Bing is the second largest search engine in the world. And Google seems to be feeling the heat of the Microsoft search engine, given their fierce reactions to the alleged copying of search results. Last week we had Danny Sullivan discussing this topic on our radioshow. This week it was Bing’s turn to talk on our radioshow.
We were very happy to discuss all sorts of different matters about Bing. We started of with discussing why it is taking Bing so long to get to Europe and moved on to how Bing uses user intent, where even super computer Watson came by. Stefan also talked about Google’s accusations last week of copying results.
The shownotes are below. (more…)
The State of Search Radioshow is becoming more popular every week. And not just with the listeners, also with the guests. They are lining up to be part of the show which airs every Tuesday on Webmasterradio.
Last week the show had Danny Sullivan on as a guest and this week there is another great name we can add to our impressive list of guests: Stefan Weitz of Bing.
Stefan Weitz is the director of Bing. He is the person if you want to know anything about Bing. So we’ll be asking him everything we possibly can about Bing’s strategy, when they will be coming to Europe, their copying skills and the difference between them and their competitors. (more…)
We’ve read very much about Google and Bing in the last week and we’ll probably continue to discuss the matter this week. But sometimes it is nice to see things in perspective. Thank you Colbert Report.
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This is a guestpost by Jeroen Smeekens from E-Difference (original post in Dutch). Opinions expressed in the article are those of the guest author and not necessarily State of Search.
The last couple of days we have seen a new soap opera unfolding, brought to us by….Google. What happened? Google accused Bing of stealing their search results. A serious allegation, and it created a lot of buzz in the search landscape over the last 48 hours (and still counting). And even I have to admit I jumped on the bandwagon and was quick to report the news about big bad Microsoft stealing poor Google’s search results.
Let’s be honest: Microsoft stealing from Google, that’s big news! Right? Right… Although the storm hasn’t completely settled and in the coming hours and days we will continue to see articles being posted, this might just be the right time to revisit Google’s initial accusation and the reactions thus far. (more…)
If you look at the search market there are actually only a few ‘real’ players on the market. We have Google off course, we have Bing. Yahoo turned into Bing and in Eastern Europe we have Yandex and even further East Baidu has a lot of users. That’s about it. Yes, there are many ‘smaller’ search engines out there, with many verticals. And some are made bigger than they are. Blekko for example gets a lot of attention, but a lot less searches.
Now if the two major ones, in this case Google and Bing, get into a fight, that’s a big thing. Especially if one calls the other a ‘thief’. In this case Google accused Bing of copying their search results. A pretty big accusation. That set the world of search on fire. And it gave us something to talk about on the radio.
The war between the two continued Yesterday afternoon (late in the evening in Europe) when Microsoft’s Senior VP of Online Services Yusuf Mehdi responded to the accusation with a big denial, while at the same time accusing Google of clickfraud. It is starting to look more and more like two children fighting. (more…)
Don’t you hate it when you click on a link or an ad all of a sudden your browser is taken over? You can only search using a specific search engine and you get banners and pop ups all the time? You don’t want that. Still, there are ‘advertisers’ (if you can call them that) out there which lure you into the clicks and then take over, that’s what we sometimes call a scam.
These kind of ‘advertisers’ are usually found on untrusted sites. Websites which you should not even be visiting in the first place. If you go there, than it’s your own fault. But what if it happens on the World’s largest site? What if a Facebook advertiser does this? How would you like that?
Google’s anti-spam boss Matt Cutts did a shocking discovery yesterday. He found that the 3rd largest Advertiser on Facebook seems to be pulling these kind of stunts. And to make it even worse, it turns your default search engine into Bing. Not that Bing is bad, but from then on every search you do is making the advertiser money. Again, not a bad thing. But maybe they should tell us? (more…)
Last monday I had an interesting discussion on Twitter with Paul van Oosterhout and Bart Schuijt about Bing. We were discussing what Bing would need to become a good alternative for Google. We had some ideas ourselves but I decided to involve a few more people on this question. So I started asking people “What does Bing (primarily) need to do in 2011 to become a major competitor for Google?”
The first response I got from many people was that Bing needs to get better basic results. Although Bing has many great verticals, many of them even better than Google’s, search starts with the basics. When the basic results aren’t satisfying chances are people aren’t going to use the verticals either. They’ll probably just return to Google, no matter how great the verticals are. Maybe they will use the verticals sporadically but people are animals of habit and mostly will stick to one search engine for all their needs. (more…)
If you live in or near San Francisco you can attend a lot of great conferences, gatherings or press events. One place I would have liked to have been this week was the Bing Search Summit.
At the Summit Bing presented a lot, and I mean a lot, of new features. This might be the actual start of the chase Bing is preparing towards Google.
One of the things Bing announced that Facebook likes will become more important in ranking but there are also changes announced on local, Maps, Mobile, Travel and Image Search. (more…)
A few weeks ago I published a post on Holistic about whether Bing could be a viable alternative to Google – something which came up with some interesting results. Having watched the HTML5 enhanced version, I have to say I am genuinely impressed with some of the usability features they are integrating into the Google search engine. Unlike Google’s rushed and barely thought out implementation of Google Instants, some of the usability features of the HTML 5 enhanced version of Bing appear genuinely well thought out and well implemented.
Technologies within HTML5 have allowed them to integrate some very slick functionality – particularly with the new IE9 technologies – such as the video tag which can be used to change the new homepage. Whilst some people hate the background in Bing, I think both Google and Bing are trying to make their search engines ‘portal-like’ in their own right and social hubs to the rest of the internet. To this effect I think the new Bing framework does hold some significant promise for the future. (more…)
Facebook have released a new, slightly creepy feature, apparently around a week ago. I’m not sure if this is a phased roll-out, or if I’m just not watching closely enough, as I discovered this feature yesterday. Hang tight and I’ll take you on a little pedestrian journey through my social sphere and then we won’t be strangers any more.
Lunchtime – I see that my friend and fellow SEO Chicks and State of Search blogger Lisa Myers, has posted a new picture of baby Isla. I click on the picture and write my comment, then go to Lisa’s profile, to update myself on what she’s been up to in the past few days of maternity leave. That’s when I spotted this… (more…)
It was clear that anytime soon something was going to happen between Bing and Facebook. Microsoft and Facebook already were working together on the search inside Facebook, but last night they announced a further cooperation. In the US (not in Europe yet!) Bing now uses Facebook “like” data to give you results from within your social circle on Facebook. Also they will be showing Facebook-powered people search results
The move is mainly important for Bing to get more attention for their search engine. They now have access to data which their biggest rivals Google don’t have. That makes that the step towards Bing might become easier for many users. The deal however won’t upset the search landscape just now, but it has potential. (more…)