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Nick Wilsdon

Nick Wilsdon works as a Content and Digital Strategy Consultant He manages online campaigns for the UK's leading telecom, finance and FMCG brands.

Google Video Maps The Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest stretch of railway in the world. The epic 9226 km journey covers 1/3rd of the planet, 7 time zones, 2 continents, 12 regions and 87 cities. Now Google, in partnership with the Russian Railways has brought this journey to your desktop. By clicking on the map you can view […]

Users Ask Yandex 3m Questions Per Day

The statistics group at Yandex have released a study into the number of questions the search engine receives each day. Every day Russian users post 3 million queries in the form of questions. The highest number of questions are asked on Monday with the least number being asked on Saturday. In 50% of the cases […]

Yandex Release Russian Twitter Statistics

Yandex, the leading search engine in Russia was quick to adopt Twitter. Last September they started publishing a list of the most popular Twitterati and including the service on their blog section, which shows statistics for many social platforms. Now they have released a short PDF report which lists some key statistics for the Twitter […]

RusTechDel Brings U.S. Tech Delegation to Russia

The U.S. State Department organised a delegation of IT luminaries to visit Russia and discuss the state of the web industry. Aside from U.S. officials the group included executives from U.S. tech firms such as Twitter, Ebay and Cisco Systems. Ashton Kutcher, a regular Twitter user with over 4.5m followers bought some star quality to […]

TNS Web Index Report On VKontakte and Odnoklassniki

TNS have released the December 2009 report on the leading sites in Runet. Although the report is in Russian, the statistics are easy enough to understand. As a nod to Alex Howard (@digiphile) who I met online at the #rustechdel, here are the findings on Russia’s leading social networks, VKontakte.ru and Odnoklassniki.ru. VKontakte.ru Editors Note: […]

Ebay To Open Service In Russia

Ebay, the e-commerce platform that connects buyers and sellers have announced that they will open in Russia by the end of March. Users will be able to access the site in Russian and pay for fixed-price items using PayPal, eBay’s online payments system. Chief Executive John Donahoe said Russia’s e-commerce market is worth $5 billion […]

Russian Internet Advertising Market At 19 Billion Roubles

Rossiiskaya Gazata reports that Internet advertising is continuing to take an ever larger share of the overall advertising market in Russia. Despite the economic downturn that has affected the overall spend. Internet advertising in Russia grew by 6 percent in 2009, up to 19 billion roubles (approx. $630.6m USD), while the whole advertisement industry in […]

Mail.ru Dumps Google For Own Search Platform

After negotiations last year, Google won the contract away from Yandex to provide Mail.ru with contextual and organic search results. However, it’s become clear that instead of a transition from Yandex to Google, Mail.ru seems to have decided to go it alone and use results from their own in-house search engine Gogo.ru. This shouldn’t be […]

Yandex Considering $200m ICQ Purchase

Kommersant reports that Yandex, Russia’s largest search engine, is considering purchasing AOL’s ICQ platform at more than $200m. ICQ has between 40m-50m registered users worldwide with the majority in Germany, Russia, Israel and Eastern Europe. In December of 2009 AOL announced that they would be restructuring and selling off some of that assets, including the […]

2010 Year of Tiger In Russia

When I arrived in Russia 6 years ago, it was quite a surprise to find the Russians had adopted the Chinese Zodiac. From October onwards you see references to the coming animal sign all around; in advertising, promotions and products. It is very much part of the Russian New Year tradition. I guess this makes […]