Bing may catch Yahoo by year's end

Microsoft has really been pushing Bing since its release this past summer, and while it hasn't been able to put a dent in Google's search market dominance, it's sure been busy snatching away searches from other engines. Yahoo is the only search engine (besides Google) that has more maket share than Bing. Bing has continued to catalyze Yahoo's implosion and market share free fall, and analysts are saying that this trend should continue.

According to a chart on Gizmodo, not only will Bing continue to rise, it will likely catch Yahoo, in the US, by the end of the year. Microsoft has put a lot of money into advertising and towards toolbar deals, causing it to gain popularity. Yahoo has continued its decline for some time now and has agreed to let Bing power its search engine, as per their new arrangement. This will continue feeding into Yahoo's loss of market share, allowing it to be surpassed by Bing. Other, smaller, search engines (such as AOL) have also been losing market share to Bing, as well as Google.

With Microsoft's latest HP deal (announced at CES), Bing will only continue gaining market share. The young search engine will be the default browser in 42 countries (USA included, of course). Predictions by analysts that Bing will catch Yahoo by the end of the year don't seem so farfetched. Yahoo is falling fast. Bing is rising faster. It's simple, really.

Bing vs Yahoo chart

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Growled said,
So basically all Bing is doing is killing Yahoo.

It's not like MS needs to be #1 in search to make money. If it eats up yahoo later this year (which it will either way) and ends up with 25-30% of the market that's a very good chunk (look at FF vs IE atm, same deal really. After that MS can start putting on more pressure and making a difference with ad revenue etc. The online ad business is big enough that you don't have to have 50+% of the market to make money.

Yeah, it'been a rough year or so trying to ween off Google. I see them as the pied-piper leading us to their advertising, profiling and datamining mecca. my goog fanbois days are done for now. Herd mentality is helping them push into new markets like no one's business. That there company has a lot of hooks into all of our lives... long-term is scary. Be a fan, but be a little more observant.

I can honestly say that I cannot remember the last time I chose to use Yahoo! for any searches. The last time I remember even seeing the site is when a Firefox search addon defaulted to Yahoo! before I uninstalled it. I have tried Bing a bit, and from what I saw I like, but I just can't seem to stop "googling."

So I did an experiment sort of more like trying to wean myself from Google altogether. I would rank it as a 40% success in the fact that I have gotten away from the Gmail, Google Docs, and Wave, but the rest have been taking me back such as Google Voice and the search engine.

I played with dogpile.com, mamma.com, ask.com and alltheweb.com all of which more or less aggregated the data from google, yahoo, bing and ask. What I discovered is that the results were very poor from Yahoo and metacrawler, but good with Google and Bing.

So, my search engine is back to Google for now, and the rest will be "farmed" out to other providers such as my RSS, Google Voice (will have to find a good alternative), and so forth.

Just as a test, all of you who rely on Google for your mail, search, rss, etc...take a 2 week break from them and try out the others. You might discover that it is HARD to do. lol

Medfordite said,
So I did an experiment sort of more like trying to wean myself from Google altogether. I would rank it as a 40% success in the fact that I have gotten away from the Gmail, Google Docs, and Wave, but the rest have been taking me back such as Google Voice and the search engine.

I played with dogpile.com, mamma.com, ask.com and alltheweb.com all of which more or less aggregated the data from google, yahoo, bing and ask. What I discovered is that the results were very poor from Yahoo and metacrawler, but good with Google and Bing.

So, my search engine is back to Google for now, and the rest will be "farmed" out to other providers such as my RSS, Google Voice (will have to find a good alternative), and so forth.

Just as a test, all of you who rely on Google for your mail, search, rss, etc...take a 2 week break from them and try out the others. You might discover that it is HARD to do. lol

I have done that, but not really for the purpose of leaving google, just because I found stuff that works better for me. I stopped using Google Docs when I installed Office 2007, I stopped googling when Bing came out, however I must admit that sometimes google gets much better results and I use that if Bing doesn't work. I'm still using Gmail, but I view it from Hotmail since you can link multiple E-mail accounts with it and I prefer the UI more. I have found that I am using Chrome more and more though.

Yahoo use to be the huge thing... afrer Google showed up with its simplistic UI, Yahoo bought up too many companies, added too much junk and turned into the mess it is now and it's been down hill ever since

I never use Yahoo for anything anymore. They are the worst of any of them. Their forums still suck, you can't even edit your own posts... they won't let you delete your own posts, they keep the messages stored forever also, and they have no way to delete your account with them. They have been that way for many years.

I bet what market share Yahoo! did have was probably from installed Yahoo! Toolbars. Everyone LOVES those (insert sarcasm punctuation mark here)

Shadrack said,
I bet what market share Yahoo! did have was probably from installed Yahoo! Toolbars. Everyone LOVES those (insert sarcasm punctuation mark here)

The same applies for google as well, how many install their toolbar when you get a PC? Or what about the fact every browser but IE has google as the default setting which users don't change most of the time?

It's not like these % numbers aren't skewed due to those things for yahoo,google and bing as well.

I don't know anyone who uses yahoo.. Nor their email address.

But that damn toolbar probably gets installed in millions of computers worldwide, so people are stuck using it

Andrew Lyle said,
I don't know anyone who uses yahoo.. Nor their email address.

But that damn toolbar probably gets installed in millions of computers worldwide, so people are stuck using it

Yahoo email is quite popular I would think.

Although, for the life of me, I can't figure out why..

Andrew Lyle said,
I don't know anyone who uses yahoo.. Nor their email address
I use their address. I have a couple email addresses for different reasons. So happens the Yahoo addy holds my most important info. Not to mention I enjoy their Push on iPhone. :D

As for their search... never have, probably never will. Bing is a nice change from Google I'll admit.

littleneutrino said,
Seriously i keep forgetting Yahoo Exists people still use Yahoo?

yeah..i dunno y dey do.but i like their email service.

This makes no sense, Bing is Yahoo!...

Microsoft’s Bing search engine will be the exclusive algorithmic search and paid search technology for Yahoo’s sites

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/07/microsoft-yahoo-2/

HalcyonX12 said,
This makes no sense, Bing is Yahoo!...

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/07/microsoft-yahoo-2/

The deal hasn't closed yet. Look further down toward the bottom of that article and it'll even state that they're hoping for it to close in early 2010.

thealexweb said,
Since Microsoft is buying Yahoo's share anyway it doesn't really matter.
Was thinking that myself, pointless statistic and news story really since 100% of Yahoo's share will go to Microsoft soon ;)

TCLN Ryster said,
Was thinking that myself, pointless statistic and news story really since 100% of Yahoo's share will go to Microsoft soon ;)

Well, if anything it shows that Bing is still going up even before they deal with Yahoo takes effect, which hasn't happened yet if I remember correctly.

And people said it was only a fad and it would've dropped like a rock back in, when was it? Sept? Aug? It's been so long I don't even remember.

thealexweb said,
Since Microsoft is buying Yahoo's share anyway it doesn't really matter.
I was thinking this too. I'm sure it won't be long before Bing surpasses Yahoo!

HolyOne said,
I don't know anyone who actually uses Yahoo to search.
Then you don't live, or know, people in Asia.. Where Yahoo is still huge, for god only knows why..

I never even used it when it was Popular in North America.. I started with Altavista(.digital.com.. if you forgot the digital parts the teachers got upset ), and moved to Google shortly after it's launch..

Ryoken said,
Then you don't live, or know, people in Asia.. Where Yahoo is still huge, for god only knows why..

I never even used it when it was Popular in North America.. I started with Altavista(.digital.com.. if you forgot the digital parts the teachers got upset ), and moved to Google shortly after it's launch..

Yahoo can't be that big in Asian. The numbers are too low.

HolyOne said,
I don't know anyone who actually uses Yahoo to search.

I use Yahoo! Search and Google search. Sometimes Yahoo! has better search results for things for classes and sometimes Google does. So I use both.

HolyOne said,
I don't know anyone who actually uses Yahoo to search.

Haha. Me either.

When Yahoo! was kinda popular, I used Webcrawler. I think Yahoo! Mail was my first free web based email... stopped using that years ago.

HolyOne said,
I don't know anyone who actually uses Yahoo to search.

+1 I can honestly say I've never seen anyone EVER using it...

Ryoken said,
Then you don't live, or know, people in Asia.. Where Yahoo is still huge, for god only knows why..

I never even used it when it was Popular in North America.. I started with Altavista(.digital.com.. if you forgot the digital parts the teachers got upset ), and moved to Google shortly after it's launch..


I dont think so, The search market share that yahoo hold are also google users atlease most of them.

HolyOne said,
I don't know anyone who actually uses Yahoo to search.

i know a lot of older people who use Yahoo

but definitely no young people, its Google for the smart and Microsoft-whatever for the noobs

Wuffy said,

i know a lot of older people who use Yahoo

but definitely no young people, its Google for the smart and Microsoft-whatever for the noobs


Since when does using a specific search engine makes you smart/dumb/elite or whatever, Now if you were so smart wouldn't you be using a website that searches both google/bing at the same time? sites like http://bingle.nu/ or http://www.bing-vs-google.com/ How about if you were really smart, would there even be a need to use a search engine to begin with.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,

LoL, same here. I think it was a different generation Market share declines as they die out j/k


yea....they are dying so Yahoo loosing share everyday :P