Job Trends

Indeed.com has a tool similar to Google Trends called Job Trends. Basically, Indeed.com goes through its job postings and figures out how frequently a word / phrase appears. You can put in a single word or multiple words, and the tool graphs “% matching job postings” along a time scale starting from February 2005.

There are many ways this tool can be used. For example, what’s the popularity of a particular tool? What’s the relative market share for several competitors in a space? For the second question, I entered several key business intelligence tool vendor names, and the result is shown here.

PayPerPost now requires disclosure on paid blogs

PayPerPost announced earlier this week that it is requiring bloggers to disclose payments they receive for their blog posts. Even though I don’t have any moral issues with this type of practice, I do like this decision, as it brings more transparency into people’s recommendations. I believe such disclosure will not necessarily cause less credibility to the post simply because the blogger received a payment. If the post is detailed and thorough, the information there is still going to be valuable.

Microsoft started to distribute IE7 via Windows Update

Microsoft has said that distribution of IE7 will happen through Windows Update soon, but it never specified the date. Well, just now my machine was trying to install IE7 as a Windows Update, so we know now it’s starting.

It’ll be interesting to see how much of an effect this have on the % IE7 to total IE for this month. Recall that in October and November, the adoption of IE7 was much slower than the adoption of Firefox 2.0.

Domain Search Engine PCNames.com

PCNames.com is a new domain search engine offering some pretty cool functionalities. First, its front page has a Google suggest-like feature that allow you to instantly see whether a domain you are interested in is available.

The site also offers several additional tools for people interested in domaining (or those who are just curious):

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Depository of Mashup programs

I came across a website called ProgrammableWeb, which lists mashups available on the web, as well as the API’s and tags related to these mashups.

What is a mashup? According to Wikipedia, a mashup is a website or web application that combines content from more than one source. Say, for example, you create an application that compares Google, Yahoo, and MSN search results. This would be considered a mashup.

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Comparing Personalized Homepages

I have tried out the personalized home page option for the 3 major sites: Google, MSN (My MSN), and Yahoo (My Yahoo). All three do a good job to allow you to set up page(s) where you can see the information you care on a single page, and users can easily add/modify/delete content on all 3. Here I will focus on the differences among the three. I will also list recommendations on which one to use based on which criteria you value the most.

Differences

Below are features that are different among the three:

Presence of ad banner: Google and MSN do not have ad banners, while Yahoo does.

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Browser Market Share, September 2006

Below is the % browser share, based on traffic to my two highest trafficked sites in September 2006:

  • IE:¬ 69.7%
  • Firefox:¬ 26.5%
  • Opera:¬ 2.0%
  • Safari:¬ 0.7%
  • Mozilla:¬ 0.6%
  • Netscape: 0.3%
  • Konqueror: 0.1%

As this is the first time I am doing this type of study, there is no historical data to look at the trends.¬ It does appear that IE is losing share, while Firefox is gaining share.¬ This increase in popularity¬ is probably why Mozilla-type browsers had more bugs than IE during the first half of 2006.