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Widget Growth Driven By Social Networks

Users of widgets are more likely to receive them from friends than from companies that created them, according to a new report from JupiterResearch, "Widgets: Delivering Applications Users Want." User between the ages of 18-24 are six times more likely to receive widgets from friends than from a company.

TV, Internet Video Continue Growth

Television viewing during the 2006-2007-television year stayed at the record levels set in the previous year, while the number of homes with Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) more than doubled according to the Nielsen Company.

IAC: Ask.com Growth Offset By Lending Tree

Search & Media performed well for IAC, but the continued troubles in the housing market reduced the impact of Ask’s gains.

The Skype Phone

Skype, the internet phone service, is all about disruption.

Nokia: Content Fuels Mobile Growth

Cell phone maker Nokia says that content for the mobile Internet is an important factor in attracting more mobile phone users.

Facebook Growth Rate Adjusted Down

No company can hope to have more customers than there are people on the earth.  Before hitting that limit, though, it looks like Facebook could run into some other issues, and they may cause Microsoft to have second thoughts about its $240 million investment.

An Ad Platform, But Not As We Know It

If you are a professional marketeer feeling anxious about the ever-encroaching algo-driven power of Google’s search platform I’ve got some good news and some bad news.  Let’s start with the bad news. 

Tim Armstrong Sees Toronto Agency Growth

Google’s North American president of advertising, Tim Armstrong, is quoted in a Globe and Mail article today as seeing a proliferation of ad agency jobs as a result of Google’s dominance of the online ad market. Armstrong is in town to "meet with his Canadian team," according to the article.

Yahoo, Telefonica Team Up

Telefonica has sponsorship ties to F1 racing, and for that reason, I’m inclined to like the company.  Its main interest is in telecommunications, however, and it’s due to this connection that Telefonica partnered with Yahoo.

Selling Information Will Become a High Touch Industry

Newspapers Going Free

The NYT just went free and likely the WSJ will follow. Once something goes free it is hard to start charging for it again – just ask Prince.

Vertical Search Market Ripe For Growth

The vertical search market could see significant growth by adding new features, improving content and forming partnerships with existing Web sites according to a new report from JupiterResearch, "Vertical Search: Learning Lessons from Shopping."

MySpace’s Numbers Slipping

Every time we mention the Facebook hype, we’re obliged to point out that MySpace is still used by far more people.  But MySpace’s margin of victory is slipping, and new data from Compete indicates that its pageviews decreased by 20 percent between July and August.

Big Growth for Social Networking App Market

In 2006 the social networking application market was relatively small, reaching $46.8 million, according to a new study by IDC.

Ripl Receives $4.25 Million

More pressing, I think, than the question of how much wood a woodchuck can chuck is the matter of how many social networks the World Wide Web can withstand.  It seems we’re rapidly approaching the point at which there’ll be one per person.  And with a fresh $4.25 million in its pocket, Ripl may soon be ready to contribute to the crowding.

Google Korea Sees (Sort Of) Impressive Growth

A recent wave of articles documented Google’s lack of market share in South Korea – this corresponds to an apparent lack of success.  And, while I can’t argue with that conclusion, there are signs that Google could still turn things around.

Facebook Growth Takes Off

Social networking site Facebook saw an increase in traffic from14 million visitors per month to 26 million after they opened registration to the general public according to a study from comScore.

Mobile Video To Drive Growth

Mobile video and IPTV will drive growth in the telecom industry over the next year, according to a survey by Tellabs and Telephony magazine.

Google’s Market Share Growth Slows

Hitwise reports that Google’s market share for May is 65.13%. While fielding nearly two thirds of all US searches is definitely not a bad thing, Google’s market share didn’t grow over April 2007. In fact, it actually declined 0.13 percentage points. While the amount is minuscule (representing 0.2% of their market share), for the first time in recent months, some of the other major search engines actually gained market share.

The Growth Of Online Video

Daily usage of online video increased by 56 percent over the past year according to an online Magid Media Futures survey.

Portable PCs Drive Market Growth

PC shipments are expected to reach 356.7 million globally in 2011, an increase from 256.7 million in 2007, according to IDC’s "Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker" report.

The Growth of Web Widgets

The WSJ has a report (sub) on comScore’s latest study on the growth of web widgets.