Google is chasing other search engines now
Up until very recently, Google Search was the clock when it came to online search. Google Search dominated, and still dominates, search, but the tide seems to be turning, and it is now Google that is chasing other search engines, at least when it comes to the integration of new features that could entice users to switch search engines.
There is Microsoft's Bing search engine with its AI integration, powered by OpenAI technology. There is also Brave Search, Neeva and others, which added information from discussions and forums to search results. Last but not least, there is the rising trend of relying on videos instead of traditional search results.
Google was not the first mover in these cases and it looks as if the company is scrambling to keep up. Bard, its AI, was not off to a good start, and while there are plenty of YouTube video results in Google Search, they do not offer the same experience as instant video results provided by other search engines or apps.
For the first time in a long while, Google's search dominance is threatened by several companies and advancements at once. The attacks come from different fronts, one from Microsoft and its AI advances, and one from apps like TikTok, which
An article on the Wall Street Journal (paywalled) website suggests that Google plans to make search more "personal" by integrating AI chat, discussions and video clips to its results. There is little information on the "how" at this time, but Google seems serious about changing its Search engine significantly to stay in the game and maybe even retain the lead that it has over the competition.
Google will have to find the right balance between introducing new components to Google Search and making sure that the majority of its existing users are not spooked by the changes. Bing Search and other search engines would welcome these users with open arms.
Google has not revealed when it plans to integrate these features into search. It is likely that the company is going to A-B test these changes with a limited audience before unlocking them to a wider audience, provided that the data suggests that it is a good idea to do so.
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