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Exclusive: 15 of 18 Presidential Candidates Have Negative Search Listings

With 16 months until the 2008 Presidential election, we thought it would be interesting to conduct a study of the search engine reputation of current candidates. We examined the first 20 results on Google and Yahoo for the ten Republicans and eight Democrats to see who had the best and worst online reputation.

The results were startling, with only three candidates fully in control of their search engine reputation. Who were they? How did Hillary and Barack fair?

I won’t spoil the surprise, so head over to the 2008 Presidential Election Candidate Reputation Study for the breakdown.

Stop the Presses: the Internet Is Cool!

That’s right everybody, the word is just in: the Internet is cool! Aren’t you excited?

Edison Media Research finally revisited a 2002 study that left the Internet as the “least essential” medium after newspapers, television and radio, and the second coolest after television. In the “Internet and Multimedia 2007” study, the Internet gets a definite boost.


Medium Coolness 2002 Coolness 2007 Most essential 2002 Most essential 2007
Television 48% 35% 39% 36%
Internet 25% 39% 20% 33%
Radio 16% 13% 26% 17%
Newspaper 3% %4 11% 10%

The Internet is now the coolest medium (it must be true, popular opinion says so!) and the second most essential, thoroughly trouncing radio to move up in the rankings.

Study Shows US Mobiles Outpacing Land Lines

If you’re like me, you long ago abandoned your antiquated landline and are exclusively using your mobile for telephone calls. Apparently we’re not alone.

According to findings released today by Ingenio, Inc. (“voice commerce solutions” provider) and conducted by Harris Interactive® nearly 85% of people surveyed admitted to having a mobile compared to only 71% admitting to having a land line. When you dig a little deeper you discover that only 57% of adults between 18-34 have a land line.

More than just calls

Making calls is just one part of what US consumers are doing on their mobile devices. 49% of those surveyed indicated that they’ve used their phone “for more than just making and receiving phone calls”. 57% stated they “anticipate using their phones for more than just making and receiving phone calls in the next three years.”

No Surprise! Google Takes Early Lead

M:Metrics – consumer consumption yardstick – has released the April 2007 rankings (based on Percentage of Active Reach) of the top mobile Web destinations (aggregated across company owned domains) among Smartphone users in the US…

  • Google (62.48 percent)
  • Yahoo (33.54 percent)
  • Microsoft (33.36 percent)
  • AT&T* (21.22 percent)
  • Time Warner (19.06 percent)
  • Disney (17.00 percent)
  • MySpace/FOX – News Corp (15.54 percent)
  • Sprint Nextel* (15.29 percent)
  • Weather Channel (15.28 percent)
  • eBay (14.19 percent)

and in the UK…

  • Google (30.94 percent)
  • Orange (21.68 percent)
  • BBC (20.90 percent)
  • Microsoft (17.75 percent)
  • Vodafone* (16.79 percent)
  • eBay (13.08 percent)
  • O2* (12.77 percent)
  • 3* (12.67 percent)
  • Yahoo (10.97 percent)
  • T-Mobile* (10.71 percent)

* mobile operators

Why Do User Reviews Affect E-Tail?

If you are at all trying to stay current on the state of internet retailing, you have probably heard from many sources that you should consider collecting and displaying user reviews for the products you sell.

This makes sense. It is important to understand that people are starting to trust collaborative wisdom more than sources that traditionally would be considered more authoritative.

Read this report from Pew Internet. If you want your eyes opened, look at the graph on page four that compares traffic between Wikipedia and Encarta. If that will not wake you up, nothing will.

"Blogosphere", "Wiki" and "Netiquette" All Hated Folksonomies According to Study

It seems the Brits really aren’t down with the latest web-slang.  A study by pollsters YouGov ask 2,091 adults which words made them “wince, shudder or want to bang your head on the keyboard.” Here’s what made the list…

  1. Folksonomy
  2. Blogosphere
  3. Blog
  4. Netiquette
  5. Blook

Also making the top 10 most hated, “wiki” and “cookie.”

Any others make you wince?

Web Spend, Broadband Access, China Users – Research Shows All Going Up!

If I had a nickel for every internet study released, I’d be a rich man able to afford an extra shot of espresso in my coffee. Reuters has details of a new study from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Entertainment and Media Outlook (just rolls off the tongue) that reveals, nor surprisingly, an upward trend in internet numbers.

Here’s the gist of it…

  1. Spending on web advertising and fees paid by U.S. consumers to internet providers to reach $78.4 billion by 2011.
  2. Online advertising in the U.S. will account for $35.4 billion of that.
  3. China web users will overtake the U.S. by 2009.
  4. Expect 89 million U.S. broadband subscribers by 2011.

The only loser? Dial-up spending will decrease by 25.5% – so no more having to listen to that screech-owl that lives in your modem. ;-)