Fact: Real-time Search Satisfies 40% of User Queries!

An interesting white paper published at OneRiot’s blog claims that 40% of users’ search queries across major search engines including Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask are best satisfied by real-time search results. That is, indeed, quite an impressive number that shows the huge potential market for real-time search engines. It also – somehow – explains the huge buzz around Twitter and the continuous talk about the potential threat it poses to other traditional search engines, especially Google.

Real-time search engines fail to gain market share

Aside from Twitter, other – recently emerged – real-time search engines are finding a hard time proving their business model and gaining market share, in spite of the potential huge market. We, here at Thoughtpick, have been monitoring this market since our coverage of 9 real-time search engines a few months ago. Unfortunately, according to compete stats, there has been no major gains in the last 3 months, on the contrary, most services showed a decline in numbers of visitors. In fact, OneRiot which is the most successful in this category, with 150k more visitors than its second competitor Twingly, shows a drop of 100k visitors in the last 3 months.

Oneriot.com, Twingly, Collecta, Socialmention and Scoopler traffic [compete.com]

Oneriot, Twingly, Collecta, Socialmention and Scoopler traffic

HOW TO: Protect Your Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Facebook from Hackers!

Hotmail

Hotmail

Note: If you have a Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo or AOL account, it’s advisable to change your password now!

Last week, about 10,000 Hotmail user accounts and passwords were posted on a developer’s forum. The accounts listed were the ones starting with the letters A and B hinting that this is just a snippet from a bigger list of accounts that have been compromised.

To further freak out webmail users, another list containing a cocktail of about 30,000 Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL user’s accounts was leaked later on during the week.

So how did they do it?

Apparently, people are still not able to tell the difference between an authentic website and a phishing website. Most of the compromised accounts on the list were obtained using fake websites that ask for your login and password to authenticate your account. While campaigns educating the user on how to better protect himself or herself from phishing scams have been running nonstop for the past 5 years, they can’t be blamed for falling for such scams.

Yahoo! “to Take on Twitter”: Beyond Far-fetched!

Is it really “wise” to try to take on well-established services or platforms by imitating them? Does the fact that a company has a high market share in a certain field automatically translate into its a guaranteed success in other fields? What is happening to product/service specialization? And why is everyone is trying to be involved in everything?

Yahoo! Maktoob: Ready to Deal With Freedom of Speech and Piracy Issues?

After almost 2 years of rumors about this deal, Yahoo! made a big move last week when it purchased the Arabic portal Maktoob for an estimated $85 million. This is certainly one of the biggest moves in the Middle East tech field. What bumps to expect along the road?

I Want My Twitter Fix And I Want It Now! Overcome the Censors

I Want My Twitter Fix And I Want It Now! Overcome the Censors

Bypass Twitter's Blocking and Censorship

If your access to Twitter.com is blocked, here are 5 ways and workarounds to overcome the censors and tweet your heart out. Do you have more methods to add?

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Startup advice: A Metropolitan 4-Layered View of the Web & Time Invested

Startup advice: A Metropolitan 4-Layered View of the Web & Time Invested

My 4-layers of Web Projects

If you're a startup or have a "Web 2.0" idea, this might interest you. Through extensive research and my humble experience, I was able to come up with an analogy of the Web's contribution levels comparing it with a city made up of 4 different layers: web users, social circles, tools & utilities and platforms.

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Does Yahoo! Mail Applications pose a challenge for Google Wave?

Does Yahoo! Mail Applications pose a challenge for Google Wave?

Yahoo! Mail Applications

Both Yahoo and Google seem to realize that opening their email platforms would be their way to compete in the social networking arena. Using their email user-bases is not a bad approach to conquer areas that are only possible with platforms like Facebook and MySpace. Competition is good, it brings us - the users - revolutionary technologies!...

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69% of Web News is Google, Twitter, iPhone, Yahoo and Microsoft!

Is Microsoft, Twitter, iPhone, Yahoo and Google news the only hot topics in the world? If 69% of news is dedicated to those 5 giants, how will start ups ever be seen or heard? Are news resources being fair with new, creative start ups with original ideas and well-executed implementation?

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