According to ComScore data for February, Google increased its market share to 42.3%, from 36.3% on a year-over-year basis. High-profile rivals Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO - News) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT - News) both dipped. Yahoo!'s search share fell to 27.6% from 31.1%, while MSN's share dropped to 13.5% from 16.3%. In an interesting aside, IAC/InterActiveCorp.'s (Nasdaq: IACI - News) Ask.com increased to 6% from 5.3%. (Ask.com recently dropped long-time gentleman's gentleman Jeeves and has embarked on a TV ad campaign entreating folks to give its search tools a whirl.)
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Google increased its market share to 42.3%, from 36.3%
I would like to know where they get these numbers because there not even close to the world I live in. Google at 42%? I have never seen any stats I look at, for any site we have, reflect a number that low.
I'm guessing they count any type of search, such as news, jobs, or shopping, as Google's percentage has seemed too low on studies for years. If you include searches that are effectively just within Yahoo or MSN's sites, maybe that explains it. For pure web searches, I'd guess Google's share is closer to 65%.