Monthly Archives: January 2007

Audible.com — Worth listening to?

It was the year 2000, and I was in love. It wasn’t another supermodel or a figure skater, but a website for audio books called Audible. You see, I had been an avid reader for most of my adult life, but I was working full time and going to b-school at night, so my busy life left me starved for pleasure reading. Then Audible walked into my life. Audible’s library

The holidays were kind to Google and AOL but not so for the rest of the pack

It appears that the perennial holder of the fifth spot, AOL, may have turned the corner back in August. AOL search market share has improved for the past 4 months. Unfortunately for AOL there’s a pretty substantial climb to get back to year ago market share levels. Perhaps it’s time to dust off those acquisition/sale rumors "¦ Yahoo? Microsoft? "¦ Anyone? The only other positive story in December is really

Compete Blog enters the Technorati Top 10,000

Compete Blog eclipsed the 10,000 ranking barrier last night on Technorati!! Yes, five months ago this blog was ranked 1,000,000th and we said, “lets get into the top 10,000 by January”. Done. The Compete Blog is currently ranked 9,244th on Technorati. A BIG thank you to all contributors, and everyone who has linked back to our posts and the blog. We love each and every one of you. Lots more

December data has been released on SnapShot

Check out December data now on SnapShot.

December Top Movers

I’ll admit it: Sometimes I just don’t get the Internet. I had expected December’s Top Ten Mover’s list to feature Brittney’s naughty bits vs. Saddam’s final minutes in a voyeuristic showdown between sex and death. But alas, it was not to be. Other than the obscure, GoBritney.com, which doesn’t even appear to feature any of the infamous "oops" photos, neither Ms. Spears nor Mr. Hussein made much of an impact.

HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray: LG's Combo Player Not Sweet Music for Sony

While svelte HDTVs are flying off store shelves, their companion next generation DVD players of the rival Blu-ray and HD-DVD varieties have collected more dust than interest since their introduction last year. Many had expected the introduction of the PS3 (which doubles as a Blu-ray player) to tip the scales resoundingly in Blu-ray’s favor. Despite claims this week of victory by Blu-ray backers, there is mounting evidence to the contrary.

eBay: Not quite as much "IT" as one might hope

I am proud to say that I was one of the early adopters of eBay way back at the beginning of internet time. Setting aside my extensive poetic license, I’ve been a pretty big fan of the eBay way for a long time. However, in recent years I’ve become a little disenchanted. More often than not it seems that I can find a better deal on the same product at

Blog Dashboard Widget for Mac OS X – Fresh from Compete Labs

Stay up to date with the Compete Blog using this tasty Dashboard Widget. Sorry only for Mac OS X users! To install the widget just download the zip archive, unzip, and double-click the CompeteBlog.wdgt file. Once you’ve installed it make sure to check it every day! » Download your copy here: Compete Blog RSS Widget Thanks to Competer David Cancel for contributing this widget.

Technorati Holding Its Ground Against Google

Hitwise recently released data claiming that Google Blog Search surpassed Technorati in market share of US Internet visits during the week ending 12/23/06. The report found its way on to many prominent insight sources (GigaOM, Battellemedia, and Techcrunch), but did not align with Compete data. We wanted to share our observations before anyone starts shorting Technorati. To the point"¦. Based on Compete data, Technorati continues to hold a significant lead

Travelistic.com: A specialized video-sharing site

At the end of October, Travelistic.com launched as a new travel community site featuring user generated videos, media sharing, travel blogging, and social networking. With Google‘s success in the search market, a new class of specialized, vertical-focused search engines emerged in an attempt to carve out their own slice of the search pie. Similarly, in the wake of video-sharing site YouTube.com getting acquired for $1.6 billion, it is no surprise

Zillow unveils new offering

Many of you might have heard of Zillow.com — the innovative real estate focused site that allows one to obtain a "Zestimate" of a residential property’s market value based on the company’s proprietary formula. However, what you might not know is that Zillow recently unveiled a significant enhancement to its site that enables home owners and real estate agents to list homes for sale. Unlike other listing services, Zillow’s new