Google Olympic Doodle 2012

It’s Pacman Day all over again …… I’m anxious to see just how many hours will be wasted today playing with Google’s Olympic 2012 Animation Doodle!

If you are one of the few who hasn’t played it yet check it out here.

Google Animation Doodle 2012 Olympic Hurdles

To view past Google Doodles visit their Google Doodle Archive.

What was your score? Post it in the comments below! Happy Hurdling !

Top 10 Social Networking Websites April 2012

Top 10 Visited Social-Networking Websites & Forums, April 2012

Rank Website U.S. Market Share of Visits
1 Facebook 63.0%
2 YouTube 20.3%
3 Twitter 1.73%
4 Yahoo! Answers 0.97%
5 Pinterest 0.92%
6 Linkedin 0.77%
7 Tagged 0.63%
8 Google+ 0.58%
9 MySpace 0.41%
10 Yelp 0.36%

Google Summer Job Openings

It’s only Spring Break for most college students, but summer vacation will be here before you know it. Instead of getting stuck babysitting your little sister or mowing your neighbor’s lawn, apply for Google Summer of Code and spend the summer of 2012 earning money writing code for open source projects.

Google Summer of Code is a global program that gives university students a stipend to write code for open source projects over a three month period. Accepted students are paired with a mentor from the participating projects, gaining exposure to real-world software development and the opportunity for future employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.

For the past ten days, interested students have had the opportunity to review the ideas pages for this year’s 180 accepted projects and research which projects they would like to contribute to this year. Now is your chance to apply for this great opportunity! Submit your proposal to the mentoring organizations via the Google Summer of Code program website from today through Friday, April 6 at 19:00 UTC.

February 2012 U.S. Search Engine Rankings

comScore, Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. Google Sites led the explicit core search market in February with 66.4 percent of search queries conducted.

U.S. Explicit Core Search

Google Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in February with 66.4 percent market share (up 0.2 percentage points), followed by Microsoft Sites with 15.3 percent (up 0.1 percentage points) and Yahoo! Sites with 13.8 percent. Ask Network accounted for 3.0 percent of explicit core searches, followed by AOL, Inc. with 1.5 percent.

comScore Explicit Core Search Share Report*
February 2012 vs. January 2012
Total U.S. – Home & Work Locations
Source: comScore qSearch
Core Search Entity Explicit Core Search Share (%)
Jan-12 Feb-12 Point Change
Total Explicit Core Search 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Google Sites 66.2% 66.4% 0.2
Microsoft Sites 15.2% 15.3% 0.1
Yahoo! Sites 14.1% 13.8% -0.3
Ask Network 3.0% 3.0% 0.0
AOL, Inc. 1.6% 1.5% -0.1

*“Explicit Core Search” excludes contextually driven searches that do not
reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results.

17.6 billion explicit core searches were conducted in February, with Google Sites ranking first with 11.7 billion. Microsoft Sites ranked second with 2.7 billion searches, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 2.4 billion, Ask Network with 535 million (up 2 percent) and AOL, Inc. with 266 million.

comScore Explicit Core Search Query Report
February 2012 vs. January 2012
Total U.S. – Home & Work Locations
Source: comScore qSearch
Core Search Entity Explicit Core Search Queries (MM)
Jan-12 Feb-12 Percent Change
Total Explicit Core Search 17,804 17,588 -1%
Google Sites 11,786 11,673 -1%
Microsoft Sites 2,707 2,684 -1%
Yahoo! Sites 2,506 2,430 -3%
Ask Network 527 535 2%
AOL, Inc. 277 266 -4%

“Powered By” Reporting

In February, 68.6 percent of searches carried organic search results from Google (versus 68.4 percent in January) while 26.2 percent of searches were powered by Bing (versus 26.5 percent in January).

About comScore
comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in measuring the digital world and preferred source of digital business analytics. For more information, please visit www.comscore.com/companyinfo.

January 2012 U.S. Search Engine Rankings

comScore a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearchanalysis of the U.S. search marketplace. Google Sites led the explicit core search market in January with 66.2 percent of search queries conducted.

U.S. Explicit Core Search

Google Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in January with 66.2 percent market share (up 0.3 percentage points), followed by Microsoft Sites with 15.2 percent (up 0.1 percentage points) and Yahoo! Sites with 14.1 percent. Ask Network accounted for 3.0 percent of explicit core searches, followed by AOL, Inc. with 1.6 percent.

comScore Explicit Core Search Share Report*
January 2012 vs. December 2011
Total U.S. – Home & Work Locations
Source: comScore qSearch
Core Search Entity Explicit Core Search Share (%)
Dec-11 Jan-12 Point Change
Total Explicit Core Search 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Google Sites 65.9% 66.2% 0.3
Microsoft Sites 15.1% 15.2% 0.1
Yahoo! Sites 14.5% 14.1% -0.4
Ask Network 2.9% 3.0% 0.1
AOL, Inc. 1.6% 1.6% 0.0

*“Explicit Core Search” excludes contextually driven searches that do not
reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results.

17.8 billion explicit core searches were conducted in January, with Google Sites ranking first with 11.8 billion. Microsoft Sites ranked second with 2.7 billion searches, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 2.5 billion, Ask Network with 527 million and AOL, Inc. with 277 million.

comScore Explicit Core Search Query Report
January 2012 vs. December 2011
Total U.S. – Home & Work Locations
Source: comScore qSearch
Core Search Entity Explicit Core Search Queries (MM)
Dec-11 Jan-12 Percent Change
Total Explicit Core Search 18,235 17,804 -2%
Google Sites 12,019 11,786 -2%
Microsoft Sites 2,750 2,707 -2%
Yahoo! Sites 2,647 2,506 -5%
Ask Network 531 527 -1%
AOL, Inc. 287 277 -3%

U.S. Total Core Search

Google Sites accounted for 66.2 percent of total core search queries conducted (up 0.1 percentage points), followed by Yahoo! Sites with 16.0 percent and Microsoft Sites with 13.8 percent. Ask Network comprised 2.6 percent of total search queries, followed by AOL, Inc. with 1.4 percent.

comScore Total Core Search Share Report*
January 2012 vs. December 2011
Total U.S. – Home & Work Locations
Source: comScore qSearch
Core Search Entity Total Core Search Share (%)
Dec-11 Jan-12 Point Change
Total Core Search 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Google Sites 66.1% 66.2% 0.1
Yahoo! Sites 16.2% 16.0% -0.2
Microsoft Sites 13.8% 13.8% 0.0
Ask Network 2.6% 2.6% 0.0
AOL, Inc. 1.4% 1.4% 0.0

* “Total Core Search” is based on the five major search engines, including
partner searches, cross-channel searches and contextual searches. Searches
for mapping, local directory, and user-generated video sites that are not on the
core domain of the five search engines are not included in these numbers.

Americans conducted nearly 20 billion total core search queries in January. Google Sites ranked first with 13.2 billion searches, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 3.2 billion and Microsoft Sites with 2.8 billion.

comScore Total Core Search Query Report
January 2012 vs. December 2011
Total U.S. – Home & Work Locations
Source: comScore qSearch
Core Search Entity Total Core Search Queries (MM)
Dec-11 Jan-12 Percent Change
Total Core Search 20,525 19,975 -3%
Google Sites 13,560 13,218 -3%
Yahoo! Sites 3,318 3,191 -4%
Microsoft Sites 2,829 2,761 -2%
Ask Network 531 527 -1%
AOL, Inc. 287 277 -3%

“Powered By” Reporting

In January, 68.4 percent of searches carried organic search results from Google (vs. 68.1 percent in December) while 26.5 percent of searches were powered by Bing (no change vs. December).

About comScore
comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in measuring the digital world and preferred source of digital business analytics. For more information, please visit www.comscore.com/companyinfo.