How fast is your broadband?

How fast is your broadband?
The Gadget Show on channel 5 is running a ‘How fast is your broadband’ campaign, apparantly to try and get the major ISP’s to give accuarte broadband speeds to customers.

Their broadband speed test has been designed in conjunction with thinkbroadband. It may take a couple of minutes to run, but should give you a very good indication of your home broadband speed – and whether or not you’re getting close to the speeds your ISP has advertised.

We at Direct Submit would encourage ISP’s to give honest and accurate broadband speed information to the customer – removing the infamous ‘up to’ catch all they use when advertisng their services. Here’s hoping…

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Fastest-Growing Search Engine?

Is Twitter the Fastest-Growing Search Engine?
So what is the world’s fastest growing search engine? According to one expert, it isn’t Microsoft Bing or even Google but Twitter. Of course, you need to consider that the source might be a little biased since according to PC Magazine, the proclamation was made by Twitter CEO Biz Stone.

While speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Stone said that Twitter users perform more than 800 million searches on the site each day, a number larger than Yahoo! and Bing combined. Stone said that the high volume of searches proves that Twitter is more than just a social media network.

“That’s been a myth since the beginning,” he said. “We’re much more like an information network or a source of news.”

However, many people are skeptical about Stone’s claims of such high volume of Twitter searches. Robert Andrews of PaidContent.org said that Stone is using an apples-to-oranges way of comparing Twitter to leading search engines since people are searching for different types of content on each type of site.

Another problem, as pointed out by the San Francisco Chronicle, is that Stone is counting automated messages sent by apps like Tweet Deck that “are actually just automated calls those apps send out every few minutes to populate columns users have set up to see tweets on certain topics.”

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Yahoo! Launches Testing with Bing

Yahoo! Launches Testing with Bing
As part of the Yahoo! and Microsoft Search Alliance, Yahoo! recently announced that they have started testing organic and paid search listings from Microsoft Bing for up to 25 percent of Yahoo! search traffic in the U.S.

According to the announcement, searchers won’t see the difference by simply looking at the overall page, but may notice differences in how Yahoo! displays certain search results. This is because Yahoo! is testing a host of new product configurations.

Yahoo! expects that organic search listings will be 100 percent powered by the Microsoft platform starting in August and September, while paid search should be fully powered by October.

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