Web and their mobile phone.”


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New Live Messenger to Provide Richer Conversations
By Chris Crum

Steve Ballmer just previewed the new Windows Live Messenger beta during his “Five Dimensions of Cloud Computing” speech to students at the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil. Windows Live Messenger has over 320 million active consumers every month who send 10 billion messages to one another every day, a Microsoft representative tells WebProNews. Leer más “Microsoft Previews New Windows Live Messenger Beta”

PayPal Gives iPhone/iPad Developers In-App Payment Option

The library is an element of PayPal’s PayPal X Payments Platform, announced last year. “The Mobile Payments Library enables app developers to accept in-app purchases directly via PayPal; so developers don’t need to store customers’ personal financial information and customers can purchase goods and services without leaving the app,” the rep explains.


Some news from PayPal that slipped fairly under the radar this week is that the company opened its Mobile Payments Library to developers. A representative for PayPal tells WebProNews it will give developers an “easy way to get payments from within their apps.”

PayPal Mobile Payments at BaubletThe library is an element of PayPal’s PayPal X Payments Platform, announced last year. “The Mobile Payments Library enables app developers to accept in-app purchases directly via PayPal; so developers don’t need to store customers’ personal financial information and customers can purchase goods and services without leaving the app,” the rep explains.
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