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Google has not always been a leader.

We were introducing you some time ago web browser history and how their popularity has changed over the years. This time we are looking at search engines and the great battle between their producers, which has been going on continuously since at least 1994. Today Google is a monopolist, but … it was not always the case.

You can argue as to which Internet search engine was first available. In the days before www domains, in 1982 a search engine was created whois, recognized by many as the progenitor of these solutions. However, it is widely recognized that the first search engine was W3Catalog, created in 1993 by Oscar Nierstrasz from the University of Geneva. However, the first popular browser was only Yahoo in 1994, which debuted almost in parallel with the solutions Infoseek, AltaVista, Infoseek, Excite and Lycos – these appeared successively over the years 1994-1995.

Data collected by channel operators Data Is Beautiful on YouTube they show that in 1994 hardly anyone used internet search engines. 3.24% of Internet users used Lycos, while only 0.14% from AltaVista and 1.35% from Yahoo, which were soon to dominate the market for these solutions.

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Changes in the popularity of search engines over the years Source: Data is Beautiful @YouTube

The next three years were needed for more competitive solutions to appear on the market. However, Internet users remained faithful to the already-proven "Big Five". At the end of the first quarter of 1997, AltaVista was a synonym for the browser (26.58% of shares), which appeared in many films from that period and was the program most widely advertised. Yahoo was only in fourth place with 9.68%. The increasing access to the Internet has translated into increased interest in web browsers.

The first quarter of 1998 heralded the appearance of new solutions in the rankings. Even more stuck in the memory of Poles using the network in the 90s' AOL Search, and appeared also well-known to older MSN Search users. At the same time, AltaVista began to lose its shares primarily to Yahoo and Lycosa created in a similar period.

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Changes in the popularity of search engines over the years Source: Data is Beautiful @YouTube

At the end of 1998, Google appeared on the scene. Interestingly, the domain was registered at the end of 1997, and the progenitor of the solution was BackRub, created by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in early 1997. The company started with a strong blow and at the end of the 4th quarter it could boast a 5.45% market share.

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Changes in the popularity of search engines over the years Source: Data is Beautiful @YouTube

When the Google browser became popular, the internet changed beyond recognition. Internet users began to give up many solutions in favor of modern Google search engine. Suffice it to say that 10% of network users have already used Chrome at the beginning of the 4th quarter of 1999, when Yahoo became the most popular browser, ahead of AltaVista and Lycos. MSN Search could boast a very high result then.

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Changes in the popularity of search engines over the years Source: Data is Beautiful @YouTube

21.55% of Internet users used the Yahoo search engine in the first quarter of 2001. It is strange that 18.03% of people used MSN Search and as much as 12.94% of AOL Search. Google was then in the 3rd position, consistently attracting crowds of new fans. In the first quarter of 2002, MSN Search hit the "ceiling" with 20.65%. Today, even Microsoft's Bing can dream of a similar one.

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Changes in the popularity of search engines over the years Source: Data is Beautiful @YouTube

A year later, in the 2nd quarter of 2002, Google became the second search engine in the world to ultimately dethrone Yahoo in the 4th quarter. Interestingly, Yahoo was gaining users at the expense of MSN Search and AOL Search solutions, which were losing popularity. The result of 23.91% achieved in the first quarter of 2004 Yahoo never achieved again. After 10 years of the giant, a painful fall awaited.

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Changes in the popularity of search engines over the years Source: Data is Beautiful @YouTube

In the first quarter of 2007 it became extraordinary. At that time, over 50% of network users were already using Google Chrome. Baidu Search (3.99%) and Yandex Search (2.72%) did quite well. Yahoo seemed to hold a strong position with a result of 20.32%, but for representatives of the company, the hegemony of Google was a huge blow.

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Changes in the popularity of search engines over the years Source: Data is Beautiful @YouTube

In the 4th quarter of 2008, a browser came into circulation DuckDuckGo, which has gained respect among Internet users who care about privacy. The tool does not use profiling and does not allegedly store data on searches of individual network users. Lovers of this solution are loud in the network, but statistics mercilessly show that from the beginning they have been the margin of the entire pool of search engine users. When Google had 70.05% of the market in the 4th quarter of 2009, DuckDuckGo had … 0.03%. Yahoo representatives helplessly watched the decline in popularity of their solution, which was then used by 10.30% of Internet users.

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Changes in the popularity of search engines over the years Source: Data is Beautiful @YouTube

Back in 2009, Microsoft and Yahoo announced a 10-year agreement under which Yahoo would be replaced by Bing. This one was still on the network with the annotation "Powered by Bing". No one should be surprised that at the beginning of 2010 Bing had up to 7% of the entire browser market in the rankings. In 2012, he hit the result slightly exceeding 10.30% to begin to lose popularity again – you will not guess in favor of which solution … The second search engine in the world was Chinese Baidu Search, which later gained popularity due to withdrawal Google from China.

Very little has changed in the last six years. The most popular web browser remains Google Chrome, which is used by astronomical interest 77.57% of Internet users. If we take into account the fact that only Chinese use Baidu Search (13.22%), we can safely assume that Google is a synonym for Internet browser and a monopolist on the market.

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Changes in the popularity of search engines over the years Source: Data is Beautiful @YouTube

All the data cited in the text are illustrated in the material prepared by the Data Is Beautiful channel on YouTube, which regularly presents various other interesting comparisons.

Have you ever used a browser other than Google Chrome? Do you remember the times when other solutions dominate? What memories do you associate with these programs? And finally: have you ever used DuckDuckGo, which is currently used by 0.58% of Internet users?

Source: Data is Beautiful