MySpace Still Dominates Social Networking

Media metrics firm Hitwise has released is U.S. Consumer Generated Media Report, which examines usership trends on online video, photo-hosting, and the oh-so-hot social networking categories from March through September of 2006. And Hitwise found that MySpace is still king of the social networking mountain, with 82 percent of visits to the top 20 social networking sites landing at News Corp’s flagship online hangout. And MySpace is still growing, with visits to the site rising 51 percent between March and September. That’s significantly greater growth than the overall social networking category, which saw visits increase 34 percent over the same period. Some other social networking sites—yes, there are other social networking sites—saw above-average increases in traffic, including Bolt, Bebo, Orkut, and Gaia Online. Combined, one in twenty Internet visits land at the top 20 social networking sites.

These increases come despite a seasonal dip from August to September as school-aged site users shift their attention from summer socializing to academics. This year, visits to the top 20 social networking sites dropped by 7.3 percent from August to September. The size of the overall dip is comparable to 2005, where traffic declined by 7.6 percent as academic years got underway. However, in 2005, it, increased by 10.8 percent from September to October, while this year traffic has remained flat over the same two months.

The power of MySpace is starting to spill into other Internet sites as well, as users visiting MySpace follow links to other sites. In September, Hitwise says 2.4 pecent of traffic to online shopping and classified ad sites came directly from MySpace—that’s an increase of 83 percent since March, 2006. Banks, financial institutions, telecommunications company, and online travel sites are also seeing increases in MySpace-generated traffic.

Hitwise also found that online video sharing Web site YouTube, recently acquired by Google, saw a 249 percent increase in visits between March and September—but once the school year started, visits to Wikipedia increased at a faster pace the YouTube. Similarly, traffic to photosharing Web sites like Imageshack, Slide, and (particularly) Photobucket has increased alongside visits to social networking Web sites.

Social Media

New Zealand attack shows that as A.I. filters get smarter, so do violators

The shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand were livestreamed to social media, and while stats show networks are improving at removing offending videos, as the system improves, so do the violators' workarounds.

Confused about RSS? Don't be. Here's what it is and how to use it

What is an RSS feed, anyway? This traditional method of following online news is still plenty useful. Let's take a look at what RSS means, and what advantages it has in today's busy world.

There’s more space on MySpace after ‘accidental’ wipe of 50 million songs

MySpace is no longer a safe refuge for music and media produced in the 2000s. It said that almost any artistic content uploaded to the site between 2003 and 2015 may have been lost as part of a server migration last year.
Social Media

Your Google+ public content will remain viewable on the web, if you want it to

Google's failed social network — Google+ — will soon be wiped from the internet, but there's a team of volunteers working right now to save its public content for the Internet Archive.
Smart Home

Smart light switches have become more affordable: Here are the best ones

The ability to control the lighting in your home can have a big effect on your living space. To have more control over your lighting, check out the best smart light switches on the market. 
Smart Home

Update your kitchen with the best refrigerators you can buy in 2019

There are tons of factors that go into buying a fridge, from size and capacity to color. It takes lots of testing and research, but we've chosen the best refrigerators to get you started, regardless of what you're looking for.
Smart Home

Walmart serves up a rare deal on the Google Home Max at $100 off

Some deals are predictable and others are pre-announced, but today Walmart posted a rare deal: $100 off the powerful Google Home Max. Since it rarely goes on sale, waiting may not be prudent. If you want one, grab it.
Smart Home

The best smart locks to increase your home security in 2019

A good smart lock should offer a combination of security and convenience. Fortunately, these devices keep your home protected, your family safe, and your belongings secure from possible intruders.

Suck up the savings with these vacuum cleaners on sale for $100 or less

Keeping your floors clean around the home is a constant chore. To help make things a whole lot easier, we've picked out some great vacuum cleaner deals available right now, from full-sized upright models to robot vacs.
Smart Home

Is your coffee maker hiding mold inside? Here's how to clean it

Are you a coffee drinker? If you brew your coffee at home and you don't clean your machine, you could be drinking mold, yeast, and other bacteria. Here's how to clean your coffee maker.

Walmart drops prices on Google Home Hub and Lenovo smart displays

Walmart slashed the prices of Google Home smart displays for two highly regarded Lenovo models and the original Google Home Hub. We can't think of a better way to improve your smart home setup and these deals can help you save up to $100.

Amazon lowers Echo Dot cost and slashes price of the Dot and Smart Plug bundle

Amazon just unleashed extraordinary price cuts on third-generation Echo Dot smart speakers. The Alexa device is back in stock following the blowout sales last holiday season. The Echo Dot is the best-selling Alexa smart speaker worldwide.
Smart Home

These best outdoor security cameras will keep porch pirates at bay

Worried about porch pirates stealing your packages, or intruders entering your home? Always be in the know about who or what is on your property by installing one of these outdoor security cameras.
Smart Home

Your Instant Pot can do it all. Research says it has another important function

Researchers at Dakota State University tested a variety of pressure cookers for sterilization and found that Instant Pot provides enough pressure and heat to kill off food-spoiling bacteria.