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U.S. Mobile Internet Use Sees Big Increase

The number of people using their mobile device to access news and information online more than doubled from January 2008 to January 2009, according to comScore.

Among the 63.2 million people who accessed news and information on their mobile devices in January 2009, 22.4 million (35%) did so daily; more than double the size of the audience last year.

Yahoo More Popular Than Google In Japan
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In January, 6.8 billion searches were done in Japan, representing a 9 percent increase compared to a year ago and the highest monthly search volume on record.

Yahoo sites took the top spot in search with 3.5 billion searches during the month, up from 13 percent from the previous year, followed by Google sites with 2.6 billion searches (up 5%) and Rakuten with 153 million searches (up 38%). Excite Japan had the strongest growth of any search property in the top ten, growing 362 percent compared to a year ago to 52 million searches.

Economy Shapes Online Search Behavior

Searches for a number of terms related to the economic downturn have shown significant gains in the past year, according to comScore.

The most notable increases were searches relating to the declining job market, including searches using the term "unemployment" (up 206 percent to 8.2 million searches) and "unemployment benefits" (up 247 percent to 748,000 searches).

Compete Confirms Tiny Chink In Google’s Armor
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Due to the recession, the idea of a 0.3 percent drop sounds like nothing at all; plunges of 5, 10, and 20 percent are the norm now.  Still, Compete has released its description of the search market in January, and the report’s sure to turn a few heads with that exact figure. 

Google Most Visited Property In January
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Tax related Web sites had the biggest gains in traffic in the month of January with a 176 percent increase to 24.7 million visitors, according to comScore.

Career and job search sites also saw strong growth during the month. The job search category was up 42 percent to 26.7 million visitors and the career category increased 26 percent to 48.9 million visitors. The growth in both categories can largely be attributed to the increased amount of job losses.

comScore Search Report Reverses Usual Ups/Downs

comScore’s statistics concerning the search market in January have been released, and while they may not quite turn the search world on its head, some people are likely to find them disorienting.   Google’s share, for example, went down. 

The Social Networking Landscape in India and Europe
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comScore released a couple of interesting reports today. The first involves the social networking landscape in Europe. According to comScore, France in particular had a big year when it comes to social networking, growing by 45% with Facebook as the leading network.

comScore Gives Google Maps January Win
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Don’t be surprised if members of the Google Maps team start to favor comScore over competing traffic-monitoring companies.  comScore may have just helped them secure some bonuses by putting Google Maps ahead of MapQuest in terms of unique visitors.

The Online Video Picture in Germany

comScore today provided some interesting insight into online video use in Germany. Among their findings was that the country had 28 million online video viewers watching over 3 billion videos in December.

Google sites completely dominated the market share at 51%. 1.7 billion videos were viewed on YouTube alone over the month. Here’s a look at where other web properties ranked:

New Stats Indicate MySpace Stickier Than Ever
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The expression "healthy as a horse" doesn’t quite seem to apply; perhaps, post-Super Bowl, we could say "healthy as a team of Clydesdales" instead.  Regardless, MySpace has just passed on some user engagement statistics that are very impressive. 

Super Bowl Ads Drive Fans Online
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The role the Internet plays surrounding Super Bowl Sunday activities continues to be an important one, with two-thirds of those who watched the game reporting they went online at some point during the day, according to comScore.

Around 41 percent of respondents said they used the Internet during the actual game, while 33 percent logged on during halftime. Some of their Internet-related activities on game day included going online to watch this years Super Bowl ads (12%), while 8 percent said they viewed previous years ads.

Mobile Internet Growth Driven By Social Networking
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Social networking is attracting new users to the mobile Web in Europe. In November, 34 percent of mobile phone owners in Western Europe who visited social networking sites accessed social media exclusive of all other mobile Web content, according to comScore.

With 12.1 million users in Western Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K.), mobile social networking is a rapidly expanding category that grew 152 percent from November 2007 to November 2008.

Free Online Gaming Grows As Economy Struggles
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The usage of online gaming sites has grown 27 percent during the past year to 86 million visitors in December 2008, while the total time spent playing online games increased 42 percent, according to comScore.

American’s total amount of Internet time spent playing online games grew from 3.7 percent in December to 4.9 percent in December 2008.

comScore: Facebook Overtakes eBay In The UK
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This news could be considered an effect of the recession, a victory of friendship over materialism, or just the culmination of a longstanding trend.  But regardless, fresh numbers from comScore have put Facebook over eBay in the UK. 

Job Search Web Sites See Big Growth
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Job search was the fastest growing online category in the U.S. in 2008, according to comScore.

The job search category saw the number of visitors grow 51 percent to 18.8 million visitors. The final months of the year usually see a slow down in job searching activity because of the holidays, but were instead some of the most heavily trafficked months of 2008.

Global Internet Audience: One Billion and Counting
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comScore is reporting that the total global Internet audience (age 15 and older from home and work computers) has surpassed 1 billion visitors in December 2008. Take a look at what share of that is in what region:

Google Holds On As Top Property For December
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The holiday shopping season brought increased traffic to a number of categories including retail, shipping and weather sites, according to comScore Media Metrix.

Traffic to retail sites grew in December as consumers searched for holiday gifts and discounts. Jewelry/Luxury Goods/Accessories jumped 30 percent to 25 million visitors to rank as the top-gaining category for the month.

New Gmail Labs Feature Makes Organization Easier

The oldest email in any given person’s inbox probably confirms their account’s password.  After that, there may be some important note-to-self stuff.  But if the following messages are just moldy jokes or ancient conversations, some tidying up may be in order, and a new experiment in Gmail Labs should help.

Facebook Within One Year Of A Win Over MySpace?
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Mark Zuckerberg might – just maybe – want to start considering how far in advance big entertainment acts need to be booked.  Because, according to new comScore stats, it looks like his social network could be celebrating an important victory over MySpace in about twelve months.

Google Product Search Growing Quickly
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It’s likely to be a little while before Christmas traffic statistics start rolling in, but even without those numbers, it’s safe to state that Google Product Search is becoming more popular.  A measurement of growth extending through November has the service putting its rivals to shame.

Free Shipping Offers Lead To More Online Holiday Spending
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Online holiday shopping continues to be on par with last year, with spending through December 14, totaling $20.17 billion, according to comScore.

For the first fourteen days beginning December 1 (Cyber Monday), sales totaled $9 billion, up 2 percent compared to a year ago. The most recent week saw ecommerce sales slipping 2 percent.