Top video sites by unique viewers in December 2008

Property Audience, 000 Videos
per Viewer
Total Internet 149,587 95.7
Google Sites 100,092 59.0
Fox Interactive Media 56,895 7.8
Yahoo! Sites 42,761 7.7
AOL LLC 31,522 6.3
Microsoft Sites 29,534 8.4
Viacom Digital 27,370 10.6
Hulu.com 24,572 9.8
Turner Network 20,499 9.0
Time Warner – Excl. AOL 17,294 2.8
CBS Corporation 14,840 3.7
Source: comScore

Top stocks and finance sites in the US

Rank Web site Domain February 2008 February 2009 Growth, YTY
1 Yahoo! Finance finance.yahoo.com 23.63% 22.21% -6%
2 MSN Money moneycentral.msn.com 8.14% 7.32% -10%
3 CNN Money money.cnn.com 2.35% 7.16% 205%
4 Scottrade www.scottrade.com 2.52% 5.48% 118%
5 TD AMERITRADE www.tdameritrade.com 5.13% 4.40% -14%
6 Fidelity Investments www.fidelity.com 4.97% 4.06% -18%
7 Vanguard www.vanguard.com 3.04% 2.42% -20%
8 Market Watch www.marketwatch.com 2.14% 2.26% 6%
9 Kitco www.kitco.com 2.03% 2.25% 11%
10 E*Financial www.etrade.com 2.75% 2.12% -23%
Source: Hitwise

Top German Online Video Sites Ranked by Total Unique Viewers in December 2008

Property Dec-2007 Dec-2008 % Change
Total Internet : Total Audience 25,955 28,516 10%
Google Sites 13,086 19,379 48%
Universal Music Group 7,160 8,552 19%
ProSiebenSat1 Sites 4,759 6,508 37%
RTL Group Sites 1,568 4,076 160%
Microsoft Sites 1,292 2,462 91%
Fox Interactive Media 2,447 2,229 -9%
Megavideo.com 161 2,068 1,183%
Warner Music 545 1,837 237%
Axel Springer AG N/A 1,569 N/A
Yahoo! Sites 1,269 1,519 20%
Source: comScore

Top video sites by videos viewed in December 2008

Property Videos, 000 Share, %
Total Internet 14,318,722 100.0
Google Sites 5,905,854 41.2
Fox Interactive Media 444,865 3.1
Yahoo! Sites 330,025 2.3
Viacom Digital 290,558 2.0
Microsoft Sites 247,903 1.7
Hulu.com 240,585 1.7
AOL LLC 197,135 1.4
Turner Network 183,948 1.3
Disney Online 148,434 1.0
ESPN 102,542 0.7
Source: comScore

Top stock ticker searches

Rank Search term Company
1 siri Sirius XM Radio Inc.
2 bac Bank of America
3 ge General Electric
4 pspm Pure Spectrum Inc
5 cxac Cross Atlantic Commodities Inc.
6 auy Yamana Gold Inc.
7 gm General Motors
8 c Citibank
9 shld Sears Holdings Corporation
10 ibm IBM
Source: Hitwise

US category upstream traffic from search engines and Google in February 2009

Category Percentage of
category traffic
from search
engines –
February 2009
Percent change
in share of
traffic from
search engines –
February2009-
February 2008
Percentage of
category traffic
from Google –
February2009
Percent change
in share of
traffic from
Google –
February2009-
February2008
Health and Medical 46.52% 4% 34.06% 16%
Travel 36.24% 10% 27.08% 22%
Shopping and Classifieds 24.54% -3% 17.49% 7%
News and Media 21.79% 2% 15.88% 13%
Entertainment 26.41% 9% 18.61% 23%
Business and Finance 20.15% 15% 14.24% 29%
Sports 15.75% 16% 11.46% 31%
Online Video 35.64% 24% 26.88% 41%
Social Networking 17.29% 10% 11.30% 25%
Source: Hitwise

Fastest-growing Web categories in December 2008

Dec-07 Dec-08 % Change
Total Audience 183,619 190,650 4
Job Search 12,445 18,826 51
Women 69,854 102,146 46
Coupons 21,624 31,574 46
Politics 8,384 11,992 43
Gay/Lesbian 2,367 3,340 41
Online Gambling 12,741 17,340 36
Radio 50,285 65,386 30
Family 55,607 71,832 29
Online Gaming 67,457 85,977 27
Classifieds 41,688 52,813 27
Source: comScore

International phone calls up 12% in 2008

Cross-border telephone traffic grew 14% in 2007 and is estimated to have grown 12% in 2008, to 384 billion minutes. Due to declining call prices, however, revenues have largely been flat. While international telephone traffic is increasing at a modest pace, Skype’s international traffic has soared: TeleGeography estimates that Skype’s cross-border traffic grew approximately 41% in 2008, to 33 billion minutes, equivalent to 8% of combined international telephone traffic, TeleGeography says.

Top Web sites in France in January 2009

Property Jan-08 Jan-09 % Change
Total Internet : Total Audience 23,243 27,074 16%
Google Sites 12,181 15,166 25%
Dailymotion.com 10,041 11,478 14%
Microsoft Sites 4,176 4,972 19%
Groupe TF1 4,231 4,795 13%
Orange Sites 1,439 4,370 204%
France Televisions Interactive 1,031 3,378 228%
AOL LLC 1,619 3,320 105%
AlloCine Sites 2,275 2,680 18%
Kewego 2,093 2,591 24%
Megavideo.com 755 2,362 213%
Source: comScore

Social Networking and Politics

Pew Internet project asked US Internet adults regarding their usage of social networks in regards to politics.

Discovered your friends’ political interests or affiliations 29%
Gotten any campaign or candidate information 22
Signed up as a friend of any candidates 10
Started or joined a political group 9
Source: Pew Internet Project

UK PC Shipments in Q4 2008

Company 4Q08
Shipments
4Q8
Market
Share (%)
4Q07
Shipments
4Q07
Market Share
(%)
4Q08-4Q07
Growth (%)
Hewlett-Packard 766 20.5 736 22.1 4.1
Dell Inc. 667 17.9 607 18.2 9.9
Acer 642 17.2 664 19.9 -3.3
Toshiba 385 10.3 300 9.0 28.4
ASUS 227 6.1 35 1.0 552.4
Others 1,048 28.1 988 29.7 -5.7
Total 3,735 100 3,329 100 12.2
Source: Gartner

Top Web parent companies in February 2009

Parent Audience, 000 Time Per Person
1. Google 133,983 2:00:55
2. Microsoft 125,692 2:28:15
3. Yahoo! 114,130 3:27:19
4. AOL LLC 83,083 3:45:59
5. News Corp. Online 77,569 1:21:13
6. Facebook 65,704 2:59:54
7. InterActiveCorp 65,693 0:16:17
8. eBay 63,066 1:51:13
9. Amazon 59,389 0:24:33
10. Wikimedia Foundation 57,910 0:17:10
Source: Nielsen

Percentage of US clicks by number of keywords

Subject Feb-08 Jan-09 Feb-09 Growth, YTY
One word 21.04% 20.29% 20.48% -3%
Two words 24.73% 23.65% 23.47% -5%
Three words 21.84% 21.92% 21.68% -1%
Four words 14.53% 14.89% 14.98% 3%
Five words 8.29% 8.68% 8.72% 5%
Six words 4.38% 4.65% 4.71% 8%
Seven words 2.29% 2.49% 2.51% 10%
Eight or more words 2.90% 3.43% 3.47% 20%
Source: comScore

Top Entertainment Programs by Time Spent Viewing in December 2008

Program Network Minutes per Viewer Unique Viewers (000)
Privileged CWTV.com 214.6 29
Chuck NBC.com 162.5 226
Lipstick Jungle NBC.com 153.2 152
Gossip Girl CWTV.com 40.0 165
The Simpsons FOX Broadcasting 138.8 41
Life NBC.com 137.4 133
Kitchen Nightmares FOX Broadcasting 124.9 40
Private Practice ABC.com 123.1 350
Young and the Restless CBS Television 115.6 323
The Office NBC.com 111.8 374
Source: Nielsen

Germany PC Shipments for Q4 2008

Company 4Q08
Shipments
4Q08
Market
Share (%)
4Q07
Shipments
4Q07
Market
Share (%)
4Q08-4Q07
Growth (%)
Hewlett-Packard 531 13.6 429 12.5 23.8
Acer 500 12.8 396 11.5 26.2
FSC 449 11.5 541 15.8 -16.9
Medion 320 8.2 281 8.2 13.8
Dell 319 8.2 280 8.2 14.1
Others 1,779 45.7 1,506 43.8 18.1
Total 3,898 100.0 3,433 100.0 13.5
Source: Gartner

3 bln person-to-person financial transactions in 2008

US noncash person-to-person market in 2008 was $1.1 trln in over 3 bln transactions. Checks are in decline, but they remain the most significant person-to-person payment method, amounting to over $1 trln of the noncash P2P payments volume. In 2008, checks represented over $1.013 trln of the noncash P2P payments in the United States and cost financial institutions what TowerGroup estimates as $255 mln to process.

Computer or Game Console?

Pew Internet Project surveyed US adults regarding their sage of PCs vs consoles to play games.

% of adults % of gamers
Age Computer Game
console
Computer Game
console
Total adult population 38% 28% 73% 53%
18-29 55 61 68 75
30-49 42 34 70 57
50-64 33 9 83 23
65+ 19 2 81 10
Source: Pew Internet Project

Top US search engines in November 2008

Provider Searches (000) YOY Growth Share of Searches
All Search 8,075,564 9.6% 100.0%
Google Search 5,177,158 21.7% 64.1%
Yahoo! Search 1,299,306 -1.4% 16.1%
MSN/Windows Live Search 733,460 -16.7% 9.1%
AOL Search 344,465 3.6% 4.3%
Ask.com Search 184,059 -6.0% 2.3%
My Web Search 71,113 -18.3% 0.9%
Comcast Search 40,645 3.5% 0.5%
AT&T Worldnet Search 25,351 -13.3% 0.3%
NexTag Search 22,308 -19.5% 0.3%
Dogpile.com Search 17,121 -6.5% 0.2%
Source: Nielsen

Reasons for having multiple social networking profiles

Why do you have more than one online social network profile?

% of SNS users with multiple profiles
My friends use many different websites so I have more than one profile to stay in touch with them 24%
Some profiles are professional, others personal 19
I just use different sites 6
I have an older profile on a site I don’t really use anymore 4
I have different profile for different parts of my personality 4
It’s fun 3
I have a profile so I can view content on the network website 3
It was just something to do 3
Some profiles are specifically for gaming 2
Someone else told me to sign up for a particular site 1
Other 26
Source: Pew Internet Project

Console sales up 11% in February 2009

Video game hardware revenues climbed 11% to $532.7 mln in February 2009 from $481.4 mln in February 2008, according to NPD Group. Americans bought 753,000 units of Wii, the best-selling console. The handheld Nintendo DS, which sold 588,000 units, came in second. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold 391,000 units, up 53% from a year earlier, while Sony’s PlayStation 3 sold 276,000 units. Nintendo also had the best-selling game in February with its Wii Fit, an exercise game that sold 644,000 copies. Capcom USA’s Street Fighter IV took the number two and three spots with 446,000 copies for the Xbox and 403,000 for the Play Station 3. Overall software sales grew 9% to $733.5 mln from $673.3 mln.

Fastest-growing Retail E-Commerce Categories in 2008

Retail Category YTY Percent Change
Video Games, Consoles & Accessories 29%
Home, Garden & Furniture 25%
Sport & Fitness 25%
Event Tickets 13%
Consumer Electronics 9%
Apparel & Accessories 4%
Computer Hardware -5%
Toys & Hobbies -7%
Books & Magazines -8%
Flowers, Greetings & Gifts -10%
Office Supplies -10%
Jewelry & Watches -12%
Computer Software (excl. PC Games) -18%
Music, Movies & Video -23%
Source: comScore