“Google performed well in the fourth quarter, despite an increasingly difficult economic environment. Search query growth was strong, revenues were up in most verticals, and we successfully contained costs,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google. “It’s unclear how long the global downturn will last, but our focus remains on the long term, and we’ll continue to invest in Google’s core search and ads business as well as in strategic growth areas such as display, mobile, and enterprise.”
Google reported revenues of $5.70 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2008, an increase of 18% compared to the fourth quarter of 2007 and an increase of 3% compared to the third quarter of 2008. Google reports its revenues, consistent with GAAP, on a gross basis without deducting traffic acquisition costs (TAC). In the fourth quarter of 2008, TAC totaled $1.48 billion, or 27% of advertising revenues.
Eric Schmidt CEO の言葉にあるように、困難な経済状況にあるこの結果は良好だと思えるし、コア事業でもある検索や広告、そしてこれからの成長分野でもあるモバイル ( 携帯電話 ) やエンタープライズといった Google としての重要戦略分野には長期的に投資し続けるというのも賛成ですね。
Since our last main release, we wanted to provide a better uploading experience — more stable, more accepting of different file formats and more capable to handle heftier uploading needs. We’ve worked hard on the new Uploadr version 3.1.3 to process batch uploads and different types of files, including video, better. As always, you can use the Uploadr to sort, edit and organize your images before presenting them on Flickr.