While it is really early in the Bing v. All Things Search battle there are claims that Bing has surged past Yahoo Search to claim the number 2 search spot (of course, that tiny dot on the horizon is Google which isn’t even bothered by this kind of stuff). TechCrunch and others are talking about how this is, at the very least, a promising start for the folks at Microsoft as they try to be the Google Slayer.
Data from monitoring service StatCounter suggests that Bing, Microsoft’s new search decision engine, has overtaken Yahoo Search as the number two search service in the U.S. and worldwide in large part thanks to stealing market share from leader Google.
OK so let’s list the possible reasons for this happening:
- All the hoopla around the Bing market introduction has created an initial interest spike
- People want another search option other than Google and Bing serves that need
- StatCounter is smart and is trying to get some pub
- IE 6 users were forced to use Bing (and couldn’t un-Bing themselves until a fix was released by Microsoft)
- Bing is just better?
Opinions will be varied on this for sure. If you are Microsoft you have to feel good that at least there was talk about a separation from the rest of search field. The real test will be in the next 30 / 60 /90 days to see if people are using it for real.
For those of you who like pictures here is the StatCounter information. So we have some idea of where this data came from TechCrunch reported that
StatCounter claims to measure the search and browsing behavior of over two million users and says it tracks in excess of ten billion pageloads per month over its network of three million websites
So is Bing the Thing?