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Google: 66.1% (up 0.7 from 65.4%) Yahoo: 16.7% (down 0.7 from 17.4% Bing: 11.2% (up 0.1 from 11.1%) Ask: 3.7% (up 0.1 from 3.8%) AOL: 2.3% (no change)
To account for Google Instant, comScore has again changed methodology. “Explicit core search” essentially backs out Instant and only records a search when the user clicks a link or presses the enter button. “Core search” also records a search when users pause for 3 seconds to contemplate suggested Instant results.
how/why did ComScore settle on 3 seconds?
With the launch of Instant and them counting a pause of 3 seconds, the numbers are so overly inflated it’s not funny.
If Instant were inflating the numbers, I would expect a 10%-20% pop
Go to compete.com and compare google.com, bing.com and yahoo.com.
But it does seem pretty close to the Yahoo Search "slideshow" controversy a few months back.
Google is a one trick pony
So a 3 second pause counts as an additional search. I wonder if that could have skewed the numbers in Google's favor.