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Threadwatch Is Shutting Down

Posted by Melanie Phung on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 7:46 pm

A while back I asked the question, how does a blog (or blog-like site) bow out gracefully? Not sure if this works for most sites, but this is how Aaron Wall did it on Threadwatch: Closing Threadwatch This Friday. That’s right, Threadwatch is going away (in part because Aaron’s friends shamelessly spammed him?).

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Category: Industry Buzz

Failure vs. Fiasco

Posted by Melanie Phung on Monday, June 25, 2007 at 9:21 pm

A while back I read this in a newsletter (don’t recall which one) and I clipped it. I think it’s a quote from the movie Elizabethtown:

As somebody once said…there’s a difference between a failure…and a fiasco. A failure is simply the non-presence of success. Any fool can accomplish failure.

But a fiascoā€¦A fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions. A fiasco is a folktale told to others… that makes other people feel more alive… because it didn’t happen to them.

Apropos nothing…

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Category: Quote of the Week

Google Job in DC

Posted by Melanie Phung on Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 11:10 pm

Hey fellow Washingtonian Googlephiles, just saw a job on Yahoo HotJobs for a Google Product Marketing Manager. Go check it out if you’re interested or look for other Google jobs in DC (they’ve got stuff for librarians, lobbyists and a few things in between).

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Search Engine Market Share for May 2007

Posted by Melanie Phung on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 9:07 pm

Nielsen//NetRatings today reported its market share data for the top 10 search engines. Google, no surprise, continues to lead with Nielsen NetRatings reporting 4.03 billion searches having been conducted on Google last month. That translates to nearly 45% year over year growth and 56.3% of total U.S. market share.

Yahoo Search is in second place with a little over 1.5 billion searches and 21.5% of the total. MSN trails a distant third with only 8.4% of all U.S. searches conducted on the Windows Live search engine. Rounding out the top 5 search engines are AOL Search and, with 5.3% and 2.5% of search market share, respectively.

At the bottom of the list is the search aggregator Dogpile, which saw fewer net searches than the previous year, with year over year growth a -10.6%.

HitWise, a competing market research firm, also released its May search data today. According to HitWise, in May Google captured a whopping 65.1% of all U.S. searches, up from 59.3% last year. The number of searches attributed by HitWise to Yahoo are in line with Nielsen’s data: 20.9%, a figure that’s down slightly from May 2006. And MSN/Live Search garnered 8.4% of searches, down from 12.1% of marketshare 12 months prior. fared a little better based on HitWise data, with 3.9% of the market compared to 2.5% that Nielsen reported. Either way, IAC’s continues to lose market share to the bigger players.

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Category: Data,Google,User Behavior,Yahoo

June Is Internet Safety Month

Posted by Melanie Phung on Friday, June 15, 2007 at 9:29 am

Okay, so the month is already half over, and it’s a non-binding resolution, and there isn’t any funding to support any initiatives, but U.S. legislators (well, a hundred of them at least) are really, really serious about keeping us safe from cybercrime: I just learned the Senate passed a resolution designating June as ‘National Internet Safety Month’. Wait, let me be more specific — June 2007 is National Internet Safety Month. And to think I wasted the last two weeks not celebrating Internet safety.

The full text of the resolution reads:

Whereas there are more than 1,000,000,000 Internet users worldwide;

Whereas, in the United States, 35,000,000 children in kindergarten through grade 12 have Internet access;

Whereas approximately 80 percent of the children of the United States in grades 5 through 12 are online for at least 1 hour per week;

Whereas approximately 41 percent of students in grades 5 through 12 do not share with their parents what they do on the Internet;

Whereas approximately 24 percent of students in grades 5 through 12 have hidden their online activities from their parents;

Whereas approximately 31 percent of the students in grades 5 through 12 have the skill to circumvent Internet filter software;

Whereas 61 percent of the students admit to using the Internet unsafely or inappropriately;

Whereas 20 percent of middle school and high school students have met face-to-face with someone they first met online;

Whereas 23 percent of students know someone who has been bullied online;

Whereas 56 percent of parents feel that online bullying of children is an issue that needs to be addressed;

Whereas 47 percent of parents feel that their ability to monitor and shelter their children from inappropriate material on the Internet is limited; and

Whereas 61 percent of parents want to be more personally involved with Internet safety: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate–

(1) designates June 2007 as `National Internet Safety Month’;

(2) recognizes that National Internet Safety Month provides the citizens of the United States with an opportunity to learn more about–

(A) the dangers of the Internet; and

(B) the importance of being safe and responsible online;

(3) commends and recognizes national and community organizations for–

(A) promoting awareness of the dangers of the Internet; and

(B) providing information and training that develops critical thinking and decision-making skills that are needed to use the Internet safely; and

(4) calls on Internet safety organizations, law enforcement, educators, community leaders, parents, and volunteers to increase their efforts to raise the level of awareness for the need for online safety in the United States.

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Category: Data