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YouTube Passes Yahoo in Search

Mike Musgrove

Looks like there may be a new runner-up in the online search world.

For years, Google has been the number one most widely-used search engine, followed by Yahoo and Microsoft -- but a new report from Reston-based market research firm ComScore shows the Google-owned video site YouTube as having edged past Yahoo to grab the number-two spot for the first time in August.

Google, is still safely atop the heap at number one, with 63 percent of searches, up two percent from the previous month. YouTube grew three percent, meanwhile.

The survey finds slightly declining use of Yahoo and Microsoft among Web surfers in the United States. The number of searches conducted on Yahoo dropped 5 percent from July to August, according to the firm, and Microsoft sites declined by 6 percent as a search tool.

ComScore says its results are tabulated from a total of 11.7 billion online searches made in the U.S.

By Mike Musgrove  |  October 17, 2008; 4:26 PM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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