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comScore Releases November 2012 U.S. Search Engine Rankings

December 12, 2012

RESTON, Va., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. Google Sites led the explicit core search market in November with 67 percent of search queries conducted.

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U.S. Explicit Core Search
Google Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in November with 67 percent market share (up 0.1 percentage points), followed by Microsoft Sites with 16.2 percent (up 0.2 percentage points) and Yahoo! Sites with 12.1 percent. Ask Network accounted for 3 percent of explicit core searches, followed by AOL, Inc. with 1.7 percent.

    comScore Explicit Core Search Share Report*
    November 2012 vs. October 2012
    Total U.S. - Home & Work Locations
    Source: comScore qSearch
    ------------------------
    Core Search Entity                                               Explicit Core Search Share
                                                                              (%)
    ------------------                                               --------------------------
                                Oct-12                                      Nov-12                Point Change
                                ------                                      ------                ------------
    Total Explicit Core Search                                          100.0%     100.0%                      N/A
    --------------------------                                          -----      -----                       ---
    Google Sites                                                         66.9%      67.0%                      0.1
    ------------                                                         ----       ----                       ---
    Microsoft Sites                                                      16.0%      16.2%                      0.2
    ---------------                                                      ----       ----                       ---
    Yahoo! Sites                                                         12.2%      12.1%                     -0.1
    ------------                                                         ----       ----                      ----
    Ask Network                                                           3.2%       3.0%                     -0.2
    -----------                                                           ---        ---                      ----
    AOL, Inc.                                                             1.8%       1.7%                     -0.1
    ---------                                                             ---        ---                      ----

*”Explicit Core Search” excludes contextually driven searches that do not reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results.

Nearly 17 billion explicit core searches were conducted in November, with Google Sites ranking first with 11.4 billion. Microsoft Sites ranked second with 2.7 billion searches, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 2.1 billion, Ask Network with 506 million and AOL, Inc. with 297 million.

    comScore Explicit Core Search Query Report
    November 2012 vs. October 2012
    Total U.S. - Home & Work Locations
    Source: comScore qSearch
    ------------------------
    Core Search Entity                                                 Explicit Core Search Queries (MM)
    ------------------                                                  --------------------------------
                                Oct-12                                       Nov-12          Percent Change
                                ------                                       ------          --------------
    Total Explicit Core Search                                          17,623     16,957              -4%
    --------------------------                                          ------     ------             ---
    Google Sites                                                        11,787     11,359              -4%
    ------------                                                        ------     ------             ---
    Microsoft Sites                                                      2,819      2,741              -3%
    ---------------                                                      -----      -----             ---
    Yahoo! Sites                                                         2,147      2,054              -4%
    ------------                                                         -----      -----             ---
    Ask Network                                                            560        506             -10%
    -----------                                                            ---        ---             ---
    AOL, Inc.                                                              309        297              -4%
    ---------                                                              ---        ---             ---

“Powered By” Reporting
In November, 69.4 percent of searches carried organic search results from Google, while 25.4 percent of searches were powered by Bing (up 0.4 percentage points).

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