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Search queries grow by 55 percent

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday February 13, 2006 )

According to Nielsen Netratings, the total number of search queries to around 60 search engines in the USA increased 55% from December 2004 compared to December 2005 – thats an increase from 3.3 billion searches to over 5 billion!

Google continues to increase market share (more…)


Browser stats, IE 7 Beta 2 preview

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday February 1, 2006 )

According to the latest browser usage statistics released by OneStat, Firefox uptake slowed during January, in fact, IE had somewhat of a rebound on November, but I don’t think it’s anywhere near enough for Billy and his team to crack open a bottle of bubbly or for Steve to perform his victory dance :). (more…)


Yahoo strikes back

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday January 26, 2006 )

Yesterday, I mentioned that according to a Bloomberg article which quoted a senior Yahoo exec, the company had no designs on eclipsing Google in search.

Well, it seems like that was the opinion of perhaps a minority of Yahoo senior staff (more…)


Yahoo rolls over to Google

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday January 25, 2006 )

This is sad. According to Yahoo’s Chief Financial Officer Susan Decker, Yahoo is prepared to continue to play second fiddle to Google, and in fact has no aspiration to be numero uno in search. (more…)


Search engine subpoenas

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday January 22, 2006 )

Microsoft Corp., (MSN Search), Yahoo Inc. and America Online Inc, 3 of the 4 major search engines, have acknowledged that they were recently subpoenaed and supplied requested search data to the US Government (more…)


Email woes in the workplace

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday January 13, 2006 )

Email is such a convenient and efficient communications medium… well, isn’t it?

Not so, according to the results of a survey conducted by Harris Interactive for Fortiva.

According to the report, 59% of employed adults using email at work (more…)


Flesh and chips – RFID

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday January 9, 2006 )

Ugh, I really don’t know what to make of this. It seems that some people are having RFID chips implanted under their skin – by choice.

RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) chips are already widely in use, usually to enable data to be transmitted for the purposes of (more…)


Browser battles – statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday January 5, 2006 )

How did things shape up at the end of 2005 in relation to browser usage? My favorite resource for this, TheCounter.com shows the following figures based on over 68 million visitors for the month of December: (more…)


Men, women and the Internet

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday December 29, 2005 )

Pew Internet & American Life Project has just released a huge report on how women and men use the Internet. Amongst the interesting results is the finding that young women (more…)


Telecommuting- are we there yet?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday December 28, 2005 )

I have worked from a home office environment full time for just over 4 years now, thanks to the Internet. I had almost forgotten what it was like to commute to and from the city daily until (more…)