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Google Maps Navigation for Android now plans routes around traffic

Google Maps has included traffic data for some time, but now Google Maps for Android takes that traffic information into account when it's giving you directions. The latest Beta version of Google Maps Navigation uses the alternative routes Google Maps has always suggested, and automatically picks the fastest one, based on real-time and historical traffic information. There's an awful lot of...

Facebook now the most-visited website in the world

You hear that, Mr Google? That is the sound of inevitability. Hitwise has just released two sets of data for 2010: the top 10 most-searched terms, and the top 10 most-visited websites. Rather unsurprisingly, Facebook is at the top of both charts. It leads the most-visited chart by some way, too: almost 9% of all Internet visits in the U.S. were to Facebook, while Google only accounted for 7.2%....

Facebook overtakes Yahoo! to become 3rd-most-visited Web property

Facebook has passed Yahoo! to become the 3rd-most-visited Web property in the world, according to web analytics site ComScore. ComScore's November numbers showed Facebook at 648 million unique visitors per month to Yahoo!'s 630 million. Meanwhile, Google and Microsoft are still hanging tough in the number 1 and 2 spots. These stats take into account all of the sites' separate services and pages,...

BlackBerry overtakes iOS in mobile internet usage in the US, iOS and Android tied in desirability

According to Web analytics company StatCounter, BlackBerry OS has overtaken iOS in mobile internet usage in the U.S. for the first time ever last month. StatCounter is basing its claims on aggregate data that it has collected on a sample of more than 15 billion page views per month (these, however, may not include traffic generated by mobile apps). BlackBerry OS had a 'traffic share' of 34.3...

Wordpress gets A/B testing for headlines with Headline Split Tester plugin

If you're not sure whether your blog's audience is responding better to keyword-heavy, all-business headlines or quirky, feature-y ones, Wordpress now lets you test two headlines for each post with a new plugin. Headline Split Tester allows you to enter two headlines for every post and automatically choose one at random for each reader. Eventually, whichever headline gets more clicks becomes the...

Digg exposes its monthly website traffic -- turns out Reddit might be bigger

In a truly epic Reddit thread, kicked off by an infographic from its lead programmer Chris Slowe, it has emerged that Reddit actually serves more page views than Digg. Reddit, with over 300 million page views in August, would seem to dwarf Digg's '200+ million'. Page views aren't everything, though. Reddit's 'forum' style (and lighter format) is conducive to fast, frantic communication --...

Metric Mail delivers a weekly Google Analytics digest to your inbox

If you want to keep up to date with your website stats, but you don't want to get sucked into the trap of checking Google Analytics constantly, Metric Mail might be for you. It delivers an elegant PDF digest of your Google Analytics stats to your inbox each week, with all your most important numbers laid out front and center. This is especially useful if you're running a website for a client...

Google releases list of 1,000 largest websites, lets advertisers target those sites

If you're an advertiser, you can now use Google's DoubleClick Ad Planner to exclusively target the 1,000 largest websites on the Internet. If you're a mere enthusiast -- or a nerd -- you can now feast your eyes upon an updated-monthly list of the largest domains on the Web. Unlike 'guesstimate' sites like Alexa, Google uses its sticky, all-encompassing web of data sources (Google Toolbar,...

Comjuice is like Alexa, only far less accurate

When you've got competitors (and what business doesn't?), it's always interesting to try and figure out how they're doing. Is the grass really greener on their lawn? Do they get more visitors than you do? That's what third-party Analytics services like Comjuice try to help you with. It integrates some metrics from Alexa and Compete.com, and adds some of its own. Unfortunately, it appears to be...

Ultimate Flag extension for Google Chrome shows a site's safety, traffic, and location info

WebOfTrust is an awesome extension for Google Chrome in its own right -- it provides trust and safety ratings for websites and helps keep you out of trouble. They also allow other developers to tap into their data, which leads to cool little spin-offs like the Ultimate Chrome Flag extension. After you install the extension, you'll see a flag icon in your Chrome Omnibar which tells you where a...

Well, duh: Mininova loses two thirds of its traffic after going legal

Mininova, once the most popular torrent site on the web, has seen a monumental drop in traffic since it went legal last week. Without the lure of pirated movies, albums and software, folks are turning elsewhere for their torrent fix. (Hint, hint: not that we're condoning piracy, but feel free to use Download Squad's list of Mininova alternatives within the laws of your local jurisdiction.) ...

Turn your keyboard LEDs into network activity indicators with a free app

Most keyboards built in the last twenty years or so sport three LEDs - number lock, caps lock, and scroll lock. I'm pretty sure that over those same twenty years I've used each one for a combined total of five minutes. It sure would be nice if I could somehow force the LEDs to perform another duty. Say, for example, blinking in time with my network activity? That would be pretty slick. And...

Google adds mobile tracking and intelligent alerts to Analytics

Google has announced some major improvements to its Google Analytics traffic tracking package, mostly focusing on improving the way it tracks mobile devices. Adding a new snippet of code to the mobile version of your site will get you traffic analysis from mobile devices, and it works regardless of whether a visitor's mobile browser supports Javascript. Google has also added features for iPhone...

11 p.m. is officially party time on the Internet

A new study has determined that Internet usage is highest at 11 p.m. Eastern Time. Although there's a big jump around 4 p.m. - people at work getting bored, probably - and a gradual increase in traffic starting at 8, it turns out that 11 is peak time. I can definitely speculate about what so many people might be doing online at that hour of the night, but it turns out that I don't have to. The...

I Love Traffic - Time Waster

I Love Traffic is a unique take on a flow-management game. In it, you play the part of traffic computer, turning lights green and red to control the flow of traffic. Some roads you have control over, while others are free-flowing. This means that to avoid accidents, you need to carefully manage which lights you turn green, and for how long. The game view is top-down, and while the graphics are...