People Search For Facebook?

Experian Hitwise LogoBusiness intelligence company Experian Hitwise recently released the top 10 searched for brands in the UK. Top of the pile came internet giants Facebook, YouTube and eBay with four British brands showing; catalogue store Argos, fashion shop Next, news and media organisation the BBC and tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail.

Here’s the full top 10.

  1. Facebook
  2. YouTube
  3. eBay
  4. Amazon
  5. Argos
  6. BBC
  7. Google
  8. Hotmail
  9. Daily Mail
  10. Next

According to Hitwise, around 2% of all searches in the UK were for “facebook”, and variants such as “facebook login” and “fb” made three of the top 10 searches overall.

While it’s not 100% clear from the press release how the data was gathered and what search engines were involved, the research suggests that lots of people use search engines in preference to the address bar, even when the web page is simply the brand plus .com or .co.uk. You can begin to see why there is so much money to be made from advertising in search: every time one of these people goes to a web site, they’re using Google, Bing or Yahoo to get there.

Frankly, the one that really amazes me is “google” at #7. People are using search to find a search engine? This doesn’t make sense and my only thought is that large numbers of people don’t know that it’s possible to reset their default search engine (or home page). Consequently, they’re using Bing to find Google instead of changing the settings in their web browser. Amazing. If anyone has any alternative thoughts, let me know in the comments.

MySpace Loses Even More Ground, Gets Dropped From Windows Live

Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse for MySpace, the once-king of social networks, it’s now official that Microsoft is giving them the boot from their Windows Live services.  MySpace was once one of the prominent social services that Live users could connect to, thereby importing and exporting status updates via Windows Live Messenger and importing MySpace contacts into both Messenger and Hotmail.

However, it seems Microsoft has recently sent an email to all Live users who had connected MySpace accounts to notify them that these import/export services will be ceasing within the next few weeks.  They even point out in their message that this will have no effect on other social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn – it’s strictly MySpace that is getting the boot.

Both Messenger and Hotmail are two of Microsoft’s most popular properties, but it’s unlikely this email went to very many of their users, and those who did receive it will likely be hearing the death knell for MySpace.  That’s the sound that most of the world heard a while back.  A copy of the email, which was posted earlier by Neowin, can be seen below.

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Why Hotmail Survives

Todd likes to ask the question, “why is __________ still around?”  He asked it last week about Hotmail.  It’s not a huge mystery if you work in academics.

Hotmail, in the form of “Windows Live” email, exists on a great number of campuses across the country, providing student email that (in theory) integrates with other campus business systems (like class registration, emergency notification, and content delivery).  When clicking on the “student email” link on our college’s home page, students are taken to a page that says Hotmail on one side, and Windows Live on the other.  Their activated login for the mail is their passport to other sites within our system, as well as within Microsoft’s Passport experience.

As long as Microsoft has this link to colleges and universities, Hotmail will live on.

Back in the day, Hotmail was where it was at.  It was one of the first, and most robust, web-based free email systems, and people signed up in droves.  There were problems, yes, but it was still better than needing to be at your own personal computer in order to get your mail.  It eventually offered pop3 access as well, and then the Passport came along, and it was all good.  Not perfect, but good.  And many many people used Hotmail.  It was easy to set up, it was reasonably good at catching spam after the first few years, and it didn’t have down time.  As time went along, other free offerings hit the market.

And Microsoft was smart.  When gmail became available, they knew they were going to take a hit.  The only way to survive was the change the business model, and make Hotmail relevant.  They did that by providing Windows Live to college campuses, creating a model that could integrate with the already-used Exchange systems in place.  All support is handled by Microsoft or a third party, the systems are as automated as possible, and the uptime is nearly 100%.

And this is why Hotmail survives.  And if you’re a college student, you might be using it every day.

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IMing Not a Waste of Time

IMing, shorthand for Instant Messaging, could waste a lot of valuable business time. Even though IM could be a digital replacement to the office water cooler, replacing the physical congregating to swap office gossip and the athletic spreads, IM seems to be used appropriately.

While some users think that their quick-fire messages can’t be monitored by the boss, but more than two-thirds rightly think that their messages can be traced.

Dave’s Opinion
I think it’s specifically because IM can be traced that we’re using it primarily for business-related work. Sure, it’s a bit like e-mail, but it has the benefit of reciprocal conversation, just like a phone call or face-to-face meeting.

I recommend the Trillian IM app.

Call for Comments
What do you think? Do you use IM on the job? Leave your comments below.

References
Trillian