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Search in CEE: Google is an underdog in some countries

Antyweb quoted the Next web article about search in Russia. What’s interesting in Russian search? It is not dominated by Google:

Most European search markets are dominated by Google and there seem to be no real local competitors. In Russia however, a fierce battle for the search query’s of the consumers is going on. Yakov Sadchikov from Quintura even mailed me that “the Russian search engines are coming.”

Reasons? Commenters point at different character set and language peculiarities (for example different grammatical cases).

Thanks to friends at Gemius I had an opportunity to read some interesting stuff about Internet markets in other CEE countries.. and Russian case is not the only one, even though in most countries Google rules the market.

In Czech Republic, for example, has approximately 60% share in search. But, Google search is gaining share there.

“Other” search engines have also significant share in Ukraine, Slovenia and Estonia.

In Poland, on the other hand, Google has 90% of the market, grammatical cases notwithstanding.


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  1. Shawn Moore
    May 3rd, 2008 | 1:22 am

    Dear Bartlomiej,

    I came across your brief article on supermemo (here: ) when I did a google search for Chinese supermemo templates. I recently became interested in using supermemo for the same purpose, but am rather lost in the rather user unfriendly maze of the program. Would you mind letting me know how to format the cards in the way you appeared to have done, or even sending me your chinese collection to build on? I hoped to make something like a three sided flash card, impossible on paper but possible with this program. Thanks for your help!