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August figures for search engine share as recorded by Compete found Google with two-thirds of queries made during the month.

"And you may ask yourself - well...how did I get here?"
-- the wisdom of David Byrne, "Once In A Lifetime"

Judging by the latest figures from Compete, Google got there by snaring search market share away from Microsoft’s MSN and Live Search services.

Two-thirds of the searches performed in August traveled through Google. 66.6 percent. That’s not the mark of the beast, but the mark of a titan.

Yahoo held onto second place with a smidgen of a gain, to 19.8 percent. Microsoft had enjoyed a double-digit share in July, but that evaporated to 9.4 percent in August. Ask.com fared as it did in July, with 3.1 percent.

"After two strong months of gains MSN/Live search market share lost nearly a point in August," said Compete’s Jeremy Crane.

"The silver lining for Live Search is that despite market share losses, the actual number of queries being performed on Live increased nearly 3% from July to August."

Query volumes increased for the month for Yahoo and Ask, slight though they were. Google query volume rose over 3.5 percent from July to August.

Search Share Same As It Ever Was
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