Robin Goad Articles

Hitwise Supplies Info On Google-Facebook Email Clash
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Many analysts believe that Facebook will essentially declare war on Google later today, launching an email product that will compete with – and perhaps overthrow – Gmail.  So this morning, Experian Hitwise Research Director Robin Goad weighed in with some stats pertaining to the possible conflict.

FriendFeed Gets a Lot of Traffic from Twitter
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There is a lot of discussion going on about Facebook, FriendFeed, Twitter, and real-time search. This is to be expected since yesterday it was announced that Facebook is acquiring FriendFeed.

Businesses Far From Ready For Mother’s Day

A reassuring note to our American readers: Mother’s Day isn’t until May 11th.  You didn’t miss it.  A note to our audience in the UK: you guys have got until March 2nd.  Better start moving.  And everyone, everywhere, should start thinking about Mother’s Day SEO.

UK Newspaper Sites Receive Extra Traffic

Print may or may not be dying; we’ll save that debate for another day.  What we’re sure of, though, is that online versions of newspapers are doing well, with UK visits to such sites rising significantly last week.

Hitwise: LinkedIn Pretty Classy Place
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If you want to contact someone about a job, it’s not a good idea to throw a sheep at him (or her) on Facebook.  A better alternative, according to new Hitwise data, is to contact the person through LinkedIn.

Two Percent Of UK Traffic Heads To Facebook

Due to the state of the American economy, we’re getting used to seeing "down" graphs.  Not everything would make a good left-to-right ski slope, however, and a representation of UK Internet traffic to Facebook would be absolutely terrible.

Traffic To Divorce Sites Up After Christmas

Does your wife nag?  Your husband snore?  If you’re noticing lots of small, irritating qualities (or big nasty ones) in a significant other, you’re not alone; the latest research from Hitwise found that traffic to divorce websites has nearly tripled since Christmas.Traffic To Divorce Sites Up After Christmas

UK’s Travel-Related Searches On The Rise

At the moment, it’s supposedly rainy and about 48 degrees Fahrenheit in London.  That doesn’t sound too bad, really, but it could be better, and so people in the UK are performing more travel-related searches.UK's Travel-Related Searches On The Rise

Google Checkout Passes PayPal In UK
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eBay’s not likely to turn its back on PayPal; the auction company does, after all, own the payment business.  But that hasn’t kept others corporations from exploring their options, and in the UK, Google Checkout has become more popular than PayPal.