superclown2 - 10:53 pm on May 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
This is precisely the behavior I expected to see when eventually some search engine overtook Google's marketshare. Suddenly, being #1 in Google just wouldn't send as much traffic. Now, no search engine ever took Google's market share, but average people I talk to have finally figured out Google isn't the only way to search the web. Depending what they're after, they're going straight to Amazon, Yelp, even social media sites instead. This could totally be diluting Google's share of "searchers."
A friend of mine, a very successful businessman, told me yesterday (completely unprompted) that none of his colleagues use google now for serious searches because for the last year or so they've not been able to find what they want without wading through irrelevant brandspam, Wikipedia and Amazon entries. They've gone back to using Yellow Pages type written directories, telephoning the companies they find interesting and asking them the URLs of their websites. They didn't use Bing either because they assumed (never having tried it) that it was just as bad.