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Search Engine Share of Yahoo Falls Sharply

It is really a setback for Yahoo to know that the search share of Yahoo! search engine for U.S searches experienced a great fall in December 2010. The Company ComScore estimated market shares of major U.S. search engines in the last year. Last month, Americans have made a total of 18.2 billion search queries. This is a 3% increase compared with November, when users asked for help to search engines 17800000000 times.

Google occupies leading position and treated with 11.7 billion queries. Its share of the searches is 64.3%. Yahoo is at Second place via which it controls 18.8% of the market. Last month, the company’s share decreased by 0.5% and On  contrary to this, Microsoft strengthens its position in December to search services corporation appealed 12.0% of web users against 11.3% a month earlier.

In U.S for December 2010 total queries which have been generated were about 16.4 billion. In this case, the order of 11 billion queries accounted for Google. Yahoo! Sites and Microsoft have processed about 2.6 billion and 2 billion queries, respectively. At Ask Network and AOL had about 575 million and 312 million queries, respectively, reports BFM.

The fourth and fifth place is respectively scored by Ask Network and AOL with 3.2 and 1.7%. Shares of the companies compared to November decreased by 0.1%. The above mention stats are based on the data available at the website of ComScore.

You will be amazed to know that according to ComScore data of November month also the popular social network Yahoo was positioned at number three, behind Google and Microsoft.  Facebook wins another record, confirming the success achieved in the public worldwide. The popular social network has become the third most visited Web site, behind Google and Microsoft.

The news  came from ComScore , a company specializing in the sector, according to which, the website founded by Mark Zuckerberg, would have reached the quota of 647.5 million unique visitors in November, surpassing Yahoo! (630.3 million unique visitors).

Of course the first place resists for Google, far away from all the pursuers, with a penetration of 73.8% to 970.1 million visitors. In second place is Microsoft (with 869.4 million and 66.2%).

So after reading the above mentioned stats it’s easily understood that the most popular search engine of the world Yahoo! is now losing its popularity day by day and the social network site Facebook has really achieved the heights in terms of growth and popularity. Google is maintaining its position on the Top level in search engine whereas Microsoft MSN is also growing by promoting its search engine Bing.

Yahoo this is really the time to do something unique to attract more visitors to the search engine. Now, one has to wait and watch what Yahoo! will bring for its visitors. It should be unique and promising.

Twitter: Names to Appear in Search Results

In March 2006 Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams founded the worlds famous micro-blogging website named twitter. It was launched for public use in July 2006. Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows you to post your latest updates. As it replicates the concept of mobile text messaging so the update limit is 140 characters per update. Web form, text message, or instant messages are the options from which you can choose from posting your updates. You can import your contacts from the popular services like Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo to find your existing peers on Twitter. Twitter launched Twitter Japan in April 2008, by partnering with Digital Garage.

Name Searching

Whenever one tries to use the search feature of Twitter to search names, the website return in result all types of tweets and names related to the searched keywords of the search query. Twitter has now come with a better interface to filter out exact stuff, and it has achieved this by dropping names in the search results.

Now the name results related to the search query appear in a horizontal bar just above the search result stream. The name search was already available from a long time but this is the first time that Twitter has placed it prominently in their stream.

The Good In It

The benefit of this feature is that now you would only the verified Twitter profiles in the name search results for which it shows related profiles. Let take an example that if I search for Tom Cruise, now there may be a number of profiles with that name, but it would only show the profile that has been verified by Twitter. You can also easily follow the desire profile now with a single click. No need to open that profile and click the follow button. This sounds super cool as now it is on the part of the provider to differentiate between the real and fake account and we can easily get real accounts and follow exactly want we want. This feature tends to help celebrities in getting more followers now as fake celebrity profiles would not appear any more. This feature has the credit to add another user discovery layer to this popular social media and micro blogging tool. It is proving to be the biggest one yet, potentially. That’s very powerful.

What Twitter Says About It

Twitter has now formally updated it docs with the description of this feature. In the previous year, to help the tweeples for SEO of user searching purposes, they tweaked their title tags. As quoted by the website, “The easiest way to find people is to type their name into the search box on the right hand side of your home timeline. We may show you the top three user results that match your query if there are highly relevant results. We will also provide you a link to user search to view all users that match your query. You can also use Twitter’s people search to find people who currently use Twitter. Click the Find People tab at the top of your page and enter your query. We use the full name as well as the user name fields to give you as many relevant results as possible.”

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