Google Pleads With Firefox Users To Dump Yahoo Search In Its Favor
Google is asking users in its search results to switch to Google as default search engine. There is no harm in that. It is Google’s search engine and it has all the rights to write anything on their page. But there’s a little twist in the story, the search giant appears to be asking only Firefox users to ditch their search engine and use Google.
We believe that Google is doing so in selected regions, because I tried to find out the reported plea in the search results but I didn’t get it here in Pakistan. PCMag reported that Google showed the message that read “Switch your default search engine to Google” displayed in a card-like format normally found on top of search results.
As you can see in the image above, the search giant is displaying the plea in every search results page. You can find out if the message is displayed in your region by searching for just about anything. The card displayed on the top of the search results page also features two buttons — “Learn How” and “No, Thanks.”
Again, there is no controversy in showing the plea-card, but Google is apparently showing it to Firefox users only. David Murphy from PCMag tried searching for the same query on Internet Explorer but was unable to find the message. So Google is not displaying the plea on Internet Explorer, or any browser other than Mozilla Firefox.
Mozilla announced back in November that it would be replacing Google as default search engine in Firefox. The company chose Yahoo search engine as a replacement for Google. As a result of this move, Yahoo gained market share. Yahoo’s market share is now 10.38% as of February 2015, according to StatCounter. It was 7.91% in November last year when the move was announced by Mozilla.
At the same time, Google also lost some market share. The search giant’s market share dropped from 77.46% to 74.89%. That’s not a huge loss for Google as it still tops the list with Bing securing the second spot. However, the company has gone a bit offensive even after a loss of around three percent.
This is not the first time Google has tried to lure Firefox users to its web browser. The Mountain View company has tried it on social media too.