In today’s world, where almost all information can be accessed by simply fiddling with your smartphone, you can rest assured that any questions you might have can be answered in only a matter of seconds by using these powerful internet tools called search engines. These tools use complex algorithms to give you the information that you need, as close to exact as possible to what you are actually thinking about, even if your question was not worded properly. But it was not always that way. Back in the day, people literally had to know the IP address or the exact name of the websites that they want to visit just so they can have access to them.
Today, among all of the search engines in the world, there is an undisputed king that is figuratively stomping its competitors and leaving them scrambling for scraps, no offense intended. Of course, we are referring to Google, which is probably now synonymous with web searches. Google is so popular, it literally has become a verb that you use when you want to search for something on the web. There is even a high probability that your Google search led you here in the first place. In that regard, this article will aim to provide you with some of the statistics about Google and give you a bit of perspective as to how massive and influential it actually is.
Google dominates the web in terms of searches
When we say that Google is massive, we don’t mean it in an exaggerated way. It is so massive that its competitors don’t even have the right to call themselves that. In the period from July 2019 to July 2020, the second most popular search engine, Bing, enjoyed a share of 2.78% in the global search market. Google, on the other hand, amassed a whopping 92.16% share. The rest of the share, which sits at 5%, is shared among all of the search engines that Google drove to the point of obscurity, led by Yahoo! with their 1.6% share. However, these statistics are not officially confirmed by Google so their share could actually be even higher than what these third-party statistics show.
Since Google is not a fan of divulging information, it’s quite hard to get the exact figures on how many searches they receive every day. However, according to Internetlivestats back in 2019, Google handles more than 3.5 billion searches per day. If you want a further break down of that, it means that for every second that passes, Google answers an average of more than 40,000 search queries. With this trend, by the end of 2020, Google could probably handle up to 10 billion searches every single day.
Google uses the most advanced indexing algorithms
As you can see, Google is almost monopolizing every web search in the world but there is a good reason for that. As an average user, we’re so used to using Google that we don’t have any idea of how powerful it really is but once you try to use other search engines, you will exactly have an idea about on how hard it is to find the best information that you need.
With other search engines, you need to have background knowledge about Boolean or index search methods just to arrive at the most accurate search result. Google, however, saves everyone and their mothers the effort of doing that. By utilizing complex machine learning and neural network methods, Google gives you the power to potentially find any needle in the haystack in a blink of an eye.