The latest search engine statistics
"Nearly 15.7 billion explicit core searches were conducted in August. Google Sites ranked first with 10.3 billion searches, followed by Yahoo! Sites in second with 2.7 billion (up 3 percent) and Microsoft Sites in third with 1.7 billion (up 2 percent). Ask Network accounted for 598 million explicit core searches (up 2 percent) followed by AOL LLC Network with 366 million. [...]
Google Sites accounted for 60.5 percent of total core search queries conducted, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 21.0 percent and Microsoft Sites with 12.8 percent. Ask Network captured 3.5 percent of total search queries, followed by AOL LLC with 2.2 percent."
Bing overtakes Yahoo! as the #2 U.S. search engine
"For the first time, MSN/Windows Live/Bing Search overtook Yahoo! as the #2 search engine in the U.S. with a 13.9% share of search volume in August 2010, a 0.25% delta increase from the previous month. Although Google saw little change in its month-over-month search volume, it still dominates the search market, accounting for 65% of all U.S. searches. [...]
In terms of a year-over-year comparison, Google has seen little change in its share of search while Yahoo! has seen a small but steady decline, going from a 16.0% share to 13.1% (a delta drop of 2.9% or a relative drop of 18%). MSN/Windows Live/Bing’s share has grown from 10.7% in August 2009 to 13.9%."
Cuil goes down, and we hear it's down for good
"Cuil, the much maligned search engine that at one time had hopes of toppling Google, has gone offline. And from what we hear from former employees, it’s not just a temporary outage, it may be done for good. [...]
The company had raised $33 million in venture capital in 2007 and 2008."
Google adds several smaller features to the search results
"Here are some of our recent updates: Director and cast links in movie search results, new results for TV episodes [...]
This week we extended the [stars in search] feature to local results, so now you can star places and get to them later—through a search, on Google Maps or on your phone. For example, if you're planning a trip to Tucson, you might want to go to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum—so you would star the result from your desktop computer."
New details about Google Instant search
"Instant has Google's improved triggering for realtime queries and that could tie directly into their 'Social Layer' scheduled for release in Q4 2010. You'll find Google Squared technology in Instant results for queries like [inventor of airplane].
You may notice, the scroll to search feature actually pushes results down the page and the footer search box is no more. It's possible that Google Instant's GUI emphasizes images, video and highly positioned AdWords ads (colored background) more, because they flash in and out of view in certain cases."
Search engine newslets
- Yahoo's internal three year plan: 1 billion users and $10 billion in revenue.
- Instant Search: Google's biggest ever mistake?
- Google Instant – AdWords display differences.
- Video Sitemaps: Is your video part of a gallery?
- Themed ads in Google Custom Search.
- Yahoo Search fall preview.
- Multimedia search on Yandex.com.
- Is Google a monopolist? A debate.
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