Monday, June 08, 2009

Bing

I 've started an experiment. When I use Google, I'm going to run the same search on Bing.

For my first comparison I looked for rather than working. Properly, I'm the first result - so far so good. On Bing, if you move your cursor to the right of the result, you get a little box that excerpts some of what's on the site. In my case, it pulled a sentence from a post I did some months back about hooking up my Blu-ray player. It also lists some of the titles of other posts under a heading "also on this page." There are five posts listed, they aren't serial and they are all old. Not all of the search results bring up the also on this page result, they just have a link to the page. Odd. If you click the link to the blog, you get my most recent post.

The remaining search results are all over the map as probably should be the case with such a search phrase. The Google results are equally varied, but mostly different - there are only a couple of duplicate results on the first page of each engine.

Next, I searched for Samsung led (it's new and amazing). Similar comments to those above. I did notice a feature to the left of the results "related searches" that listed variations of my search. Then something strange: I wanted to print the page so I could easily compare the results with Google's results. Each time I hit the print icon, Internet Explorer crashed. You'd think IE would like its cousin Bing.

So far, I don't see Bing getting a mass migration of Google users.

7 comments:

Red said...

I couldn't get my blog to turn up on Bing at all, but it is a pretty neat site, thanks for sharing.

The Curmudgeon said...

I just tried a couple of quick searches and it seemed to produce the results I expected.

But... it's from Microsoft... and therefore evil, right?

Red said...

U come up first when googling from the blackberry

Dave said...

Even the Evil Empire knows what's good for it on occasion.

fermicat said...

Aww, I thought this was going to have something to do with The Sopranos...

Dave said...

Glad to find you sober, refreshed and back to your bad habits Fermi. You are sober?

fermicat said...

Yes, sober.