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comScore Releases February 2012 U.S. Search Engine Rankings

Friday, March 09, 2012

comScore Releases February 2012 U.S. Search Engine Rankings16:01 EST Friday, March 09, 2012RESTON, Va., March 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. Google Sites led the explicit core search market in February with 66.4 percent of search queries conducted. (Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080115/COMSCORELOGO) U.S. Explicit Core SearchGoogle Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in February with 66.4 percent market share (up 0.2 percentage points), followed by Microsoft Sites with 15.3 percent (up 0.1 percentage points) and Yahoo! Sites with 13.8 percent. Ask Network accounted for 3.0 percent of explicit core searches, followed by AOL, Inc. with 1.5 percent. comScore Explicit Core Search Share Report*February 2012 vs. January 2012 Total U.S. ? Home & Work LocationsSource: comScore qSearchCore Search EntityExplicit Core Search Share (%)Jan-12Feb-12Point ChangeTotal Explicit Core Search100.0%100.0%N/AGoogle Sites66.2%66.4%0.2Microsoft Sites15.2%15.3%0.1Yahoo! Sites14.1%13.8%-0.3Ask Network3.0%3.0%0.0AOL, Inc.1.6%1.5%-0.1*"Explicit Core Search" excludes contextually driven searches that do not reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results.17.6 billion explicit core searches were conducted in February, with Google Sites ranking first with 11.7 billion. Microsoft Sites ranked second with 2.7 billion searches, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 2.4 billion, Ask Network with 535 million (up 2 percent) and AOL, Inc. with 266 million. comScore Explicit Core Search Query ReportFebruary 2012 vs. January 2012 Total U.S. ? Home & Work LocationsSource: comScore qSearchCore Search EntityExplicit Core Search Queries (MM)Jan-12Feb-12Percent ChangeTotal Explicit Core Search17,80417,588-1%Google Sites11,78611,673-1%Microsoft Sites2,7072,684-1%Yahoo! Sites2,5062,430-3%Ask Network5275352%AOL, Inc. 277266-4%"Powered By" ReportingIn February, 68.6 percent of searches carried organic search results from Google (versus 68.4 percent in January) while 26.2 percent of searches were powered by Bing (versus 26.5 percent in January).About comScorecomScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in measuring the digital world and preferred source of digital business analytics. For more information, please visit www.comscore.com/companyinfo.SOURCE comScore, Inc.For further information: Stephanie Flosi of comScore, Inc., +1-312-777-8801, press@comscore.com