My time on Google not the norm of other surfers

I ran across this blog via Scobleizer’s blog article “Big gadget sites don’t link to blogs – with updates”, its a blog called – The Last Podcast . This blog had an interesting post about time we spend online and where. I myself never ever stray from Google, can’t stand MSN, Yahoo, or any of the others for searching. Now, I admit I have had a Yahoo email account since at least 1996, while I was at EKU. And I do like their egroups ( because no one else has made a better alternative yet) but for surfing and all my other Internet activity…. its Google all the way.

I remember the first time I saw Google; in the Library at EKU some time back in 1996 or so. I recall thinking “wow, that is some cool looking search engine”. At that time, for my internet surfing at home, I was still stuck using Lynx ( the text only browser) for surfing the Internet. Do you remember LYNX? (Surprisingly, I found the webpage for an older download from 2004, but I do not know if this still works.)

The chart is surpising to me, 39% of the pie chart is broken up as follows:

11.9% is Myspace ( Does not anyone see how absolutely horrid that site is?) In my opinion, WordPress is the only way to blog socially, but one cant load tons of crude on there.

8.5% is Yahoo.com ( to me, Yahoo as a search engine just seems a bit archaic, but that is just me and I am no geek)

3.7% each for MSN and Ebay ( another surprise is that eBay is not higher!)

Google ranks in at 2.1 %, slightly above AOL! This seems wrong for some reason. I just thought everyone one used Google, I mean look at the perks they give their employees! I had originally thought a few months ago that the place to work was Yahoo, the campus is great, the whole place looks like a bunch of really happy people. Then we see the report on CNN today, where the Googlers get free meals, pools, massages etc! How can they be doing that, if they only rank in at 2.1 % of the users? Why would high dollar advertisers use Google with numbers like that?
Where did the chart came from, who compiled it, what was the ranking criteria?

Okay, found the website – Complete.com Blog- and they explain where they get the numbers from in the article here.

If you are interested in number crunching, this is the article for you; too much FAQs for my tiny, tired brain tonight 🙂 I am glad to have found this original post from The Last Podcast, as it has lead me to a new blog with new information, and I believe learning new things is very important ( even if I can not always understand the info)

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Frederic
    Jan 28, 2007 @ 00:11:59

    Kystorm,

    Some good thoughts there. I think what you have to keep in mind is that this is “time spend” on those sites. That is, there are probably just as many people who use google as there are myspace users (I am just guessing here, but this is just to make a general point). However, when you go to myspace, you spend a lot of time there. I don’t – horrid site that it is – but for many, myspace is the epitome of the web. Now if you go to google, you find a site and move on.

    Also, even though people spend a lot of time on myspace and using yahoo, they aren’t necessarily making money for those companies, while google is making pretty much all of its money from its Adsense advertising program which runs on millions of sites. That’s how they can finance massages for all their employees.

    I am actually more suprised that people spend so much time on Walmart.com and neopets.com (had never heard of that). And why does the Bank of America rate so highly?

    Anyway – thanks for the link and sorry for the ranting 🙂

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  2. kystorms
    Jan 28, 2007 @ 19:28:49

    Hello Frederic
    Glad to meet you. You are probably right, and since this land seems overrun with teenagers and such, I can see who is using the myspace so much. I just hate being in the minority LOL.I also wondered about the Bank of America, they must have some customer database!
    Come back anytime and rant away 🙂
    Oh, and neopets is a online place where kids can keep pets, like the neopets you see in the stores. like a digianimal.

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