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Archive for August, 2008

Traffic trends for Digg vs. nine other social news sites

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Digg has become synonymous with “social news”, but there are a number of other sites with similar concepts out there, many of them with their sights set on trying to remove Digg from the throne. We have looked at the traffic trends for 10 different social news sites to get an idea of how it is going for Digg and its competitors.

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Billion-dollar Web acquisitions that crashed and burned

Excite logoBy the end of the nineties the Web had risen to become a huge factor in the world economy, and we were at the height of the dot-com bubble. Billion-dollar acquisitions of Web companies were not uncommon.

This article lists billion-dollar Web acquisitions that never delivered on their promise. Some companies and services dwindled away into obscurity, some were sold for significantly less money than they were bought for, and some just crashed and burned.

Many of these brands are still in use today, though they don’t have the luster they once had.

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The best job title ever

There are a lot of “Chief Something Officer” titles, such as CEO, CTO, CMO, and so on. But here is a new one: Mosso recently announced that they have hired a Chief Uptime Officer. A CUO! Considering that we here at Pingdom are all about uptime, we LOVE the title. It’s the first time we’ve […]

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Pingdom featured on Mashable

Yesterday, the highly popular tech blog Mashable had a post covering “13 Free and Cheap Website Monitoring Services”. The uptime monitoring service provided by Pingdom isn’t free, but it was still the first on the list. Here is what Mashable had to say about Pingdom: Pingdom has a good set of cheap packages, but alas, […]

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23 awesome license plates for computer geeks

We here at Pingdom are computer geeks, and proud of it. None of us have any geeky vanity plates (custom license plates) on our cars, though. But others have, and we love those. This post is a gallery of pictures of some of the coolest vanity plates we have ever seen, collected from around the […]

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Linux popularity across the globe

The Linux landscape is constantly changing and has a strong community of both developers and users. But where is Linux the most popular, and where are the different Linux distributions the most popular? To try to answer these questions, we have looked at data from Google with the highly useful Insights for Search, which gave […]

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With Firefox 3, Mozilla has changed the way Firefox handles SSL certificates. This change could scare away visitors from tens of thousands of websites that have expired or self-signed SSL certificates. If you visit a website with either an expired or a self-signed SSL certificate, Firefox 3 will not show that page at all. Instead […]

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Tricky, funny and interesting, these are some questions people claim to have been asked at job interviews with Microsoft and Google. And IKEA, sort of… We came across these because we are currently looking for a developer and a support technician to join the Pingdom team, and were searching around the Web for some inspiration […]

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How much you pay for your Apple Mac products depends greatly on where you live. This we already know, but how big that difference actually is may come as a shock to many. We looked at the prices in the United States, Europe and Australia and found some pretty substantial differences. Why do this comparison? […]

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Social network popularity around the world

With the help of Google data, we have looked at 12 of the top social networks to answer a simple, but highly interesting question: Where are they the most popular? The social networks we included in this survey were MySpace, Facebook, Hi5, Friendster, LinkedIn, Orkut,, LiveJournal, Xanga, Bebo, Imeem and Twitter. Popularity by country […]

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