Category Archives: Technology
I need to get a Motorola Q!
The new Google Trends tool is pretty cool. You can use it to compare the relative popularity of competing services, products, teams, etc. Similar to Google Finance, the graphs include related news stories as reference points. Here are some examples:
Sirius Satellite Radio announced yesterday that they crossed the 4 million subscriber mark. It took them a little over 3 months to grow from 2 million (September 15th, 2005) to 3 million (December 27th, 2005). It took less than 3 months for Sirius to go from 3 million to 4 million (March 20th, 2006). If they keep up this growth rate, Sirius would end the year with over 7 million subscribers. Sirius’ stock is up significantly over the last week on this news. XM reached 6 million on January 4th, so they will need to announce something about passing 7 million in the next week or so to keep pace with Sirius. I’ll be updating my XM vs Sirius total subscribers graph when I get the latest numbers from XM.
In their earnings announement yesterday, eBay provided some very interesting revenue figures for their recently acquired Skype division. eBay acquired Skype on October 14, 2005 and since that time, the Skype unit has had $24.9 million in revenues. At the end of Q4 2005, they reported 74.7 million registered Skype users.This really is tremendous growth. I did some digging around and came up
with these data points for registered Skype users:
|Date||Registered Users (millions)||
(1/18/06 earnings report)
Since August 2005 (5 months), that averages out to 178,000 new Skype users per
day! Below is a chart showing the growth since the first public beta
in August 2003: