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Webmail: older people using it more, teens tossing it aside

Taking a look at comScore's comparison of 2009 vs. 2010 webmail use, a couple things are pretty clear. Older users are finally starting to see how Web-based email is useful and getting into the swing of things. That, in turn, seems to be causing teenagers to turn up their noses and flee services like Gmail and Hotmail in droves. OK, maybe it's not the increase in older users causing teens to l...

YouTube Trends launches, now even easier to be virally hip

Have you ever wanted to be in at the beginning of a viral YouTube trend? Well, now's your chance, thanks to YouTube Trends. There are two parts of Trends: a website (which is actually a rather fancy blog), and the Trends Dashboard. The website shows you currently-trending videos (it picks out four new videos at 4am and 4pm every day), and also offers more in-depth contextual analysis of the st...

Twitter Trends explained over WikiLeaks confusion

Following the confusion caused by WikiLeaks failing to become a trending topic on Twitter as was expected last week, Twitter has put out an explanation of how their Trends algorithm actually works. The idea of Trends is to highlight topics of conversation that experience rapid growth in popularity at that time. If something is popular for a long time it gives it a pretty high baseline level, meani...

Awesome blog search service Regator 2.0 opens to the public

Just a couple of weeks ago, we gave out some beta invitations to Regator 2.0, the new and improved version of a very useful tool for searching and exploring blog content. Well, you must have been amazing beta testers, because Regator is open to the public today. Regator's front page shows you the most-blogged stories of the moment, and you can get deeper analytics once you start searching. My ...

Blog search service Regator 2.0 starts private beta - get your invite here!

Download Squad loves Regator. Maybe it's because we're a blog and they're a blog search engine (can I make it any more obvious?), or maybe it's because we interviewed them at SXSW, but we think Regator is the bee's knees. We've just caught a sneak preview of version 2.0, which is in private beta right now, and it adds some neat features that are missing from the current version of Regator. Reg...

Google introduces Twitter timeline search

Google's venture into real-time search just got a lot more serious, with a new Twitter timeline feature. Like Twitter's own search, Google's Twitter timeline can tell you what people are saying about your search term right now. Google's done one better, though, by indexing tweets back to the beginning of time (well, the beginning of Twitter, anyway), and displaying an activity graph that shows yo...

This might be the new Google zeitgeist: Facebook status trends of 2009

Just released on the Facebook blog, the status trends of 2009 make for some very interesting reading. In many ways they mirror the results of Google's search trends, but I have to admit that Facebook has the edge here because it's personal. Rather than simply being 'interesting' -- great, Michael Jackson was the #1 Google trend in 2009 -- Facebook status updates are juicy. It's worth noting ...

Twitter plans to cut the noise out of trending topics ... but how?

Have you ever actually clicked on any of Twitter's trending topics? I don't want to sound like the old guy telling whippersnappers to get off his lawn, but trying to read almost any Twitter trend gives me a headache. There's so much spam with popular hashtags attached that even people who care about the trends aren't getting a great user experience. Twitter realizes this, and they're going to do s...

Digg's homepage will display trending stories for user voting

How can a Digg story make the front page without making the front page? Digg is about to show you, by placing some highly-active stories on the homepage for 10 minutes at a time before they have enough diggs to be there. By putting these trending stories up front, Digg intends to have a higher volume of users digg or bury them, as a sort of filter to decide what belongs on that coveted high-traff...

Trendsmap mixes Twitter Trends and Google Maps

Twitter Trends, whether you find them useful or not, are a rich and interesting set of data to work with. The problem is that you can't narrow it down much: trend data comes Twitter users around the world, with no way to filter by region. Trendsmap combines Twitter Trends with Google Maps to add that ability. You can zoom in and out on the map to narrow your view of trends to the area you're int...

Tweetmixx helps you see what's hot on Twitter

As Twitter becomes more popular, it's become increasingly difficult to stay on top of links, content and stuff you're friends and followers are sharing. Made from the same guys behing Mixx, a Digg-style website that features user submitted content that you can vote on, Tweetmixx is designed to make it much easier to share and view links and content found in tweets. After logging in with your Tw...

Trendsmap is a slick Google Maps - Twitter trends hybrid

While it won't give you any local insight if you happen to be from just about anywhere in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or the Dakotas, Trendsmap is a slick, visual way to see what people are buzzing about on Twitter. This isn't just another boring Twitter-Google mashup, though. It's got some added explorational sizzle. Click on any of the tags, and the introduction window you see in the screenshot...

Regator comes to iPhone

Blogs are a dime-a-dozen these days. There's no shortage of sites dedicated to posting articles on just about anything you could possibly be interested in. Regator.com, a website dedicated to sifting through the countless blogs on the internet has finally released their own companion iPhone application. If you're not familiar with Regator, it's a great web resource that highlights the web's bes...

SnapStream's TV Trends is like Google Trends for TV

SnapStream Media has launched a new tool called TV Trends that lets you track how frequently a word or term is mentioned on major US television channels. SnapStream is the company behind the BeyondTV personal video recorder software and the ill-fated Couchville web-based program guide. The company also offers an enterprise package called Snapstream Server which can record up to 10 channels at a...

Scoopler: real-time search results and more

As developers look at the success of Twitter and the possibilities of real-time, search results that come straight from social networks, we're going to start seeing a lot more search engines like Scoopler. Scoopler delivers search trends in the left column, scrolling search results from Twitter, Delicious, Flickr and Digg in the center, and video, links and images on the right. Scoopler's not g...