Facebook is now the second largest site in the United States after dethroning Yahoo from the second position according to a comScore Report.
comScore released a new report for August 2010 where Facebook.com secured second place in the online video content ranking with 59 million viewers. Google backed YouTube is still the leading video property on the Internet with 146 million US viewers. Yahoo related sites ranked third with 53.9 million viewers followed by VEVO and Fox Interactive Media.
As for Video Ads, Hulu took the top spot with 790 million followed by BrighRoll Video Network. Microsoft was placed fourth before Google.
Another interesting note from the report was that 85.1 percent of US internet audience have watched a online video with an average of 4.8 minutes being spent on online video.
At the current standings, YouTube is still by far the largest video content property and will continue to remain one. Also it was not very clear how much percentage of YouTube video views came from Facebook itself, since Facebook also allows users to embed YouTube videos as updates.
For more details on the August 2010 report from comScore, visit this link.
Google played a gamble when they decided to foray into the mobile operating system by purchasing Android about 5 years ago. However, 5 years down the line that gamble seems to have paid off, since reports suggest the Android will soon overtake RIM and iOS as the 2nd largest mobile in the world behind Symbian.
According to Gartner, Android will become the No. 2 worldwide mobile operating system in 2010 and will challenge Symbian for the largest mobile OS title by 2014. Currently Symbian has the highest markets share with 46.9% overall, however, that is set to drop to 40.1% in 2010.
Android on the other hand had only 3.9% market share in 2009, but that is set to leap to 17.7% in 2010 overtaking Apple’s iOS which had 14.4% share last year, is set to rise to 17.5% because of several new introductions including the iPad and iPhone 4. Blackberry’s RIM to is on a downswing with 19.9% share last year and 17.5% share predicted for this year.
Android phones have definitely hit the roof since last year. More than 200,000 Android devices are sold per day, this number is bound to rise, with several mobile manufacturers adopting the Android OS for their devices.
With the introduction of Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread, Google is all set to challenge the mighty Symbian who was at one point of time one of the best Mobile OS. Sadly Symbian has lost ground since then and has failed to make impressive changes to challenge the newer age mobile OS platforms.
Internet security site nmap.org released this amazing collage of favicons (the little icons that appear in the URL bar of your web-browser) in one huge image. What they basically did was that they scoured the entire interwebs, picking up the top sites and their relevant favicons and putting it all together in one huge site. In their own words:-
A large-scale scan of the top million web sites (per Alexa traffic data) was performed in early 2010 using the Nmap Security Scanner and its scripting engine. As seen in the New York Times, Slashdot,Gizmodo, Engadget, and Telegraph.co.uk …
We retrieved each site’s icon by first parsing the HTML for a link tag and then falling back to /favicon.ico if that failed. 328,427 unique icons were collected, of which 288,945 were proper images. The remaining 39,482 were error strings and other non-image files. Our original goal was just to improve our http-favicon.nse script, but we had enough fun browsing so many icons that we used them to create the visualization below.
And whad’ya know? Techie-Buzz is in this image too!
Pretty sweet eh? Thanks to urlesque.
Amazon Kindle, which got a price drop last month and now sells for $189 has been selling like hot-cakes according to a recent press release from Amazon. Kindle Books have also been outselling Hard Copy books in the past 3 months.
According to Amazon, the Kindle has been the best selling device for over 2 years and is also the most-wished-for, most-gifted and the product which has received the most 5 star ratings on Amazon.com.
"We’ve reached a tipping point with the new price of Kindle–the growth rate of Kindle device unit sales has tripled since we lowered the price from $259 to $189," said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon.com. "In addition, even while our hardcover sales continue to grow, the Kindle format has now overtaken the hardcover format. Amazon.com customers now purchase more Kindle books than hardcover books–astonishing when you consider that we’ve been selling hardcover books for 15 years, and Kindle books for 33 months."
Amazon has had to cut the Kindle price thanks to competitors like Sony and Barnes and Nobles slashing pricing and also more direct competition from the Apple iPad in the e-Book reader segment. However, the price drop has helped significantly along with some good sales in Kindle books too.
Amazon states that over the past three months, for every 100 hard copy books sold by Amazon, there are 143 Kindle books sold. The past three months Kindle books sale is 3 times that from the earlier quarter.
The U.S. Kindle Store now has more than 630,000 books, including New Releases and 106 of 110 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 510,000 of these books are $9.99 or less, including 75 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle.
More at the Official Amazon Press Release.
WWDC 2010 is underway with the Steve Jobs keynote, there have been several interesting announcements in the event, including the introduction of iPhone 4 and renaming of the iPhone OS to iOS.
iOS4 will be released shortly, however, Steve Jobs pointed out an interesting fact that this month Apple will sell their 100 Millionth iOS device, yes folks that is 100 million iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad in the market.
Interestingly, Apple has also said that they have already paid out over $1 billion to developers for their apps, with more and more iOS devices in the market, Apple is definitely one of the most lucrative platforms to publish for.
Over the past few weeks, you might have been greeted with the Google PAC-MAN game whenever you visited Google.com. The game was cute, enticing and annoying at its best, however, according to some reports from the RescueTime blog, over the span of 48 hours users spent a total of 4.82 million hours playing the game, which cost us $120 million+ in total.
According to the study done by RescueTime, an average user usually spends 4 and a half minutes on Google with 22 page views on an average with each page view timed to 11 seconds. However, according to the data they have the average user spent 36 seconds more on last Friday, the day the Google PAC-MAN game went live.
Some of the intriguing stats from their study includes the following:
- Google Pac-Man consumed 4,819,352 hours of time (beyond the 33.6m daily man hours of attention that Google Search gets in a given day)
- $120,483,800 is the dollar tally, If the average Google user has a COST of $25/hr (note that cost is 1.3 2.0 X pay rate).
- For that same cost, you could hire all 19,835 google employees, from Larry and Sergey down to their janitors, and get 6 weeks of their time. Imagine what you could build with that army of man power.
- $298,803,988 is the dollar tally if all of the Pac-Man players had an approximate cost of the average Google employee.
So how long did you spend playing PAC-MAN on Google? Oh and by the way you can continue playing the Google PAC-MAN game at its new home.
Facebook fan pages are a great way to have people who use Facebook keep up-to-date with your brand or website. In-fact many brands even use them to promote exclusive offers and more.
A good feature in Facebook is that page administrators are able to monitor fan activity through something called as "Insights". Insights tracks interactions which happen on a Facebook Fan page, including new fans, wall posts, likes and comments.
However, it looks like Facebook is now sending out email updates to Facebook page administrators which contains a summary of all the basic activities a fan page has had during a week. The screenshot below, which was shared by Amit Agarwal from Digital Inspiration shows the email that was send by Facebook to summarize the activities on the fan page he created.
The email summarizes the number of new fans that joined in a current week along with the total number of fans, the number of wall posts comments and likes in a week as opposed to last week and the amount of traffic generated by Facebook to a website.
I am not really sure if Facebook is sending out this email to everyone yet, however, users might see the Facebook page stats emails being sent in near future. Rest aside, this is definitely a good feature, since it will give a basic idea of how the fan page is doing without having to actually visit Facebook every time and on par with how Google Analytics can be used to send out daily stats report about a site.
Did you receive an email from Facebook which summarizes your website’s fan page activities yet?
P.S.: By the way, don’t forget to become a Techie Buzz fan on Facebook by visiting http://www.facebook.com/TechieBuzz/
Late last week, Mozilla started pushing update alerts to Firefox 3.5 users to upgrade their browsers to Firefox 3.6, looks like those alerts have borne some fruits, because Firefox 3.6 is now the most used Mozilla browser according to the recent stats.
As of today, Firefox 3.6 is used by 43% of users as compared to 23% before the push. According to the Mozilla metrics team, around 75 million users made the switch to Firefox 3.6 since the past week.
As of today, almost 186 million people have downloaded Firefox 3.6 since it’s release on January 21st 2010, which is definitely a huge number, however, this is bound to grow in the next few weeks, when more users upgrade to FF 3.6.
Another interesting fact is that Firefox 3.6 has had the most early adoption trends as opposed to Firefox 3.5 and Firefox 3, this is most likely because Firefox 3.5 has had a lot of problems and crashes, and FF 3.6 provides a much more stable version of the browser.
According to the latest Compete report, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube and MSN were the top 5 sites in the month of January 2010.
Overall in the top 20 sites for January 2010, msn.com was the biggest gainer with 10.51% MoM (Month over Month) increase, followed by monster.com, craigslist.org and youtube.com. The biggest loser in Jan 2010 was ebay.com which lost 18.70% traffic, followed by AOL.com which lost 11.94%.
Google gained 0.77%, however, Facebook was one up on them by gaining 1.13%. Out of the top 5 only yahoo.com showed a negative traffic climb losing over 1%. Google still had a slight upper edge over Facebook with 1.47 billion unique visitors. However, Facebook is still denting and making inroads into Google traffic with over 1.3 billion unique visits in January 2010. Bing is also making a splash by being ranked 11th with over 54 million visits in January 2010.
Please note that all these numbers are only for the US market, worldwide numbers may differ. For more information visit the Compete blog or read the full press release.
Royal Pingdom is one site which can come up with some really cool stuff, including analysis of huge amounts of data. So when I came across a post called Google facts and figures, I just sat down to see what interesting things I could learn about Google.
You can view the infographics at Royal Pingdom, but here are some highlights of the research put up by them.
- Google gave 1.8 million shares to Stanford Univ to license PageRank, which were later sold in 2005 for $336 million.
- 620 million visitors visit Google.com daily.
- 97% of Google Revenue comes from their advertising services.
- Google processes 20 Petabyte of information daily.
- As of December 2009, Google’s assets were valued at $40.5 billion
- A new Google employee is called Noogler, and later transitions to be called a Googler.
- Google has a total of 19,835 employees worldwide out of which 37% are in sales and marketing and 37.5% in research and development.
- 45% of Google products are in beta.
- 20 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
- Google Chrome now has a 5.22% market share.
- There are about 146 million Gmail users.
- 57% of the top 10,000 websites use Google Analytics to track users.
Phew, that was quite a lot of information. Some of these facts are really new to me, what about you?