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The Un-Google - The Search Competition 141

WinEveryGame writes "The Economist is running an article on the state of the competition for Internet Search. While Google clearly dominates, and continues to have positive momentum, its leadership is still vulnerable. The search-engine battle is not over yet." From the article: "In terms of momentum — mass times velocity — Google's lead indeed looks daunting. It has by far the most mass, with an American market share of 43% as of April, which reaches 50% counting AOL, an internet property that uses Google's search technology. This compares with 28% for Yahoo!; 13% for MSN, which belongs to Microsoft; and 6% for Ask, which is owned by IAC/Interactive Corp, a conglomerate of about 60 online media brands. Google also has velocity: its market share grew by 17% in the four quarters to this spring, whereas Yahoo! and MSN both lost share. Only Ask has more velocity — its share grew by 35% — but then again it has little mass."
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The Un-Google - The Search Competition

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  • google cant find me (Score:2, Informative)

    by JCOTTON ( 775912 ) on Friday June 16, 2006 @09:54AM (#15548317) Homepage Journal
    Actually, I have as small personal page for people who are looking for me to find me. It is here. [] I am probably the only person in the world with a page that lists my name and my elementary school name. If you do a search on these terms "JOSEPH COTTON SEABREEZE" in google, you will not find my page. If you do a search in yahoo, then there it is at the top. So Google is not king, by any marker other than market share.
  • by Betabug ( 58015 ) on Friday June 16, 2006 @10:04AM (#15548388) Homepage
    Which world do these numbers come out of? This month on my private site so far I got 1400 incoming links vom Google and 30 from MSN (the next runner up), 27 from Yahoo. Maybe it's just that Google loves my site for some strange reason, but I can't imagine my own little sample of web hits is statistically so "off" from their numbers. Other sites I admin for have similar numbers.

    The numbers of pagehits by spiders from those search companies are much more on an equal basis. Sometimes one of them is on top, sometimes the other, but they all spider like crazy.

    Much more interesting are little search engines like gigabot, which never ever gave me one incoming link but still spider like it's going out of style. Somehow makes me think they must live either off warm air or spam. What reason to be do they have?
  • the climbing (Score:3, Informative)

    by op12 ( 830015 ) on Friday June 16, 2006 @10:32AM (#15548596) Homepage
    About a month back I did a comparison of some searches, based on ask's claims of understanding concepts. They were able to outperform Google in this functionality: d=55 []
  • by Unxmaal ( 231 ) on Friday June 16, 2006 @10:46AM (#15548700) Homepage
    At some point within the last few months, Google removed the "Remove this site from search results" button. I made heavy use of it, perma-banning resultspammer sites like and its ilk.

    Sadly, this button is now gone from Personalized Search, and the resultspammer sites are steadily reducing Google's usefulness to me. Where I could once search for specific tech terms and get a good batch of reference resources, now I'm getting junk portal pages for the top five results.

    Sure, I could report [] a link as spam, but that's a lot more time-consuming than the button, and it doesn't appear to have any immediate results for my searches.

    This makes me sad. I've loved Google since I first met her, but I can't be with her if she's going to continue mainlining spam.
  • by LnxAddct ( 679316 ) <> on Friday June 16, 2006 @10:59AM (#15548811)
    Relevance is key, and your site isn't very relevant (no offense). If you put your name in quotes, it turns up a better result (1st or 2nd). Apparently there are more important websites out there that contain joseph, cotton, and seabreeze. Get over it.
  • by billstr78 ( 535271 ) on Friday June 16, 2006 @12:49PM (#15549658) Homepage
    There are no actually subject specific "experts" at Ask. They use computer algorithms which are generic enough to work with any subject group, not just ones that a single person might know a bit about. The term "Expert" is figurative and not literal.
  • by miyako ( 632510 ) <> on Friday June 16, 2006 @01:20PM (#15549883) Homepage Journal
    One engine that has a really interesting way of dealing with this is ahref= []http ://> which is a meta search engine. Its written in flash, but uses an interesting concept of creating a "map" of different pages.
    I just did a search on "Paris" and it brings up a list of pages- you can mouse over the pages to get a preview of the site. It also gives you a list of categories such as "City of Paris" "Accomodations" and "Entertainment". These categories are listed on the background of the map, and the pages are grouped according to their category. Lines are drawn between pages showing links and the category that connects them.
    It's kind of hard to explain but actually a really neat concept. I don't use it as my primary search engine (I rarely use it at all) but it can be very useful for people who either, A: aren't familiar enough with search engines to play the "add and subtract various keywords and add quotes until I get the results I'm looking for" game or B: only have a general idea of what they are looking for, and want a quick way to narrow down their results

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