What is Baidu?:
is the largest Chinese language search engine in China, and was created in January 2000 by Robin Li.
How big is Baidu?:
Big. In fact, according to the latest statistics
, Baidu is the most popular search engine in China, controlling 61.6 percent of China's search market. As of September 2009, Alexa
estimates that the percent of global Internet users who visit baidu.com is at 5.5%; a huge number when you consider that the global digital population is estimated at 6,767,805,208 (source: Internet World Stats
What does Baidu offer?:
Baidu is primarily a search engine that scours the Web for content. However, Baidu is extremely popular for its MP3
search capabilities, as well as movies and mobile search (it's the first search engine in China to offer mobile search).
In addition, Baidu offers a wide range of search and search-related products; these are all listed here. These products include local search, maps, book search, blog search, patent search, an encyclopedia, mobile entertainment, a dictionary, an anti-virus platform, and much more.
What does Baidu mean?:
According to Baidu's About page
, Baidu was "inspired by a poem written more than 800 years ago during the Song Dynasty. The poem compares the search for a retreating beauty amid chaotic glamour with the search for one's dream while confronted by life's many obstacles. "…hundreds and thousands of times, for her I searched in chaos, suddenly, I turned by chance, to where the lights were waning, and there she stood." Baidu, whose literal meaning is hundreds of times, represents persistent search for the ideal."
What is Baidu?:
is the largest and most popular search engine in China. In addition to offering search opportunities, Baidu also offers a variety of related search products: image search, book search, maps, mobile search, and many more. Baidu has been around since 2000, and according to most measurements is the most popular Chinese language site in all of China.