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YouTube is racking up 2 billion views per day

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Back in 2005 a few technology experts got together and launched a website where anyone could upload a video and share it. Youtube.com was born.

After just 18 months, Google thought this idea had so much potential it bought YouTube. And although Google have found it hard to make money out of the service, it has never looked back.

This month – to coincide with Youtube’s 5th birthday – the company released a load of interesting facts about the service. The most amazing is that YouTube currently generates 2 billion views per day. That number is quite incredible. Its like one in four of every person on the planet watching a video on YouTube every single day. To put that into TV-context, it has “nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major US television networks combined”.

YouTube only passed 1bn views back in October 2009. So its doubled since then.

Here are some other interesting facts released by YouTube.

Here are the site’s most current stats:

15: Average number of minutes people spend on Youtube every day
24: Number of Hours of video uploaded to YouTube each minute
45 Million: Number of impressions the homepage generates each day
1700: The number of years it would take you to watch all the video on YouTube

Here’s a few facts from YouTube’s history:

This is the first video uploaded to the website in April 2005
The first website to reach 1 million views is this Ronaldinho video in July 2006

The top 5 most view videos are

Lady Gaga Bad Romance 196,115,524 views
Charlie bit my finger 185,714,255 views
Evolution of Dance 142,679,738 views
Miley Cyrus – 7 Things 117,413,641 views
Pitbull – I Know You Want Me 118,410,161 views

As we’ve mentioned before, having video on your website is a great way to engage with your visitors and keep them interested. Here’s a video tutorial on how to put YouTube videos on your website.

Are you a YouTube fan? Has it changed the way you watch TV? Are you using video on your website, thanks to the WebEden Website Builder? Leave us a comment below.

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Google have brought the goats back!

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No, its not April the 1st.

In a similar stunt to last year, Google have brought in goats to their Mountain View headquarters  – to cut the grass.

This is what a goat looks like…

Despite several eco-commentators saying that it cost more CO2 emissions to bus ’em in than they saved in lawnmower petrol, it seems that Google has a genuine affection for the furry nutters.

I don’t have any grass here. Just a pot plant. Now where did I put my caterpillar…

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If you want to offset the carbon emissions from your website, and get a little badge that shows how eco you are, take a look at coco2.org.  Or not. Up to you.

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How many? You’re kidding me! There are now 50 million tweets per day

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Stone the crows – there are now 50 million tweets per day, which equates to 600 per second. Thats an increase of 20 fold on this time last year.

The growth is incredible. Back in 2007 (when we were all playing with our ZX Spectrums) there were around 5,000 a day. In 2008 it was about 300,000 a day. And at the same time last year it was 2.5 million a day. That’s an average annual growth rate of 1,400%!

That places Twitter ahead of MySpace, where there are around 33 million status messages a day. Myspace still has more users (around 50 million) but they’re not using the service to say as much.

Here’s a pretty graph that shows it all:

Youtube and Facebook are still a long way out in front. Its reckoned that there are – wait for it – around 1bn video views per day on Youtube.

And Facebook has around 1bn chat messages a day, and 1.2million photo views PER SECOND!

As we reported recently, Facebook users based has crashed through 400 million mark, meaning that for the moment it is pretty uncatchable.

As we’ve said previously [link], with so many users and so much traffic, its only a matter of time before Twitter rolls out its first commercial service.

There must be a pot of gold at the end of the Twitter rainbow!

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Who is Google’s biggest challenger?

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On this blog we’ve talked quite a bit about the market share of each search engine. Despite their best efforts to launch new search engines such as Bing; or to combine their search engines; neither Microsoft nor Yahoo appear able to challenge the dominance of Google.

But may be the challenger is coming from a different direction. Last year we ran with a story that said that Facebook was the fastest growing search engine. And Facebook is growing in all other areas too.

Facebook is good for News Websites

For example, according to Hitwise traffic from Facebook to US news sites has tripled over the last year, whilst Google’s share has remained static.

This has emboldened news publishers such as Rupert Murdoch to demand money from Google for their content, or face being locked out of it.

Now that Facebook has passed the 400m user milestone, it might be Facebook that is the biggest threat to the way Google wants to run things.

Google on the Run

Is Google scared? Well for the first time ever they splashed out $5m on a TV ad during the Superbowl a few weeks ago. Is that a proactive move or a reactive one?

Facebook already has a cosier relationship with news providers, who often choose to publish their content on Facebook.

Of course Google claim that actually they are helping news publishers, sending them an estimated 4bn visits every year.

With Facebook and Twitter of course the content is entirely at the publishers’ discretion, and they get to see who is reading it; both features that Google does not let them have.

Some have speculated that were Facebook to launch a comprehensive web-wide search engine, Google would lose huge traffic overnight.

Google Buzz Fail?

Then too there is the launch of Google Buzz – a defensive move surely, as Google tries to muscle in on the social media landscape.

Do you think the Google Empire may be having a wobble? Or have Google got nothing to worry about; Facebook is no threat to them? Leave us a comment below.

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Google trading update: Revenue Up. Adsense Up. Mobile in the Pipe

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Google released its Q4 2009 trading data a couple of weeks ago, and despite the global recession is reporting a 17% increase in revenue. The company racked up $6.7bn dollars in the previous 3 months, of which profit came in at a shade under $2bn.

UK Still a healthy proportion

And it’s a healthy reflection of the UK market that we contributed 12% of that turnover, down just 1% on Q3. That’s despite the UK search market being relatively ‘mature’ compared to some fast growing overseas ones.

It also means that as Google’s popularity continues to grow amongst users. And that UK advertisers believe it is an effective way to gain new customers.

UK contributes 12% to Google’s rising global revenue

Adsense is getting bigger

There is also a shift in where Google makes its money. Adsense publishers – website owners who display ‘Ads by Google’ on their websites – contributed 31% of the total, up by more than 1/5th in 12 months. As a website builder, you too can make money by placing ‘Ads by Google’ on your website. Here’s a video tutorial that shows you how to sign up to Google Adsense.

The growth in revenue came both from an increase in the number of clicks on ads (up 13% yoy) and cost-per-click (up 5% yoy)

“As we enter 2010, we remain hugely optimistic about the internet and are continuing to invest heavily in technological innovation for the benefit not only of our users and customers, but also the wider web” said Eric Schmidt, Google’s chief executive.

Mobile is the Future

So what next for the world’s most successful Internet company? It looks like the mobile Internet is getting an increasing amount of their attention. There was recently huge coverage of the launch of the first Google phone, the ‘Nexus One’, which takes the company head to head with previous allies Apple. And of course their bought mobile ad technology outfit AdMob for $750m back in October.

And you can hardly escape billboard and press adverts for Google browser ‘Chrome’ these days. That product is itself a pre-cursor of the widely anticipate Google operating system for PCs.

Plenty to do then. Like Google’s domination of all things Internet (and phone, and PC)? Leave us a comment below.

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Want free online storage? Take a look at the Gdrive

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A few years ago Google indicated that it would build a space where anyone could store all their documents, music and images online, for free.

They gave it the moniker ‘Gdrive’, but since making the announcement everything has gone pretty quiet.

Then a couple of weeks ago, they quietly added a few new features to their ‘Google Docs’ product. For many, this meant that the ‘Gdrive’ had arrived.

For those of you not familiar with Google Docs, it’s an online service where you can create, manage and store your spreadsheets, word documents and presentations. It’s an online rival to Microsoft Office, with the added advantage that you can access your documents from any location; and collaborate with others online.

The downside of course is that you need to be connected to the Internet to do this. We discussed the ups and downs of each system last year.

Now Google has added extra features. You can upload any file up to 250MB to Google Docs. You get 1 GB of free storage for files that you choose not to convert into one of the Google Docs formats (Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations). And if you can always buy more space if you want it, at a cost of $0.25 per GB/year.

Here’s a screengrab that shows you where you can upload your files:

Google reckon that you’ll be able to open most common formats using the service. You can also search for files once you’ve uploaded them. And you can share you documents and images with anyone you choose.

Of course there are plenty of rivals for this type of service. Microsoft’s SkyDrive gives you 25 GB of free storage, and ADrive offers a massive 50 GB.

Are you a fan of the online storage model? Or do you prefer to keep your stuff local, on a memory stick or external hard drive? Leave us a comment below.

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‘Google’ named ‘word of the decade’

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Google – a word that few of us had heard of ten years ago – is now so deeply embedded in our lives that there are some conversations that can’t take place without it.

It’s impossible to talk about the Internet without mentioning ‘Google’.

It’s hard to talk about finding stuff without mentioning Google

And any type of information reference has trouble slipping by without someone mentioning Google…

Word of the Decade

So perhaps it’s hardly surprising that the American Dialect Society has picked the verb as the most important word of the last 10 years.

The Society looks at the use of English in North America.

The Society’s members voted the verb ‘Google’ – meaning to search the internet – to the number 1 spot. Other technology runner ups were ‘blog’, ‘wi-fi’, and ‘text’.

Grant Barrett, chair of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Societ” said “I really thought ‘blog’ would take the honours in the word of the decade category, but more people Google than blog, don’t they?”

“Plus, many people think ‘blog’ just sounds ugly. Maybe Google’s trademark lawyers would have preferred it, anyway,” he added.

Word of 2009

The society also voted on the word of 2009. This time it was the chance for Twitter to shine, with ‘tweet’ nabbing number 1.

2nd place in the 2009 vote was ‘fail’, a “noun or interjection describing something egregiously unsuccessful” according to the society.

Word of the 90s

Technology words frequently dominated the ‘words of the 90s’ with annual winners including ‘web’, ‘Y2K’, ‘cyber’, ‘information superhighway’, and ‘e’. But it’s been 10 years since a technology word has won.

In 1995 the society showed its forward thinking by saying that ‘World Wide Web’ would be the one “most likely to succeed”.

Does Google take top spot for you?  Or do you have a favourite you’d like to put forward? Is WebEden your favourite, just like it is mine ;-) Leave us a comment below.

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Google: We do no evil. And we pay no tax.

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Barely a post goes by without us mentioning Google in one way or another.

Almost always its in glowing respect: ‘Google has a great new product that…”; “Thanks to Google we can now…”

But not this time. Lib Dem economics scalpel Vince Cable has accused the company of not playing fair, after it emerged that Google will pay no UK corporation tax on the £1.6bn it made in Britain this year.

This is because Google’s European headquarters are in Dublin. Any profit is channeled through the Dublin operation, where corporation tax is much lower.

Of course this is no secret. Many large US technology companies have their European or UK headquarters in Dublin: Microsoft, HP, Oracle to name but a few.

But the accusation may cause Google to smart a little since it goes counter to their corporate mantra of ‘do no evil’.

Cable went on to say that this ducking of £450m in tax meant the company was dodging its social responsibilities, felt all the more keenly in this time of recession.

The Sunday Times reported that Google UK employs 770 people and makes 13% of its revenue on these shores. Google UK also donated a measly £5,662 to charity this year. This contrasts with the average £90,000 wage of a UK employee.

Nice work if you can get it ;-)

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Have you got your Google Goggles on?

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We’ve always maintained that Google is a great innovator. At a Google run technology event a couple of weeks ago they again demonstrated their forward thinking. The Internet is now awash with excitement about what the worlds’ biggest Internet company is going to bring us next.

First up its Google Goggles. This is a tool that lets you search using pictures rather than words.

How does that work?

Basically you take a picture of something, and Google attempts to recognise it. Google then searches for information about it just as if you had typed the name of the object into the search field. It can also distinguish text too.

At the moment it only works for mobile phones that run the Google (Android) operating system. Users can download Goggles as an app.

Vic Gundotra, Google’s VP of engineering said that Google Goggles was made possible because Google had captured and stored and labeled images of more than a billion things. He also said that he expected this type of technology to become much more popular.

“Today marks the beginning of this journey,” he said. “It’s our goal to be able to visually identify any image.”

Shailesh Nalawadi, a product manager for Google Goggles said: “Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. For many search queries, using an image to search is easier and more useful than text alone, especially on a mobile,”

Google Translate

Google also showcased a new translation product which would translate your spoken word into a number of common languages. To make it work, users speak a phrase into their handset, and press translate. The system then analyses the words, translates them and then speaks the newly translated word back through the phone’s speaker.

It is hoped that this will be available in the first part of 2010.

Exciting stuff from Google. But the question we’re all asking here is: when will they finally invent personal jet packs?

Leave us a comment below.

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