Google Rolls Out New Stuff

Posted by Unknown | January 24, 2009 |

Embedded YouTube videos: Google has quietly added the option to flip it into high quality mode right from the bottom corner menu. This doesn't come along with an option to view the same video in its high tech, but it's a start - via CrunchGear. Which before now, embedded YouTube Videos would have missed out on the option to view it in high quality.

Also New as part of Gmail - YouTube video links turn into videos in Google Talk. Chipping in any YouTube URL will insert the video into your conversation stream where it can be viewed by both users, although not at the same time.

Transit Site MakeOver: Google rolled out a new version of its Transit Site, Friday; making it easier to see which parts of the U.S. are Google Transit-capable. it now has a little sub-list of regions and the respective transit companies that are a part of Google's index. However, the transit layer which lets you see routes in all forms of transportation at once has be leftout. Google added this to its Maps product earlier this month, and says it will be a part of the transit site soon.

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Twitter's Market Share Ahead Of Diggs

Posted by Unknown | January 21, 2009 |

As of Tuesday - Twitter, the popular microblogging service, had for the first time surpassed the market share of visits of the hit content aggregation site - Digg, according to a report by Hitwise. Twitter now stands at number 84 in its Computers and Internet category, one space up the chart from Digg.

Hitwise noted that the general rise of social media has fueled Twitter's recent success, with many users of the site coming from services like Facebook, or MySpace, whereas Digg's traffic comes in large part--38.8 percent last week--from Google.

A glance at a chart tracking the share of both services reveals that Twitter has been slowly, but steadily, gaining on Digg over the last few months, finally matching--and even passing--Digg last week. Hitwise said that as of the end of last week, Twitter was netting 0.021 percent of traffic in its Computers and Internets category, just a touch up from Digg's own 0.021 percent.

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Despite the increased search traffics recorded by MSN and Yahoo in December - Google still maintains lead according to latest statistics recorded by Hitwise. For all of 2008, Google accounted for 69.48% of all U.S. searches. That's up 8% from 2007. A comparison of December 2007 to December 2008 is even more impressive, with Google growing 14% year-over-year. Yahoo accounted for 17.79% of all U.S. searches and MSN took 5.56% of the share, according to figures released by Hitwise Monday. accounted for 3.15% of U.S. searches in December, while 44 other search engines, together, accounted for just 1.42%.

MSN increased its share by 2% in the four weeks ending Dec. 27 compared to the four weeks ending Nov. 29, marking its fifth consecutive month of growth, according to figures from Hitwise. Yahoo grew its share by 1% from November to December, according to a sample of 10 million U.S. Internet users. While grew 1% from 2007 to 2008, according to Hitwise.

Hitwise reported that search engines continue to dominate as key navigation tools Internet users rely on for information in key industry categories, such as business and finance, sports, online video, and social networking. Hitwise found that the share of traffic that search engines drove to those categories increased from December 2007 to December 2008 by double-digit figures.

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Yahoo's partnership with Intel for a Widget Channel has taken a step further up, following the release of a Widget Development Kit this week. The kit is available to third-party developers, advertisers, and content producers. In the spring, consumer electronics manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG Electronics, and VIZIO will release Internet-connected television sets to support Yahoo's Internet content.

Yahoo's Widget Engine is based on the Konfabulator widget platform for PCs. It has combined key attributes of the Internet, including openness, community, and personalization, with the power of television," Patrick Barry, VP of Connected TV Yahoo, said in a prepared statement. "By creating this revolutionary new Internet experience and combining our technology with the global distribution of major consumer electronics partners, we enable consumers to access the relevant information and content to enhance their television watching experience".

Yahoo's developers and those from eBay, MySpace, CBS, The New York Times, Netflix, Amazon, Blockbuster, Showtime, USA TODAY, and Twitter, among others, are involved in this new program.

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Next Generation Search and Aggregation Capabilities forms the natural evolution of the Internet, the Web 2.0 phenomenon, and the sheer number of successful Internet startups and services deployed have transformed the World Wide Web into a deep and vast place filled with highly-desirable products and services. But with so much data available, it becomes increasingly difficult for users to keep up with the myriad of services, portals and accounts available.

Behrouzi and his team at DotNext have recently launched LeapFish, a new multi-dimensional search aggregator and Internet dashboard that promises to capture the variety of the web now and as the solution evolves. LeapFish offers one-stop, convenient access to the web's most sought-after destinations and content by rendering results from a growing list of major online authorities, as well as the organic search engine results traditionally utilized by users.

LeapFish takes on the fragmentation problem head first by aggregating and displaying information from destinations including Google, Yahoo, Ebay, YouTube and others through a refreshingly clean and familiar search interface. As a result users are able to maintain relationships and interaction with growing number of services and content online.

LeapFish empowers Internet users with a radically simple way of searching major web portals like Google, Ebay, YouTube and many more in a single, easy-to-use search interface. The first multi-dimensional information aggregator and search portal in the world, LeapFish gathers, organizes and renders the most relevant information from depths of the internet's most valuable destinations.

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Internet Trends - Predictions For 2009

Posted by Unknown | January 02, 2009 |

More surprises from Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg and company keep springing new surprises in innovations. I wish open standards ruled the world, but Facebook Connect is so compelling that it can't be ignored. I'd like to see Data Portability prioritized a touch above full-blown privacy, but Facebook's relatively tame version of portability is getting real traction while others are stuck in the land of promises and proofs of concept.

Enhanced Life-streaming: the explosion of the news-feed powered Facebook to the experimental polling technology of FriendFeed, 2008 was a big year for the "Lifestream" - the technology of aggregating data from all your activities on different social networks around the web. No one summed it up better than Mark Krynsky in his Lifestream Blog post The Year in Life-streaming for 2008. In 2009, I'll be watching the parties above, but also MovableType's Motion, social media ping server Gnip, etc.

OpenID Gets More Support From Big Companies: Owing to the dominance of Facebook, Big companies will have incentive to give OpenID more support. MySpace, AOL, Yahoo - all have made meaningful moves to support OpenID before, but now that Facebook is clearly dominating them all, I expect to see these companies make bigger moves towards OpenID and other standards.

RealTime Integrations: New real-time web app launched that will integrate Twitter, FriendFeed & more in ways we never could have imagined. Google Chrome adds of them is a Google plugin that lets you integrate Google Mail, Reader, & other Google products/services right into the browser.

What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments, so we can check who has gloating rights at the end of 2009!

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