Why search when you can socialize, eh? According to Alexa, the Amazon’s traffic ranking service, Facebook has surpassed Google.ca in Canadian traffic.
In the U.S. it ranks 6th three spots below MySpace. Canadians, at least the ones with the traffic measuring Alexa toolbar installed, are now poking, gifting and feed-reading more than using Google. And as the Toronto network for Facebook now exceeds 800,000 one must wonder when and how it will slow down?
I’m a heavy Google user. Docs, Calendars, Photos, you name it. I also am searching the groups, books, and products. Google appears to be slowing rolling out a universal menu on the top left corner of the screen of their products. In it contains Web, Images, Video, News, Maps, Gmail and a pulldown menu named more. I can’t get enough of “more”.
If you’re searching the web it will extend your search into blogs, scholars, even patents. It seems to be inconsistently applied and less frequent for their .ca (Canadian) products. Google, please keep it up! It’s a real time saver!
Last year my wife was given a friend’s iPod mini and ever since she’s been in the market for the accompanying power adapter (which was not included). I’ve been reluctant to buy one new at the Apple Store because they’re $39 so I yesterday I decided to post it in Marketplace on Facebook under “List what you want”. Within 15 minutes I had one response from a friend offering it for free, and by evening there were two more offers. Incredible. I am going to get more stuff on there, including things for sale because it clearly works.
Now if only we Facebookers could be more specific about what we’re looking to sell or looking to buy. UPC code? No. Amazon URL? Maybe. We could then be auto-matched with our friends, our friends’ friends and even people within our network. Sure it would be terrible for the economy, but great for the environment. Buying crap you don’t need isn’t such a sin when it’s second hand is it?