Thanks, nice to be welcomed in one's own language :)
Is Jubii #1 in Denmark?
Latest published weekly figures are from week 25-2003 - in week 25-2002 (last year), Jubii had 832.811 Unique Visitors and in wk 24-2002 it was 926.415. (Two weeks are quoted because I do not remember the weather for week 25 last year)
For week 25-2003 the MSN figures are not yet published on the FDIM site, but they are on the TNS Gallup site [gallup.dk] (the research company collecting the data.)
MSN has 739.066 UV for week 25-2003, and 876.105 UV for the week before (wk 24-2003).
It could very well be that the Jubii site is still the largest in Denmark, and MSN is #2 - unless their (Jubii's) market share has dropped since they chose to refrain from publishing their figures.
Jubii recently had some changes in management (and - being part of Lycos - also the recent mandatory Lycos design shift mentioned elsewhere, hence less search and more portal), so perhaps they'll choose to publish stats again sometime - one never knows.
Note: This part of the post might be a bit off-topic, but it clarifies the remark about "browser hijacking".
True - the "Domain not found" MSN IE browser search page is part of the Danish MSN figures (the blue page). The ordinary 404 "The page could not be found" (the white page) and all the rest of the white pages are not.
It was decided that this was the right thing to do after much debate - the key arguments "pro" were:
1) Clearly, this page has MSN Look-and-feel. A visitor is never in doubt about which site he/she is visiting when seeing it.
2) The deafult search page can be changed to something else than MSN Search (see, ie. the thread about the new googlebar).
3) The user might even use this feature on purpose, and intend to see the search results.
The "con" arguments was:
1) Unfair competition - the page is set by default in the browser that ships with the Windows OS.
2) The user does not do anything to actively look up that page.
As the page could clearly be changed into something else, argument #1 did not carry heavy weight. If the market (internet users) preferred another search engine, say Jubii or Yahoo, these engines could make a script for their users to download, which would present their results in stead.
Some of the more, let's just say "interesting" or "alternative", sites have already done so to drive traffic and click revenue (only their option to "install" is disguised as something else.) I have personally seen one such example, and i plainly refuse to provide the URL even if I could remember it ;)
Argument #2 (con) is just as believable as argument #3(pro) - who can say what is actually the case? Remember - most internet users are not even close to a basic understanding of how the net works. Plus: There are people who just doesn't routinely crank out as many words as I do - there are people who do not spell as well as others. It just might be that they consider this to be a valuable feature, and one that they actually use on purpose.
It is entirely within the realms of possibility that some users of computer hard- and software do consider "the company behind the IE browser" to be making nice, user-friendly, and understandable tools for them. There's a probability well above zero for that, actually I'd guess it's close to one, but one tends to forget when speaking to a lot of tech-savvy people. It's not all people, but I'd think it was the vast majority of "ordinary users" judging by all sources.
I, by all means, know that these things can lead to a lot of confusion, but that's the way it works.
The current status is, that the measurement concerns "publications", and "readership/usage", so the MSN Search page case is, in some strange way, similar to the silly little toys found in McD meals, annoying commercials in your favorite magazines, or commercial breaks interrupting your favorite tv-show.
If You use them, you count - You don't have to like them, but You have to perform some kind of action to become a reader (choose the wrong meal, the wrong magazine, the wrong tv-channel, or type the wrong address).
And no, standard popups and popunders don't count. There has never been any doubt that such exposure is not what the user came for.