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Comscore confirms slight Google Drop

Internet Data Cruncher Firm, Comscore (opens in new tab) has confirmed that Google's grip on the US Search market has been slightly loosened in December as the grand daddy of search lost a tiny 0.2, falling to 58.4 percent in December 2007.

Second place Yahoo has garnered 22.9 percent of the US searches in the same period, a rise of 0.5 point compared to November 2007. Third place Microsoft remains stabled at 9.8 percent.

Altogether, the top three search engines represent more than 90 percent of the US search market.

US web surfers have performed nearly 10 billion searches altogether, a fall of nearly 4 percent compared to November 2007; in general, the big five search entities experienced a fall in the number of search queries.

Amongst the list of expanded search entities which include non search websites like Facebook, Ebay and Craiglist, Amazon was the only one which managed to grow in December 2007, partly due to the crowd looking for last minute gifts.

Earlier this week, Research company Nielsen (opens in new tab) revealed that Google's share of the US market fell by 1.4 percent in December 2007 while Microsoft's rose by 0.2 percent.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.