Monthly Archives: September 2006


It’s that time of the year parents. You know the one"¦when your competition is already combing the malls of suburbia in search of the holiday must-have of 2006. 10 years ago an annoyingly giddy electronic doll named Elmo was all the rage among toddlers"”fueling mass hysteria among Santa’s little helpers (a.k.a. parents). Well those toy wizards over at Fisher-Price are at it again and have dreamt up another beauty this

Top Ten Movers: Week 34

Here are the Top Ten Movers from Week 34, August 20 — August 26. So what is going on this time of year? I’ll tell you exactly what’s going on, everyone and their sister are moving. Logically, when one moves to his/her brand new loft apartment downtown he/she then hits up ikea in order to pick up some trendy furniture. Alright, now that the place is decked out with the

Back To School

To most parents, this is the best time of the year. Unfortunately, to many scholarly children, this can be the worst time of year. Moms and Dads everywhere begin to make sure their kids are prepared for the upcoming school year by taking them for a little "back-to-school" shopping. Most kids dread that back to school trip to the mall and would rather be doing anything else"¦even cleaning their room.

5 Spot: Why you should install the Compete Firefox Extension

We released the Compete Firefox Extension earlier today! I’ve been using a development version for a couple of weeks and it rocks. 5 reasons you should install it now: SnapShot-ize your searches: This lets you "overlay" SnapShot on your search results at any of the more popular search engines. If we missed your favorite search engine please ping us and we’ll see about adding it in a future release. This

In Your Face!

In the last few weeks we have written a few times about the popularity of social networking sites. Membership at both Facebook and MySpace continues to grow rapidly. As a Facebook member since its inception, I have always heard the argument from a number of skeptical peers that it is "stalkerish." I never felt this way and vehemently defended Facebook as a good way to keep track of friends. No

Google Continues to Improve Market Share

After a somewhat restful Labor Day weekend, it’s time to get back to work! To follow up to our last post of August 23rd on Search market share, we are happy to make our data available for August 2006. Interesting Notes: * Since August of 2005 Google has improved its Search market share 12 consecutive months. * Although Google is enjoying a nice uninterrupted trend, its August gain represents its

Final Fantasy

Back in July, we gave you a taste of a Fantasy Sports piece we had been working on. Well guess what? Here for you today is the complete, unabridged version. Check it! Online fantasy sports are big"¦real big. In September of 2005 over 9.5M people in the U.S. were involved in a fantasy sports league through one of the three largest fantasy services- Yahoo, Sportsline and ESPN. To put this

Zip Zip Hooray!

When I turned 21, the one thing I was most excited about was being able to sign up for Zipcar. I realize that probably won’t win me any coolness awards, but I’m okay with that. You may be thinking, “What the heck is Zipcar?” If so, you’re not alone. Only about 32,000 people visited in July. Zipcar is a car sharing service that started out in Cambridge and Boston,