Max Freiert

Internet All Stars '01: Where are they now?

"Bootylicious" was dominating the airwaves , Rush Hour 2 was battling American Pie 2 for box office (if not artistic) greatness and the US was more concerned about stem cells than homeland security. It was August in 2001, and just because the Internet bubble had already burst, the internet itself was still going strong. With a full six years of technological growth and consumer adoption, how has the internet changed?

"Believe" this game sells consoles; 22% of 360 shoppers check out Halo 3

I started to grasp the magnitude of Halo 3 when I was watching FutureWeapons on the Discovery Channel, and Richard Machowicz all but gave a demo of the Banshee. Yes, in addition to branding a soda, and getting into arts and crafts with a massive diorama depicting the battle of John-1 1 7; they also bought out all of the advertising for a marathon run of the one show that

Price Cut Works: Xbox 360 Demand Matches Wii Demand in August

The Microsoft has been cramping the PS3′s style from the get-go. If it wasn’t advertising Gears of War on PS3 preorder pages, illustrating the 360′s cost advantage with beer, or crashing the PS3′s European launch, the company was spending beaucoup bucks on exclusive content for multi-platform games. But when Microsoft answered Sony’s $100 PS3 price reduction with one of their own in August, they not only put the Xbox 360

14 million people interacted with Facebook Applications in August

Facebook has been impressing more than just Compete over the past few months. As we reported on Tuesday, for the month of August, the social networking rising star is now ranked third in terms of pageviews, and may have started to finally pull users away from MySpace. But if Facebook was a novel, this domain level traffic would be the jacket; to get to the story you have to open

Facebook now ranked 3rd in Page Views; MySpace down nearly 20%

MySpace has enjoyed a relatively long and successful run as in a red hot sector of the internet, but it may not be long before the site has to defend this title. Facebook, having gone through big changes about every three months for the past year, may have finally started to pull users away from the incumbent. Facebook has grown not only in member base, but also in member engagement,

Wikipedia Top Articles: School's Out For Summer

In May, we highlighted top Wikipedia articles, showing that a little more than a quarter of the top 100 articles (based on the number of visits in April) were dedicated to research, with the rest focused on pop culture, TV, music and sex. An interesting analysis the original post didn’t touch on was the wide variance in traffic to top articles when comparing total visits vs. total time spent. While

Compete Vertical Wrap-Up: August 2007

Every month, the Compete Vertical teams take a deep look into issues effecting the Automotive, Financial Services, Travel and Wireless industries. These articles tend to be very industry specific, but provide good examples of how to leverage web metrics to measure consumer demand and behavior across various industries. AutoIntelligence — AUTOMOTIVE OEMS: LOSING GROUND TO THIRD-PARTY SITES Third-party automotive sites continue to grow in terms of both web traffic and

PS3 vs. 360 vs. Wii: Oh What a Difference -($100) Makes

Gamers have said it. Sales have proven it. Heck, Compete even showed it pre-launch: $600 is too much for a video game console. In July, Sony finally recognized this widespread belief and dropped the price of its 60gig PS3 to $500 last month. This certainly hasn’t caused stock boys across the world to dust off the PS3 surplus with any sense of urgency (and probably won’t), but could $499 be

Top Social Networks: The Summer of Social?

Facebook may be the darling of the web 2.0 press, but it was MySpace that grabbed the most attention from consumers in June. While it’s no surprise that MySpace has retained its lead in the Social Networking Ranks, its large spike in June attention showed that the site may have more room to grow. In April, when Facebook improved its share of attention by 23%, we highlighted where this traffic

The Compete Blog Is the People's Blog

When we put up yesterday’s political post, we anticipated someone mentioning Ron Paul, specifically that we neglected to include him in the analysis. But 12 comments in 18 hours deserves attention. So by popular vote, Ron Paul can now add "Analyzed in the Compete Blog Topic" to his long list of accomplishments. Let me preface this with an explanation for why he was left out in the last post. The

Compete Vertical Wrap-Up – July 2007

Every month, the Compete Vertical teams take a deep look into issues effecting the Automotive, Financial Services, Travel and Wireless industries. These articles tend to be very industry specific, but provide good examples of how to leverage web metrics to measure consumer demand and behavior across various industries. AutoIntelligence — The Configurator: Building More Engaged Prospects Most OEM websites offer consumers the ability to configure vehicles online. This functionality enables