Google flaws

Apologies for all the Google posts, but there’s a lot of stuff coming out. Here, for example, is GMSV reporting that Google is only dominant in one of the areas in which it operates.

According to the latest monthly numbers released by analysis firm ComScore Networks, Google’s share of the Web search market among home, work and university Internet users climbed from 42.7 percent to 43.1 percent from March to April of this year — significantly more than rivals Yahoo and MSN, which claim 28 percent and 12.9 percent respectively.

But, observes GMSV, the company’s dominance ends there.

In fact, according to these metrics from HitWise, it’s a laggard in most of its other businesses. Yahoo News (6.9 percent market share) is beating the fundamentally flawed Google News (1.9 percent market share); Yahoo Maps’ 20.5 percent handily beats Google Maps’ 7.5 percent. And what of Gmail? Well, contrary to what we’ve been hearing, not everybody uses it. Yahoo Mail is furlongs ahead of Google’s upstart service, claiming 42.4 percent of the market to Gmail’s 2.54 percent. Conclusion: Google’s services may get a lot of buzz, but they don’t always get the traction they need to succeed.