Yearly Archives: 2007

At $300 million – each Digg unique visitor is worth $16.30

Is Digg close to a $300 million sale? Good thing Digg didn’t sell itself a year ago. Digg has performed spectacularly in the past 12 months. All key user and engagement metrics are up dramatically for the site: Now I know Facebook and Digg are fundamentally different services, it’s an interesting head to head comparison nevertheless: Even though Digg’s and Facebook’s unique visitor numbers aren’t that far apart, the engagement

So who's doing all this searching anyway?

For the past few weeks I’ve been peeling back the layers on the search onion to understand a few questions. How effective are each of the engines? How do people use search? Who is using search? I’ve shared a few tidbits of these musings on the blog including a post on "search fulfillment" that raised a few hackles and more recently a post on "navigational search." In the interest of

Which States are most Tuned-in to Next Year's Election?

With roughly 60 days until the first votes are cast in the 2008 presidential election, the remaining Democratic and GOP candidates are crisscrossing the country in search of support, while concentrating their organizational and financial resources on a handful of early contest states. The map and table below compare interest in the election across the lower 48 states (sorry Hawaii and Alaska) as gauged by the percentage of people in

Financial Services Search Metrics: "Mutual Fund" Search Terms Increase Growth Rate

More here: Financial Services Advisor – Monthly financial services insights from Compete

Who Has a Crush on MySpace?

Who had more sponsored link impressions than eBay and IAC in September and August? If you guessed Google, nice try but guess again. This company had more than Google itself and, what’s more, came from zilch in July, growing by 209,950%. Hang out on MySpace a lot? You’re getting closer. Ever tried clicking on one of these? Maybe you couldn’t resist"¦ Don’t worry you’re not alone. In September alone, 12,801,186

Web Analytics of Hurricane Katrina

We all know the story. On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama causing extensive loss of life and tremendous property damage. Nearly two thousand people died. Two years later, the region, particularly New Orleans, still hasn’t fully recovered. We wanted to see how a major storm like Katrina affected people’s use of the Internet. Compete analyzed use of weather related web

OpenSocial — Should Facebook really be worried and what are the next big apps?

The Facebook application platform took the social networking scene by storm for the past few months. But with MySpace (the largest social network in the US by a magnitude of 3) now on board with OpenSocial, it’s essentially everyone against Facebook. How will this impact the social networking sector overall? We took a look at the heavy users of Facebook, Myspace, and the top 5 OpenSocial partners (as of last

Happy 1st Birthday! – site stats

For some reason, this is more exciting to some of us than our real birthdays! Tell us how we can improve! As we continue to invest in fine tuning and improving our products, metrics, etc. the most important thing to us is to be more useful to YOU. We’d like to hear from you how we can improve Please leave a comment, or email us with your feedback and

Buying Telco? Buy Online

At some point in time, nearly every US adult will purchase a telecommunications product or service. While consumers in regional markets generally have only a few providers to choose from, consumers have a number of choices when it comes to how they purchase these services. In August, Compete surveyed 1,511 recent telecom shoppers online about researching and buying products and services in four categories: mobile phones/plans, broadband/high-speed Internet, home phone/landline

Traffic Numbers Behind the Rockies Ticket Site Crash

I have to start this post with a shout-out to the Boston Red Sox, the 2007 World Series Champions. As a Bostonian myself and the sister and sister-in-law of Denverites, this year’s World Series was the center of a pretty heated family feud. I am glad to report that the better team came out victorious. Like nearly every other Denverite, my siblings were hoping to score coveted tickets to one

Top-50 Websites – Ranked by Unique Visitors;, Facebook, Flickr sky rocketing