Bing! Steals The Silver From Yahoo!

Bing Logo White 300x231 Bing! Steals The Silver From Yahoo!Truth be told Bing! already defeated Yahoo! last year as Microsoft now power’s Yahoo!’s search engine (at least in the US).

However as far as global domination goes, it looks like Bing! just stole the silver from Yahoo! (at least according to one stat company).

Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that globally Bing reached 4.37% in February ahead of Yahoo! at 3.93%. Both trail far behind Google’s 89.94% of the global search engine market.

In the United States Yahoo! at 9.74% still retains its lead over Bing at 9.03%. Google’s share in the US is 79.63%. In July 2009 Microsoft announced an agreement whereby Bing would power the Yahoo! search technology. This has been implemented in the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil and Mexico. (StatCounter Global Stats).

Microsoft has made some impressive strides in their attempt to steal the gold from Google, including partnering with Facebook as well as launching some humorous commercials on TV to raise awareness of Microsoft’s “decision engine.”

While it’s only a matter of time before more searches in the US are done through Bing.com than Yahoo.com, Microsoft has a long ways to go before they can catch up to Google in the US (as well as globally as well).

Yahoo! Welcomes Its Bing! Overlords (Search)

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After previously announcing plans to assimilate Google’s former rival, Bing! has confirmed that they are now powering Yahoo! search, ushering a new age of search duopoly for all.

Today I am happy to share that Bing is powering Yahoo!’s search results in the US and Canada (English only for now, the other languages will come in the weeks and months ahead).

So what’s next?  We continue to work hard on the migration to adCenter, and are optimistic about completing this phase later this fall.  As we have said all along, our primary goal is to provide advertisers with a quality transition experience in 2010, while being mindful of the holiday season. (Bing Community Blog)

While taking over Yahoo! will help benefit Bing! (who is trailing Google badly, especially in the mobile search department), users will now be forced to choose between two search engines backed by two powerful companies.

Although Bing! is overjoyed about its new conquest, Yahoo! seems to be ashamed at forfeiting its number 2 position as evidenced by the “powered by Bing” text at the bottom of the screen.

With Yahoo! losing its search soul in the US and Japan, it looks as if one of the mightiest tech companies known to the geek-kind is slowly fading away into irrelevancy (despite the companies awesome portfolio).

Bing Begins Yahoo! Assimilation

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After quiting the search engine wars, it looks as if Yahoo! has finally begun handing over its beloved search bar, dignity and any silver medals to Microsoft’s Bing, who (as shown below) eagerly awaits the opportunity to take on Google.

When we announced our intention to enter into a search and advertising relationship with Yahoo! almost a year ago, we began a journey that will help us build a scale search advertising marketplace and provide a real competitive alternative for consumers, publishers and advertisers.

Beginning just a few days ago, we began some important testing across both our systems designed to verify our joint work and make sure we are ready to deliver a quality transition for customers, which we are on track to complete in the US and Canada over the next few months. (Bing Community Blog) [Read more...]

Yahoo’s Latest Game Plan with Farmville Maker, Zynga

zyngalogo Yahoos Latest Game Plan with Farmville Maker, ZyngaYahoo might have scored big time with its recent deal with Zynga, the company responsible for popular Facebook games such as Farmville and Mafia Wars. The two companies have reached an agreement that will see the integration of Zynga’s social games through Yahoo’s global network.

For Zynga, this could be a viable alternative to its Facebook presence, especially since Yahoo claims of more than 600 million users worldwide across all Yahoo sites. But the question is would users be open to the idea of getting their game on via the Yahoo platform?

Most of those users who play Farmville and Mafia Wars are into these games while at the same time maintaining their social networking profiles and connections on Facebook. Most of them play these games to while away time as they wait for their friends to go online, post updates and links. In short, Zynga games on Facebook are added functionalities for a site which has social networking as the main purpose.

Comparing these to Yahoo which doesn’t have a social networking site. Users go to Yahoo to find/search for information not to socialize. So, I don’t really see these Zynga games easily fitting into the demographics of  Yahoo users.

Still, Yahoo is pretty positive that this deal would be both beneficial to both companies. Hilary Schneider, Yahoo America’s Executive Vice President tells us:

“Zynga will bring top notch social game experiences to Yahoo!, including through our open platforms such as Yahoo! Application Platform and Yahoo! Updates. Yahoo! will also continue to work with other partners, developers and publishers to bring compelling innovations and experiences from across the web to our users.”

And with this deal, Yahoo have finally laid down its social strategy and adds up to its previous partnership with both Facebook and Twitter. Would this finally bring some good tidings to Yahoo as a whole? That we will have to wait and see.

Once Upon a Time, StumbleUpon Beats Facebook In Generating Site Traffic

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We all know how formidable Facebook is,  as a social media site capable of generating traffic to websites and in terms of userbase as well. Next to Facebook, we always think of Twitter.  We never really thought about other sites, such as StumbleUpon perhaps? Now here’s an interesting statistics published by StatCounter covering the amount of traffic generated by social media sites that leads to website page views. The statistics cover Mar 2009 to Mar 2010. And guess what in 2009?  StumbleUpon use to bring more traffic to websites than Facebook does.

From March 2009 to July 2009, StumbleUpon was actually the number one social media sites that drives the most traffic to websites. Overall, from Mar 09 to Mar 10, StumbleUpon was second to Facebook in generating traffic to websites with 25% of social media hits, while Facebook had 48%. Twitter had 10% of social media hits.  The rest include – YouTube (6%), reddit (4%), Digg (2%) and MySpace (2%).

So, what’s the importance of these statistics? From a business perspective this only goes to show that social media sites could be a good tool for driving traffic to business sites. Hence, we now see more brands having their Facebook pages linked to their individual corporate websites.

Mr. Aodhan Cullen, CEO of Statcounter remarks:

“Social Media market share fluctuates a lot more than browser or search statistics. For example, Facebook peaked over Christmas and the New Year with almost three quarters of the total, perhaps reflecting its important role in communications between families and friends.”

In case you’re wondering StatCounter’s data was based on 13 billion page views across the globel StatCounter network of member sites.

So there, if your  company does not have a social media presence yet, you might want to start creating one on Facebook, especially now that there are many things happening with Facebook in terms of features and functionality.

MLB.com Names Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball ’10 as Official Fantasy Game

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For those of you who are into fantasy sports league, specifically Fantasy Baseball, you might be interested to know that Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball ’10 has just been chosen as the official fantasy baseball game of MLB.com. This means that Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball ’10 will now be promoted on MLB.com as well as on its online properties.

With the support of MLB.com, Yahoo’s fantasy league hopes to deliver the most compelling experience for fantasy baseball players, or gamers seem to be the more appropriate term.  The deal would incude integrated in-game and post-game video highlights of the action on the Major League Baseball directly from the player’s homepage.

Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball ’10 gamers can now purchase MLB.com’s new Fantasy Highlights package which would give them an opportunity to watch customized, in-game and post-game video highlights direct from their homepage.  MLB.com’s fantasy highlights package will be available for free-trial during the first two weeks of the MLB regular season.  The full season of MLB will be available for $9.95.

In addition, Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball ’10 will provide new live online auction draft application and free live scoring as well.  This will give MLB fans the ability to view live stats as well as instant scoring for teams or match ups. Users will also get real-time league standings straight to their homepage.

MLB.com senior vice president for business development, Kenny Gersh said that this product will suit fantasy baseball players’ growing appetites.

“Integrating this new highlights package with Yahoo!’s industry-leading fantasy baseball game will take fans beyond the box score to watch the performance of their fantasy roster as it unfolds on the field,” said Kenny Gersh.

With MLB.com’s support, Yahoo now has three fantasy sports game which have been blessed by the game’s official league administrators.  Yahoo also has fantasy games for NHL and PGA.

Via Yahoo PR

Yahoo! Contacts Now Lets You Connect with Facebook Easily

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While waiting for the full implementation of Yahoo’s planned integration with Facebook Connect which was announced in December last year, Yahoo wants to give you a sampler of how this will be  integrated across its sites and services. So in case you’re still maintaining and using Yahoo Mail, you can now easily add your Facebook friend’s email addresses to Yahoo Contacts.

Of course, integrating these two Contact lists will enable you to quickly communicate with your contacts where ever you may be at this very moment. Whether you’re  browsing Yahoo Sports and you find something which a Facebook contact would find interesting, you can do so now in just one click. In fact, you simply type the first letter of your contact’s name inside Yahoo! Mail and it will quickly suggest contact names that start with that letter.

To connect your Facebook friends’ email addresses to your Yahoo Contacts’ account, simply go to the Import Contacts landing page, select Facebook, enter your Facebook login credentials and then Yahoo will authenticate your account and starts integrating the two email addresses lists.

Then,  you can check out which of your Facebook friends were added to your Yahoo Contacts. What’s good about this feature is that it won’t create duplicate entries for your contacts.

So there. Are you going to integrate your Facebook friends’ email addresses to your Yahoo Contacts?

Yahoo Becomes a Real-Time Search Engine, Thanks to Twitter

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It didn’t take that long for Yahoo to achieve what seems to be the trend among search engines today – to become a real-time search engine. And what better way of doing this but by teaming up with Twitter to integrate the 600 tweets posted on Twitter per second, assuming of course that those tweets are public.

In other words, Yahoo and Twitter had agreed on an integration deal with several components. But this is not just plain Twitter streams integration to Yahoo search results, but there are other components  as well.

The integration was quickly implemented by Yahoo as soon as the deal was sealed. So, if you check Yahoo search right now, you will start seeing Twitter updates on your search results.

But that’s just one part of the deal. Once in full swing, the Yahoo-Twitter integration will allow you to do the following:

  • read personal Twitter feeds directly from various Yahoo online properties such as Sports, Mail, Updates and others
  • update your Twitter status as well as share content from Yahoo to your Twitter profile.
  • share your social actions on any website that appears on Yahoo Updates to your Twitter timeline
  • get quick pulse-check on various topics and trending on Twitter related to News, Finance, Entertainment and Sports

Of course as you all know that this is just one of Yahoo’s strategy on making itself social. It has recently sealed a partnership with Facebook as well. But this will have to take effect later this year.

So what’s next, Twitter?

Yahoo Joins the Winter Olympics Frenzy with a New Mobile Site

Screen shot 2010 02 13 at 8.20.10 AM 199x300 Yahoo Joins the Winter Olympics Frenzy with a New Mobile SiteWith the Winter Olympics kicking off this weekend in Vancouver, Yahoo is joining the excitement and letting users get into it as well via a new mobile Winter Olympics site. You can visit this site by pointing your mobile phone’s web browser to - m.yahoo.com/olympics.

Yahoo’s mobile Winter Olympics site is a one-stop shop for everything about the Olympics gig. It gives you up-to-the-minute coverage, access to live results, upcoming events, medal counts, photos, news, expert commentaries and more. And did I mention you can have all of those anytime, anywhere right in your mobile phone’s screen? And to make finding information faster, Olympics was also integrated into Yahoo’s mobile search results.

The Yahoo Winter Olympics mobile site is available in 13 different countries. If you’re located anywhere in these countries, you can check out the site on your mobile phone’s browser – U.S., Canada, the Philippines, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

I’m currently checking it out right now using my Nexus One and although I’m a bit excited at how fast the site loads and how nice-looking it is, I was a bit saddened by the accident that happened to Georgian Luger Nodar Kumaritashvili who met a fatal accident during one of the Olympics’ events.

Hopefully nothing more of this sort will happen as the rest of the Winter Olympics push through. Enjoy the gig on your mobile phones folks!

Yahoo Brings More of the Internet to the Living Room

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For its share of the news in the ongoing CES 2010, Yahoo is spiking up the delivery of web content through its Widget Engine for connected TV. Yahoo has announced partnership gigs with various consumer electronics companies including Samsung, Sony, LG Electronics and VIZIO. In addition, Yahoo has also teamed up with Intel to make its Widgen Development Kit available to developers to bring in more Internet-TV applications.

Yahoo’s TV widget brings popular Internet services and online media to reach viewers with applications specifically tailored to the needs of TV watchers. In other words, it’s like having a multimedia hub that you control on your TV screen. If you’re a couch potato like me, you’d definitely want to try this one out. That is of course if you have the supported consumer electronic products from the brands we mentioned awhile back.

And to make the user experience even more exciting and fun, Yahoo has also released the Widget Development Kit containing the Yahoo Widget Engine.  This WDK uses industry standard tools such as Javascript, XML and HTML to make it easy for developers and manufacturers to develop and deploy TV widgets of popular Internet services.  If this is the part of this news that interest you, check out more about the WDK here.

So, there. CES 2010 certainly brought us many new options for home entertainment.  Which is going to be for you? Boxee Beta? Boxee Box? Pophub Box or Yahoo Connected TV? Mind you, these are just some of the new options that you can use to spice up your home entertainment system. There are definitely many more which were announced at the CES 2010.