Private Search Providers (2)

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Private Search Providers 5

The requested details about the number of users, the number of downloads, global market share, and other growth metrics for Searx and WolframAlpha have been provided in rows 11 and 12, columns G to K of the attached spreadsheet.

Searx

Overview of Searx

  • Searx is a metasearch engine that is both open-source and respects the privacy of its users. Searx gathers search results from more than 80 search engines and displays them to the user.
  • Searx was created by the German developer Adam Tauber and released in 2014.
  • Searx does not track, store, or sell the personal data and browsing history of its users. Also, Searx does not display any advertising on its search engine.
  • Searx is free and decentralized. The source code is available on GitHub. Users can download the source code and make changes as necessary. This is known as an instance.

Helpful Data

  • Since Searx does not collect any user data, the exact number of users and downloads of the search engine cannot be quantified. However, as per the creator Adam Tauber, Searx had between 5–10 million monthly search requests in 2018. Also, Searx had 7,141 daily unique visitors and 28,564 daily pageviews in 2019.
  • Based on online traffic, Searx had a global rank of 357,916 in March 2020. Its rank in the United States, the country from which Searx derives its most traffic, fell to 256,747 in March 2020.
  • As per Cutestat, the website stats and valuation aggregator, Searx's estimated worth was $43,200 in December 2019. The search engine's income per day at the same time was $80.
  • Google, Baidu, Bing, Yahoo, and Yandex have been the top-five global leaders in search engines in the years 2017 to 2019, garnering a global market share of 98-99% for each of these years. In comparison, Searx is a very minor player garnering less than 0.009% of the global market share for each of the years 2017 to 2019.
  • Ever since Searx was blocked by Google from displaying Google results on its search engine, Searx's popularity among its user-base has come down. Searx had more than 300,000 visits on its search engine in November 2019. This figure has come down to 141,100 visits in March 2020.
  • The decline in popularity can also be gauged by the reduction in traffic on its platform from 28.14% to 20.79% in the United States, the country from which Searx derives its most traffic.
  • Searx has 117 online instances listed on its website currently.


WolframAlpha

Overview of WolframAlpha

  • WolframAlpha is an answer engine or a computational search engine that provides factual answers to search queries in the field of mathematics, science, geography, history, general knowledge, and a variety of subjects. Unlike other search engines, WolframAlpha sources external curated data and provides accurate answers instead of links to webpages that might answer the query.
  • WolframAlpha was developed in 2009 by a subsidiary company of Wolfram Research.
  • WolframAlpha uses high-level algorithms, AI technology, and an extensive knowledgebase to provide answers to search queries. The search engine does not track the browsing history of its users, thus providing privacy.

Helpful Data

  • The number of users of WolframAlpha in 2017 and 2018 are not available. However, more than 10,000,000 users used the search engine every month in 2019. The search engine had 2,926,800 daily pageviews in 2019.
  • The number of downloads of the WolframAlpha app in 2017 and 2018 is not available. However, there were 207,087 monthly app downloads in 2019. As per Crunchbase, the monthly download growth rate of WolframAlpha was 6.68% in 2019.
  • On Google PlayStore, the WolframAlpha app for Android smartphones has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times since its launch and has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 based on the ratings given by 37,911 users. On the Apple App Store, the app is ranked at number 3 in the Reference category. It has a rating of 4.1 out of 5 based on the ratings given by 763 users.
  • Based on online traffic, WolframAlpha had a global rank of 5,338 in March 2020. Its rank in the United States, the country from which WolframAlpha derives its most traffic (35.37% of its global traffic), was 2,771 in March 2020.
  • As per Cutestat, the website stats and valuation aggregator, WolframAlpha's estimated worth was $3,161,160 in December 2019. The search engine's income per day at the same time was $2,927.
  • Google, Baidu, Bing, Yahoo, and Yandex have been the top-five global leaders in search engines in the years 2017 to 2019, garnering a global market share of 98-99% for each of these years. In comparison, WolframAlpha is a very minor player garnering less than 0.009% of the global market share for each of the years 2017 to 2019.
  • The creators of WolframAlpha will spend an estimated $1,700,000 on IT infrastructure in 2020, indicating the steep growth curve of the search engine.

Research Strategy

We started our research by trying to find the required details for both these private search engines. Since Searx does not collect the information of its users, there is no reliable data for the number of users in the public domain. However, we have provided approximate visitor and pageview figures for 2018 and 2019. For WolframAlpha, the user figures for 2017 and 2018 are not available. However, for 2019, we have provided the figure as mentioned in the databases of Crunchbase, Similarweb, and Cutestat. For the downloads, no data for any of the years is available for Searx since it is a search engine and has no apps on the webspace. For WolframAlpha, we have provided the latest figures for user downloads as of 2019. The figures for 2017 and 2018 are not available.

For the global market share of both search engines, we used the following logic. None of the global search engine market share ranking websites like Alphametic, Oberlo, NetMarketShare, Internet Health Report, Statista, and Statcounter mention about both Searx and WolframAlpha. This is because both are very minor players in the global search engine market. While Alphametic, Oberlo, Internet Health Report, Statista, and Statcounter listed only the top players in the global search engine market in the years 2017 to 2019, NetMarketShare listed the top-25. Since the global market share of the lowest-ranked search engine in this list from 2017 to 2019 was written as 0.00% (not written beyond two decimal places), we can estimate that the global market share of both Searx and WolframAlpha was less than 0.009% for the years 2017 to 2019. The exact figure cannot be determined.

Then we searched for growth metrics for both Searx and WolframAlpha. Whereas WolframAlpha has shown an upward growth as evidenced by the growth in its users, downloads, and investments on its infrastructure, Searx has shown a decline. This has happened because Google has blocked the search engine from displaying Google results. This has resulted in decreased traffic on its search engine.
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Private Search Providers 6

The requested details for Ecosia and Mojeek have been provided in rows 13 and 14, columns G to K of the attached spreadsheet. In 2018, Ecosia had over 7 million active users, while Mojeek had 200,000 unique visitors monthly.

Summary of Findings

Research Strategy

The details related to the number of downloads (all years) and global market share (2017 and 2018) for Ecosia are not publicly available. To identify the required information, we first examined the content published by Ecosia. An examination of its website and monthly financial reports did not provide any information on downloads and market share. Ecosia's website has only published the number of active users. The wayback machine tools was utilized to provide the users data for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Next, we conducted a press search and examined third-party sites such as Sensor Tower and Net Market Share. The free version of Sensor Tower has only provided the number of downloads for the past month (90,000 for iOS apps and 200,000 for Android apps). Net Market Share did not provide Ecosia's global market share in 2017 and 2018. Only the global market share in 2019 is available (0.06%). A press search has only revealed that daily downloads increased by 1,150% to 250,000 on August 22, 2019 and the market share was less than 1% in 2018.

The details related to the number of users (2017 and 2019), number of downloads (all years), and global market share (all years) for Mojeek are not publicly available. To identify the required information, we first examined content published by Mojeek. An examination of its website and blog did not provide information on users, downloads, and market share. Mojeek has only published data related to its page index and other general information.

Next, we conducted a press search and examined third-party sites such as Sensor Tower and Net Market Share. The free version of Sensor Tower has only provided the number of downloads for the past month (below 5,000 for iOS apps and Android apps). Net Market Share did not provide Mojeek's global market share for 2017, 2018, and 2019. Thus, it is assumed that its market share is less than 0.01% for all years. A press search has only revealed the number of unique visitors monthly in 2018 (200,000), and its market share is "too local or small to be a competitive alternative" to Google and Bing.
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