According to Hitwise Facebook overtook Google in market-share although Alexa still ranks Google as the most visited website. Since Alexa’s data source tends to be more comprehensive/accurate Hitwise probably jumped the gun but might be right in upcoming months.
Google now lets users crunch public data with the data visualization tools it acquired when it bought Trendalyzer from the Gapminder Foundation (see my March 2006 entry ‘Qualitative Data Analysis‘). The ‘Public Data Explorer‘ is a new solution in Google Labs that lets users create interactive charts using data sets from the World Bank, the U.S. Census Bureau, California Department of Education and 13 other agencies. The GUI – in typical Google fashion – is rudimentary. And there does not seem to be too much data in there yet. Still I could have used that for my presentation on cultural differences last month.