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comScore Releases October U.S. Search Engine Rankings

Tuesday, November 21, 2006; 02:00 AM

comScore Networks today released its monthly qSearch analysis of activity across competitive search engines. In October 2006, Google Sites captured 45.4 percent of the U.S. search market, gaining 0.3 share points from the previous month. Yahoo! Sites maintained its second place ranking with 28.2 percent of U.S. searches, followed by Microsoft Sites (11.7 percent), Ask Network (5.8 percent) and Time Warner Network (5.4 percent).

Share of Online Searches by Engine
August 2006 - October 2006
Total U.S. Home, Work and University Internet Users
Source: comScore qSearch

                                                Aug-06      Sep-06      Oct-06        Pt Chg
                                                                                                 Oct vs. Sept
Total Internet Population       100%        100%        100%          N/A
Google Sites                            44.1           45.1          45.4            0.3
Yahoo! Sites                            28.7          28.1          28.2             0.1
Microsoft Sites                       12.5          11.9          11.7            -0.2
Ask Network                           5.5           5.8            5.8               0.0
Time Warner Network             5.6           5.6            5.4              -0.2

- Americans conducted 6.8 billion searches online in October, up 3 percent versus September.  Annual growth rates in search query volume remained strong with a 33-percent increase versus year ago.
- Google Sites led the pack with 3.1 billion search queries performed in October, followed by Yahoo Sites (1.9 billion), MSN-Microsoft (796 million), Ask Network (392 million), and Time Warner Network (366 million).

For more information on comScore qSearch, please email searchsolutions@comscore.com or call (650) 244-5412.

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