The company of statistics web Compete, has published an interesting post that shows us which are the 20 most popular web sites of The United States. The interesting thing is that only this elite of 20 websites overcame 20 million unique visitors in the last October. The graph clarifies it:
Digg is for sale and not precisely for bargain. Michael Arrington asks for his creation the amazing quantity of 150 million dollars, something that doesnâ€™t seem to convince the possible buyers, between whom (it is said) is News Corporation.
And even when nobody denies that Digg should be one of the Web 2.0 pioneers, is discussed that they have so much traffic as says. Digg assures they have 20 million unique users a month and continue increasing. But ComScore’s external statistics, registered in September only 1.3 millions unique users, and a growth reduced from April. Of course, ComScore is not excessively trustworthy, but the difference is too big.
The certain thing is that, sooner or later, Digg was going to sell. Simply it doesnâ€™t turn out to be profitable and there is no one who supports the costs of broad band that they suppose. To have an idea, it is supposed that they use 75 servers to do the work of 25.
Google has just throw a new service (in beta), called Google Custom Search Engine (Googleâ€™s Personalize Seeker).
Actually, more than a new service, itâ€™s the improvement of ” Adsense for search ” and also looks like the response to a very seemed service that Yahoo! offers. Between Google Co-op’s principal characteristics we have:
- Define search engine
- Refine searches (tags)
- Add logo
- Change result color and styles (title, text, links, and more)
- Include AdSense ads.
- Invite up to 100 collaborators for the seeker maintenance
- Available API
The impetus of Google in developing their Internet strategy is motivating the two other Internet giants.
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, has declared that with Google itâ€™s difficult to find and to incorporate new and better talents. Thatâ€™s why, they have decided to increase their next year budget for research and development to 7.5 billion dollars, which are 1.3 billion dollars more than they declared a few months ago behind, in May.
By the other hand, today Yahoo has realized an acquisition and an investment. They know that the competition in Internet has increased and are prepared for it. In addition, for almost one month, Yahoo is in conversations to acquire Facebook (for 1 billion dollars); even when these conversations have cooled because Facebook requests a higher offer.
Yesterday they signed the contract and today services are announced… According to the British diary dailymail, YouTubeâ€™s users might get a slice of the advertising revenue on the pages containing their uploaded videos. Will it be AdSense? There is nothing confirmed yet, but witch other system could be.
YouTube has turned into one of the most popular sites in the net, with more than 100 millions of video clips seen per day and approximately 72 millions of users.
On the other hand, many people think that the acquisition of YouTube’s by Google could make force on Yahoo in order to buy Facebook, the second most popular social site in Internet. As said by the diary, Yahoo! has offered approximately US$ 790 million dollars for Facebook (application very used by university students who store their information and also share with friends).
Even when searches, in Yahoo! are losing market in comparison with Google, to call people to create their own content really can give result.
Business 2.0 has published an interesting article about Yahoo Answersâ€™s success, considered the second most popular site of information on Internet, only after the Wikipedia.
In June, Yahoo Answers had more than 12 million unique visitors, 35 per cent more than the previous month (to have a clearer idea, YouTube had 13.4 million visitors in June).
Which is the secret of Yahoo Answers’s success?