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Alt Search Engine Market Share Mashup

The mashups of our Top Alternative Search Engines list continue! Charles
spotted a great post by the Search The Web 2.0 blog, which took the top 100 and attempted to rank them
by market share. The reason for this ambitious undertaking was a comment that
Charles made when we
first published the list

“…people actually use four main search engines for 99.99% of their
searches: Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and Ask.com (in that order).”

Well it turns out the figure is closer to 95.45%, and that’s counting AOL too!
🙂 Check out the
actual blog post
for the full table, with market share for each of the 100
alt search engines and more. But I especially liked these two summary graphs:

The above graph (large
version here
) shows the long tail of search engines, which is so small
because Google, Yahoo et al are so dominant.

This graph (large
) shows the long tail “under a microscope (using a semi-log
plot)”. As SearchTheWeb2 explains, “it clearly shows that the long
tail for the alternative search engines is again dominated by a few such as AOL,
Digg and Del.icio.us”.

Great stuff! Keep the mashups coming – you can find the other mashups, as
well as Charles Knight’s original Alt Search Engine posts, on his
R/WW profile page

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