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Forrester survey finds first ever decline in people ‘using the internet,’ but a changing notion of ‘being online’

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/17/forrester-survey-finds-first-ever-decline-in-people-using-the-i/

Forrester survey finds changing notion of 'being online,' less of the old more of the new

A survey measuring people’s internet use used to be a fairly simple thing. If you dialed up to your ISP and logged onto CompuServe or AOL, you were “online” until you disconnected. Even in more recent years, you were “online” for as long as you were looking at a web browser or a chat window. But things have gotten more complicated as we’ve grown more mobile and connected than ever, and that’s now resulted in the first ever decline of people “using the internet” in Forrester’s annual survey since it began asking the question in 1997. As AllThingsD reports, this year’s survey found that people spent an average of 19.6 hours per week using the internet, compared to 21.9 hours in 2011. According to Forrester’s Gina Sverdlov, however, that’s not due to a shift back towards TV or other activities, but to a changing notion of what “being online” means to individuals. As she puts it, “given the various types of connected devices that US consumers own, many people are connected and logged on (automatically) at all times,” and that “the internet has become such a normal part of their lives that consumers don’t register that they are using the internet when they’re on Facebook, for example.” The full report isn’t available to the public, but you can find a few more details from it at the links below.

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 news No Comments

Here’s A Terrifying Chart For Those Hoping For Lots More Growth In Online Advertising (GOOG, YHOO, AOL, FB, LNKD)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-a-terrifying-chart-for-those-hoping-for-lots-more-growth-in-online-advertising-2012-5

Finally: We can put to rest a long time industry excuse.

It used to be that big time executives at companies like Yahoo, AOL, and Facebook could explain away ad revenues that weren’t big enough or growing fast enough by pointing out that so far, online ad spending has not been proportional to the amount of time consumers were spending online, and that this was bound to change, and when it did, boom times were ahead.

The argument was: New York ad buyers are way behind the times, and they just don’t get it yet.

Well, don’t look now, but according to this chart Mary Meeker’s latest presentation on the state of the Web, Internet ad spending, 22% of total ad spend, has just about caught up with time spent online, 26%. That ratio is fairly comparable to old mediums like TV (43/42) and Radio (15/11). Just the last time Meeker gave this presentation, the ratio was 16/22.

Attention Facebook, Yahoo, and AOL execs: Your excuse has expired. Ad buyers are spending a commensurate amount of money on your medium as any other. Now your products have to perform better.

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://lifehacker.com/5887310/how-to-remove-your-google-web-history-before-the-new-privacy-policy-change

How to Remove Your Google Web History Before The New Privacy Policy ChangeGoogle recently announced it was unifying its privacy policies and would be sharing the data it collects about users between all of its products, starting March 1st. That means your web searches and sites you visit will be combined with other Google products like Google Plus and YouTube. If you’d rather avoid that, the Electronic Frontier Foundation reminds us you can remove your Google search history and stop it from being recorded.

Turning off search history is one of the top Google settings you may already know about anyway if you didn’t want Google recording any sensitive searches (health, location, interests, religion, etc.), but with Google becoming more like AOL these days, now’s as good a time as any to check if you’ve got your web history paused or not.

If you’re not logged into Google already, log in. Then, go to https://google.com/history. Click “remove all Web History” and “OK”. Doing so will pause the recording of your searches going forward until you enable it again.

How to Remove Your Google Search History Before Google’s New Privacy Policy Takes Effect | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

These Five Companies Control 64% Of All Online Ad Spending (GOOG, YHOO, MSFT, AOL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-these-five-companies-control-64-of-all-online-ad-spending-2011-10

Interesting piece of data from digital marketing guy/VC Darren Herman: Just five companies control 64% of all online spending. (Incredibly, Google controls 46% of all online spending.)

One thing to note, says Herman: “With Facebook only now starting to monetize their platform, you can start to see how big an impact they could have on the dominance of the digital advertising landscape.”

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Monday, October 31st, 2011 news No Comments

Time Spent On Facebook Is Growing At An Astonishing Rate

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-time-spent-on-facebook-2011-9

United States citizens now spend roughly 16% of their total time online on Facebook. That’s an enormous figure.

In Q3 2010, the number was around 10% and it shows no sign of slowing down. That is bad news for Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL, which are struggling to compete. Of those four, only Google increased over the last year but not even the search giant could match Facebook’s growth.

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 news No Comments

AdAge: AOL to Sell or Shut Down Bebo in 2010

Move Comes Just Two Years After Portal Spent $850 Million to Acquire Social Network
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — AOL will shut down social-networking service Bebo if it can’t find a buyer, the company said in a memo to staff on Tuesday.
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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 digital No Comments

The numbers vary depending on who you ask or whose data you use

Bing search volume continues to drop despite tons of ads and cheating — redirecting traffic from live.com, msn.com, microsoft.com, and windows search (see also – http://bit.ly/7qDBEz) .

January 13, 2010

The Nielsen Company today reported December 2009 data for the top U.S. Search Providers.

MegaView Search data – including total searches, unique searchers, search share, and all other search figures – cannot be trended with search results prior to October 2009 due to recent methodology changes.

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Searches represent the total number of queries conducted at the provider. Example:  An estimated 6.7 billion search queries were conducted at Google Search, representing 67.3 percent of all search queries conducted during the given time period.

versus Oct 2009 numbers from hitwise

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 analytics No Comments

Tweeting or Twittering?

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Sunday, March 29th, 2009 digital No Comments

no, twitter will NOT be the next google

Every year around SXSW, there’s a surge in interest about twitter. This time around people have even gone as far as to proclaim twitter to be “the next google” or “the future of search” etc.  Bullocks!

Here’s why:

1) distant from other social networks – While we are seeing a massive surge in interest and usage of twitter, it is still a long way off from the number of users of other social networks; it will take a long time to get to critical mass; and this is a prerequisite for twitter to assail the established habit of the majority of consumers to “google it.” — Google’s already a verb.

2) no business model – It remains to be seen whether Twitter can come up with a business model to survive for the long haul. Ads with search are proven. Ads on social networks are not. And given the 140-character limit, there’s hardly any space to add ads.

3) lead adopters’ perspective is skewed – Twitter is still mostly lead adopters and techies so far; so the perspectives on its potential may be skewed too positively. As more mainstream users start to use it, we’re likely to see more tweets about nose picking, waking up, making coffee, being bored, etc….  This will quickly make the collective mass of content far less specialized and useful (as it is now).

4) too few friends to matter – Most people have too few friends. Not everyone is a Scott Monty ( @scottmonty ) with nearly 15,000 followers. So while a user’s own circle of friends would be useful for real-time searches like “what restaurant should I go to right now?” the circle is too small to know everything about everything they want to search on. And even if you take it out to a few concentric circles from the original user who asked, that depends on people retweeting your question to their followers and ultimately someone notifying you when the network has arrived at an answer — not likely to happen.

5) topics only interesting to small circle of followers – Most topics tweeted are interesting to only a very small circle of followers, most likely not even to all the followers of a particular person. A great way to see this phenomenon is with twitt(url)y. It measures twitter intensity of a particular story and lists the most tweeted and retweeted stories.  Out of the millions of users and billions of tweets, the top most tweeted stories range in the 100 – 500 tweet range and recently these included March 18 – Apple’s iPhone OS 3.0 preview event; #skittles; and the shutdown of Denver’s Rocky Mountain News.  Most other tweets are simply not important enough to enough people for them to retweet.

6) single purpose apps or social networks go away when other sites come along with more functionality or when big players simply add their functionality to their suite of services.

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 digital, social networks No Comments

Will MySpace go the way of AOL? yes, it’s already happening

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 display advertising No Comments

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