Search Fragmentation

Fred Wilson writes about the search engines he uses:

I used to always search via Google using the Firefox search field. Then I switched to Yahoo! Now I search on both and a bunch of other services as well.

I wish there was a way to track which search services I use the most, but here is my best guess:

1 – Google – 25%
2 – Yahoo – 20%
3 – Wikipedia – 20%
4 – Delicious – 15%
5 – Flickr – 10%
6 – Answers – 5%
7 – Others – 5%

I do think that as Firefox and hopefully IE7 offer more opportunity to customize the search field, people will do just that and start choosing the appropriate web service to search before hitting the enter key.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.