April search engine results, Yahoo gains while others fall

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Yahoo may have taken the spotlight this month, but it is still far away from Google who is dominating the search market.  ComScore released their monthly statistics showing the rise and fall of the search engine marketshare.

Google's marketshare dropped from 65.1% last month to 64.4% while Microsoft's Bing crept up from 11.7% to 11.8%.  Yahoo was the only search engine to actually show large gains this month, jumping from 16.9% to 17.7%.  Other search engines like AOL dropped from 2.5% to 2.4% and Ask.com dropped from 3.8% to 3.7%.

Yahoo gained marketshare because of their new slideshow feature during search queries.  As users scroll through the image results, each image generates a new search query, which is tracked by ComScore.  The inflation of queries severely affected the results this month, causing Yahoo to gain for the first time in nearly a year.

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hackson said,
Why is it that ask tries to become the default search on so many sharewares but its still so behind?
If you have to Ask... (couldn't help it)

Probably because their site is far slower than Google, Yahoo and Bing, and their results have never been as good as any of them on the few occasions that I've given them a shot.

I'll be honest with you guys... I started to use google a couple of years ago as a homepage because it is so light that is does not require the browser some more loading before you start using it. ...and then, I became used to the results layout. and then they added maps (wow) and images. it is simple and this is why I use it. I think that almost all major players here deliver great search results.

Mouettus said,
I'll be honest with you guys... I started to use google a couple of years ago as a homepage because it is so light that is does not require the browser some more loading before you start using it. ...and then, I became used to the results layout. and then they added maps (wow) and images. it is simple and this is why I use it. I think that almost all major players here deliver great search results.
You should give Bing a shot for their maps. Specifically use the aerial views. They give you 90 degrees of freedom to rotate most places to view with photos taken by a plane; it provides a much better result when you do not know where you are going by giving you reference markers that you can pick out easily.

I still use Google for their search results, but the last two times I used Google Maps (this year) I got sent to the wrong place. Bing has a pretty cool image search, but I rarely do that anyway. Google has a neat select by color image sub-search.

I keep on trucking with Google. It still has the simplest interface and, with the years I've spent personalizing my search results, is the most accurate for me.

I use Bing every day but with United States language settings because bing is still beta in Belgium.
(does anybody know when they go out of beta?)

souldreamer said,
What about altavista? Did it died?

I still used their translator (babelfish) until I discovered google's, which dectecs the language you wrote the word in. so fast!

I personally use Bing for everyday searching, but use Google for finding coding help.. I think Bing fails when it comes to search for PHP help

Andrew Lyle said,
I personally use Bing for everyday searching, but use Google for finding coding help.. I think Bing fails when it comes to search for PHP help

Bing is good for specific tasks since it's more task based compared to google who just spits out a more generic listing of whatever matches your search terms.

I use bing more day to day as well but sometimes if you want something weird, like PHP code or w/e, then i'll fall back to google. Bings getting better though, and the market agrees or it's share wouldn't keep going up.

GP007 said,

Bing is good for specific tasks since it's more task based compared to google who just spits out a more generic listing of whatever matches your search terms.

I use bing more day to day as well but sometimes if you want something weird, like PHP code or w/e, then i'll fall back to google. Bings getting better though, and the market agrees or it's share wouldn't keep going up.

Which is why i prefer Google to Bing. Not hard to format your search in a way to get exactly the results you want on Google. Bing seems to think it knows what I want better than I do. Don't need a search engine telling me what I want when its usually wrong.

My first internet machine was a Sega Saturn with the web browser. Excite was the main search engine, remember Excite, anyone? Hello? um...

bluewind. said,
I preferred Lycos.

I used lycos as well, haha. Oh man, truth be told I was one of the first to switch to google though because I liked the minimalist look (say goodbye to that now) and it's speed (back when everyone was on slowmo dialup). God I'm old.

Leeoniya said,
ya-who? isn't their search about to become "Bing Powered" anyways. who cares?

It's important, like anything market share wise is, Bing going up shows they're doing something right, and yahoo for that matter. Googles been stuck at it's 65% for quite some time it seems and these are US only. Yahoo is HUGE in Asia where Google is fighting for last place with the rest.

Leeoniya said,
ya-who? isn't their search about to become "Bing Powered" anyways. who cares?

I'm sure the better power-search results will be brought to Bing's revision when both are merged. Bing's decision engine results are good though.

ccoltmanm said,
I use Bing for everything now. Images and Maps are the best, and search results are smart.

Took me several weeks/months but I've now defaulted to Bing for everything.

ccoltmanm said,
I use Bing for everything now. Images and Maps are the best, and search results are smart.


Wasn't too difficult for them to out-do the competition. But their television ad campaign is probably scaring a lot of people off.

ccoltmanm said,
I use Bing for everything now. Images and Maps are the best, and search results are smart.

Bing makes Google looks like it belongs in the 90s.

Google's bare homepage is so boring!

3dfxman said,
Nothin beats google


At selling ad space or collecting user data? Because they aren't hard to beat at search.

Conrad_ said,
I hate Bing, its useless for the UK - Gives me rubbish results, whereas google gets it right straight away.

Same thing on Brazil, and I tried. A lot.
I think bing is useless anywhere outside USA.

aristofeles said,

Same thing on Brazil, and I tried. A lot.
I think bing is useless anywhere outside USA.

i'm in jamaica and bing is amazing!

I tried bing many times, the results are useless, takes forever to find what you need.

meanwhile, the google results are spot on - either 1st or 2nd link is EXACTLY what i need.

panacea said,
I tried bing many times, the results are useless, takes forever to find what you need.

meanwhile, the google results are spot on - either 1st or 2nd link is EXACTLY what i need.

Lol, I don't know if you're American, but Bing's results have generally put what I want in the 1st or 2nd link so far. I can feel for those non-Americans who use Microsoft's web services.