Andrew Meagher

O'Reilly Vs. Olbermann

With his recent unapologetic criticisms of Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and George W. Bush striking a chord with viewers, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann (host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann) has seen a huge boost in popularity. Videos of his commentaries are frequently featured on blogging sites and have enjoyed tens of thousands of views on YouTube. Members of the administration are not the only ones on Olbermann’s hit list. Fox News

Fall Television Making Waves Online

The new fall television season was already making waves in Week 38 (Sept 17"”23) with several TV-oriented websites showing significant increases in traffic. Leading the way in terms of growth with a 505% increase in unique visitors was culinary cutie Rachael Ray, whose new syndicated show debuted with strong ratings that week. But the real winner for the week was Not only did the network’s primary site welcome an

SnapShot Is Coming

When you have tools that help you analyze patterns of Internet usage, you can learn some amazing things about human behavior. Those of us who work at Compete have access to these tools all the time, and it’s a pretty cool part of our jobs. Within the next 30 days we’ll be unveiling SnapShot, which will give you the chance to view the same data that we use to monitor

Music Videos, Sitcom Stars, Naked People

Once upon a time there was a cable channel that only showed music videos, and some say they were responsible for saving the music industry in the 80’s. That channel was called MTV, MUSIC Television. But sometime in the early 90’s they abandoned videos in favor of their own programming (Real World, Road Rules, etc.) and the "M" in MTV became less and less significant. Into the void stepped Fuse,

Fine Living

By more than doubling the number of people hitting the site, made its way into our Top Ten movers list with over a quarter-million visitors in Week 29. The site is the web presence for Fine Living Television Network, a cable TV channel targeted at those who want to live, and can presumably afford, the good life. They describe themselves as “the first television network dedicated to inspiring and

50 Million MySpace Fans Can’t Be Interesting

Before MySpace there were other Social Networking platforms (Friendster, Facebook) and there were plenty of ways to put up a website or blog for free (Angelfire, GeoCities, Blogspot). But somehow by combining just the right mix of elements, MySpace struck a chord with people. It was and still is a cool idea — providing the people with a forum to connect with others while telling the world about themselves. We


By now you’ve heard of, if not visited, the video content site that makes it possible for that footage of your roommate from college trying to skateboard while drinking to be seen by millions of people. We wrote about it back in February, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you should. As popular as the site has become, it’s not the only game in town when it

Operation Million Cup

Whether you’re operating a jackhammer or typing at a computer for a living, chances are you need a little boost to help you get through your day. And if you’re an American, it’s a safe bet that your boost of choice is highly-caffeinated. Never mind what they tell you about the cost of gasoline, coffee is truly the fuel that runs this nation. And now, a specialty online coffee


Imagine being a 24 year old Superbowl champion quarterback with millions in the bank and the world at your feet. You’re cruising through life, speeding along, wind in your hair… Feels great, right? Now imagine your teeth imbedded in the windshield of a Chrysler New Yorker, or in the pavement, or both. Does it still feel great? Well, maybe it does. After all, you can probably afford a pretty good

More Mother's Day

Turns out that florist sites weren’t the only ones getting last minutes visits from frantic sons and daughters. Electronic greeting card sites, where you can send free e-cards, also saw huge surges in traffic. Check out the numbers: — 2,442,859 visitors — 2,409,062 visitors — 1,150,021 visitors — 942,103 visitors,, also had significant increases. Your mom carried you for nine months, changed your

Mums for Mum

Mother’s Day: A day to show your mom how much you appreciate all she’s done for you by waiting until the very last minute, then ordering a bouquet of flowers online. At least that’s what it looks like judging from the numbers we’ve seen. At least four flower-buying websites had huge increases in the number of visitors during the week of Mother’s Day. Leading the way was old stalwart