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Wikia versus Cuil: first market shares revealed

So-called Google-killers fail to impress

The new Cuil and Wikia search engines have failed to make a dent in Google's dominance of the search engine market, according to Hitwise.

Wikia Search, a highly anticipated search engine from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales that debuted officially in January, held a 0.000079 percent share of the search market in the US at the end of last week, the internet researcher said.

Cuil.com, which launched just a few weeks ago, has fared better with a 0.0070 percent share of the search market in the US at the end of last week, but Hitwise attributes a portion of that share to the sharp rise in searches on the website that came from fanfare from its launch.

Cuil's search share is trending down now, according to Hitwise. Cuil hit the spotlight in news reports in part because some of its top people are former Google search engineers.

Google, by contrast, accounted for 70.77 percent of all online search engine queries in the US for the four weeks ending July 26, according to Hitwise. The figure is Google's tenth consecutive record high in monthly search share, and up from the 64.35 percent share it took in July of last year.

Despite lagging in the distance, Wikia Search at least continues to move forward.

On Monday, Wikia Search released the latest update to its Grub tool, which crawls the web indexing pages.

The company's search engine is based on the idea to get people involved to aid in its development by ranking websites and downloading Grub so the web crawler can tap into unused bandwidth on their PCs.

Wikia Search also early this month launched an official version of the Wikia toolbar that can be downloaded and added on to the Firefox web browser.

See also:

Wikia to topple Google in three years

Google-killer Cuil fails to impress


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