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Google Tops Out According to Comscore

 12:01 am on Aug 20, 2006 (gmt 0)


Google Inc.'s (GOOG) share of the U.S. Internet search market dipped a full percentage point in July when compared to June's total, according to research released Friday by comScore Networks Inc.

"We think (the) loss in domestic market share could signal a topping point" for Google, he wrote. "We do not expect Google's aggressive market share gains to continue in perpetuity."

Please read stats with a bit of statistical weary eye. A 1% difference is well within a margin of error.



 3:35 pm on Aug 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

News-Market Leader

Citation, please?

Maps-I can't watch the local news without seeing Google Maps used at least twice.

I haven't noticed this myself. Maybe I'm not paying attention.

On the other hand, I can't watch the local news OR a late-night talk show without seeing YouTube at least once...


 8:34 am on Aug 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

From StateoftheMedia.org [stateofthemedia.org]
Google News and Yahoo News are currently two of the most popular online news sites, according to data from Nielsen//Net Ratings.


 9:41 pm on Aug 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

According to HitWise (week ending 5/13/06), Yahoo News has the #1 ranking, at 6.3%. Google News ranks #5 at 1.9%.

In business & finance, Yahoo rank #1 at 34.9%, Google #40 at 0.29%.

In maps, Mapquest is #1 at 56.3%. Google Maps is #3 at 7.5%.

Email services, Yahoo is #1 at 42.4%, Gmail's "growing penetration" puts them at #4, 2.54%. (Behind MSN #2 at 22.980% and - yikes! - Myspace Mail #3 at 19.5%.)

One has to be careful how one throws-around "among the leaders", or "market leader".



 7:31 am on Aug 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

When one is a market leader, that means they are among the leaders. When one is the market leader, then they are the leader. I can see where the confusion would arise since my post included neither "a" or "the". I certainly did not mean to imply they were in the number one position for those categories, nor did I mention business and finance at all. I simply replied that not all Googles side ventures have been failures, although they do tend to throw a lot of crap at the wall to see what sticks.

Since we mentioned Nielsen, they published their market share data on the 21st.


 4:25 pm on Aug 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

I don't think 1.9% and #5 in news qualifies as either "the" or "a" market leader.

Anyway, better to have actual metrics than subjective "market leader" proclaimations, and then let people decide for themselves how well Google is doing in these other areas.

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