Google accounted for 48.5% of all searches in February 2006, according to a report by Nielson/NetRatings. Yahoo accounted for 22.5% and MSN for 10.7%.


Google accounted for 48.5% of all searches in February 2006, according to a report by Nielson/NetRatings. Yahoo accounted for 22.5% and MSN for 10.7%.

In January 2006, Google accounted for 48.5%, Yahoo for 22.2% and MSN for 115 of all searches.

The total number of searches increased 38% to 5.3 billion in Feb 2006, compared to 3.8 billion in Feb 2005.

The study also revealed that in the month of February 2006, an average internet user conducted 43.1 searches, compared to 33.2 searches in February 2005.

Michael Lanz, vice president of search industry solutions at Nielson/NetRatings, said: “While the number of unique searches in the U.S. over the past year has remained relatively stable, we see search usage intensity increasing, not only in the number of searches done per person for general Web content, but also for searches initiated specifically for photos and graphics, as well as for comparison shopping information.” [Source]

Image search has increased 91% to 3.6 billion in 2006, compared to 1.8 billion in 2005. Google accounted for 71.9% of all image searches in Feb 2006. Yahoo accounted for 19.1% and Ask.com accounted for 3.5% of all image searches.

For more information on the study, Source.

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