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TechCrunch Year in Review
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Mark Hendrickson over at TechCrunch has a great post with the 2007 edition of the TechCrunch deadpool outlining a number of startups that failed to make it in 2007. Some noticeable mentions on the list include:
  • Yang Decides to Shut Down Yahoo 360—Nobody Notices
  • NetBank Joins The Deadpool
  • Goodbye Froogle
  • Yahoo Mixd Says “Peace Out” and Goes to DeadPool
  • Big Layoffs At Insider Pages
It's a pretty interesting list. In addition to their "deadpool" list there is also the year in deals which features stories on items such as:
  • Tesla Asks Investors For Another $40 Million To Start Its Engines.
  • Breaking: Kayak Raises $196 Million, Buys Rival SideStep
  • Another $60 Million For Facebook
  • Facebook Takes the Microsoft Money And Runs.
  • Social Networking Site Hi5 Takes $20 million
  • eBay Acquiring StumbleUpon
Another great list with some forgotten stories of online happenings that took place in 2007.

TechCrunch also posted their top posts for the year 2007. Here is a sample of some of them:
  • Being Stupid And Litigious Is No Way To Go Through Life
  • Yahoo Invites Us Into Mash, Its New Social Network
  • Digg Should Sue Wired
  • Google vs Michael Moore
  • 2007: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn’t Live Without
There is some pretty good stuff here. If you missed it the first time, you may want to check it out now. Just a reminder that we had our own little top posts of the year for 2007 that you may want to check out.

All the best to our readers in 2008.

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posted by Jody @ Sunday, December 30, 2007  
Internet Usage in Scandinavia

I have always been a big fan of Scandinavia particularly of Sweden and Finland. Living in Canada, the closest I came to visiting these countries was during the annual World Junior Hockey Championships over the Christmas break when these countries hosted the event and I would watch the games on TV. The cities look beautiful, the people seem energetic and happy. I would like to visit Scandinavia some time in the future as I have never been out of North America.

So as I was looking up some Internet usage stats the other day, I came across some data from comScore that indicated the most popular search engines in European countries including Finland and Sweden. Think Google is the most popular search engine in Scandinavia? Well think again. To my surprise Microsoft (MSN and Live Search) appears to be the search engine of choice in Norway and Sweden. Google is the top search engine in Denmark and Finland however. Some other interesting points,

  • The Netherlands and Scandinavian countries have the highest percentage of their populations using the Internet, ranging from 68 percent to 83 percent.
  • European users average 16.5 usage days per month. Countries that have usage days below the European average are Russia (11.4 average usage days), Austria (12.0), Italy (12.9), Ireland (13.0), Portugal (13.4), Norway (14.7), Denmark (14.7), Switzerland (15.1), Belgium (15.5) and Finland (16.4).
  • The average Swedish user views 4,019 pages per month and views more pages than any other country – 51 percent above the European average of 2,662 pages per month.



Pan-European and US Breakdown of Online Audiences, age 15+*

April 2007

Home and Work Locations

Source: comScore World Metrix

Internet Penetration**

Monthly Unique Users (000)

Average Daily Users (000)

Average Usage Days per

User per Month

Average Monthly Hours per User

Average Monthly Pages per User

Top 3 Properties

Based on

Monthly Unique Visitors

1

2

3

Europe

40%

221,463

121,774

16.5

24.1

2,662

Google

Microsoft

Yahoo!

Austria

53%

3,721

1,485

12

16.3

1,906

Google

Microsoft

eBay

Belgium

54%

4,728

2,447

15.5

20.6

2,399

Google

Microsoft

Belgacom Group

Denmark

68%

3,045

1,493

14.7

22

3,058

Google

Microsoft

Lycos Europe Sites

Finland

65%

2,818

1,544

16.4

29.7

3,749

Google

Microsoft

SanomaWSOY

France

51%

25,388

14,531

17.2

26.1

2,768

Google

Microsoft

France Telecom

Germany

46%

32,578

18,359

16.9

22.6

2,807

Google

Microsoft

eBay

Ireland

42%

1,365

591

13

18.9

1,871

Google

Microsoft

Yahoo!

Italy

36%

18,086

7,783

12.9

17.7

1,862

Google

Microsoft

Yahoo!

Netherlands

83%

11,292

7,350

19.5

27

3,131

Google

Microsoft

SanomaWSOY

Norway

70%

2,620

1,288

14.7

27.4

3,080

Microsoft

Google

Aftonbladet Hierta

Portugal

44%

3,882

1,731

13.4

23.3

2,454

Google

Microsoft

Portugal Telecom

Russia

11%

13,255

5,048

11.4

13.3

1,695

YANDEX.RU

MAIL.RU

Rambler Media

Spain

39%

13,628

8,828

19.4

30.6

2,675

Google

Microsoft

Yahoo!

Sweden

70%

5,259

2,895

16.5

31.7

4,019

Microsoft

Google

Aftonbladet Hierta

Switzerland

58%

3,666

1,846

15.1

22.7

2,676

Google

Microsoft

Swisscom

U.K.

62%

31,150

21,767

21

34.4

3,440

Google

Microsoft

eBay

U.S.

66%

156,697

114,472

21.9

31.4

2,826

Yahoo!

Time Warner Network

Google

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posted by Jody @ Sunday, December 30, 2007  
Search Engine Market Share for November 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
In case you missed it. ComScore released their latest search engine marker share numbers for November 2007. Pretty much status quo from recent months with Google leading the pack with a near 59% market share in the US. Facebook

comScore Core Search Report*
November 2007





Core Search Entity

Share of Searches (%)


Oct-07

Nov-07

Point Change Novt-07 vs. Oct-07


Total Core Search

100.0%

100.0%

0.0


Google Sites

58.4%

58.6%

0.2


Yahoo! Sites

22.8%

22.4%

-0.4


Microsoft Sites

9.8%

9.8%

0.0


Ask Network

4.7%

4.6%

-0.1


Time Warner Network

4.2%

4.5%

0.3



Looking at the Expanded Search Rankings, Google properties led with 7.3 billion searches a 1.9% decrease over the previous month. An interesting note is that Facebook had a drop of nearly 22% in November when compared to October data. As a result of search activity likely related to holiday shopping, eBay and Amazon Sites both experienced an increase for the month with 489 million and 178 million queries, respectively.

November U.S. Expanded Search Rankings

comScore Expanded Search Query Report
November 2007
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore qSearch 2.0





Expanded Search Entity

Search Queries (MM)


Oct-07

Nov-07

Percent Change Novt-07 vs. Oct-07


Total Expanded Search

14,471

13,907

-3.9%


Google Sites

7,468

7,326

-1.9%


Google

6,184

5,923

-4.2%


YouTube/All Other

1,284

1,403

9.3%


Yahoo! Sites

2,577

2,395

-7.0%


Yahoo!

2,538

2,358

-7.1%


All Other

39

37

-5.1%


Microsoft Sites

1,058

984

-7.0%


MSN-Windows Live

1,021

947

-7.2%


Microsoft/All Other

37

37

0.0%


Time Warner Network

905

838

-7.4%


AOL

433

445

2.6%


Mapquest/All Other

472

393

-16.7%


eBay

472

489

3.5%


Ask Network

493

464

-6.0%


Ask.com

277

263

-5.1%


MyWebSearch.com/ All Other

216

201

-6.9%


Fox Interactive Media

483

436

-9.8%


MySpace

475

427

-10.0%


All Other

8

9

12.5%


Craigslist.org

214

207

-3.3%


Amazon Sites

146

178

22.0%


Facebook.com

152

119

-21.7%


The full report can be seen here.

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posted by Jody @ Thursday, December 27, 2007  
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