According to comScore data released today, Ask.com had the biggest jump in search queries. By that measurement, Ask had more growth than Google, MSN, or Yahoo last month (January 2008) compared to the prior month’s volume.
Ask has a small piece of search market share but they have been a leader in universal search. That is, they integrate search results for more than web sites – but for images, video, local information, news, blogs, and other media. Ask got further into social media integration with their recently launched social news aggregation site BigNews.
Of course, Ask occupies a tiny sliver of the overall search volume. Here’s the breakdown on the top 4 search engines:
- Google Sites – 7.7 billion searches (comScore says Google got 58.4% of searches in January)