What are the uses of search engines

1. About the importance of search engines

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2013 | OriginalPaper | Book chapter

Author: Sonja Monika Quirmbach

Published by Springer Berlin Heidelberg

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The use of search engines to search for specific information, to answer very individual questions, to explore very general information or to solve various problems is a main scenario on the Internet. For many questions, users like to use the searches within websites. "Site search") to express your information needs individually. In order to back up this statement with concrete figures that clarify the volume: (comscore 2009)
  • In December 2009, 131 billion searches were made worldwide.
  • That means around 4 billion search queries per day, 175 million per hour and 2.9 million per minute worldwide.
  • Of these, 5 billion search queries were produced in Germany alone.
This not only includes search queries made in web search engines such as Google or Yahoo, but also in sites such as Facebook or eBay and in product searches such as alibaba.com. In December 2009, 2,102 million searches were made on eBay alone. Incredibly high numbers that speak for themselves and illustrate how important the ability to search within a website is for users.

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