Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Bada Bing, Bada Boom!

Microsoft was always good in finding new names for their old piece of code. Wish only they would have spent an equal time improving it. No, not the name, the code I mean.

Take Bing for example. Yes, Microsoft Live Search is now Bing and it has already received quite a buzz. Now the first thing I tried to search in Bing (India) was "hot indian girls". And it never came up with a result. Does that mean that there are no hot girls in India. HELL NO! Ladies please don't get offended. Bing just wants to play the spoil sport and never display any results to Indians that may return explicit content. So this is what I got instead of my desired search result.

Bing
So I tried to find out how to turn off the Safe Search setting. Surprisingly, there is no such setting under Preferences! So I tried the Help pages where more surprise was waiting for me. Bing is still using Live's search page! What was the people in Microsoft thinking when they made Bing live with the Help pages from Live Search?

Anyways, from the Help pages I found out how to turn off the Safe Search setting. But for that one needs to go to the http://search.live.com page which redirects the user to the Bing home page, and we are back to square one. But since this was an issue with Bing (India) only where Bing deprived only Indians from searching porn easily, I thought about trying out some more non-perverted searches. So I search for Bing in both Google and Bing itself. Here too Bing is an epic fail. Google returned 23,100,000 results whereas Bing returned a mere 3,060,000 results. And even out of those 3,060,000 results, the CNet article for Bing was missing. So in a way Bing showed less relevant search results.

I would say that Bing was released in a hurry. So what we are seeing is a half-cooked search engine. Chances of Bing being a Google killer? Not in the near future.


12 Comment:

Postcard Mailing said...

Interesting observations! I have also come across several reports and insights on Bing that says it does fall short of expectations. But then again, being pitted against search giant Google is no easy feat.

Franchise Opportunities said...

Yes I agree that Bing was released in a hurry due to less relevant search results. Great observation mate.. keep sharing

Laura said...

I do not surprise by this information, because Google has always been the leading search engine. I tried other but Google is definitely irreplaceable.

Liz Marcuz said...

I have observed the search results of Bing is not what I expect.
I wouldn't say that Bing is the Google Killer.
Yes Bing has the PR of 9 but Google still gives me the satisfaction of every searches I made.

Eric said...

Try it again. You can now turn off the safe search feature.

hampers said...

Always improving of course. But hopefully for the benefit of the using public. Sometimes there are qualms for new things like this.

foreclosures said...

well Bing is really a dumb version of live search... MS has to work a lot on the search engine portal.... Google has been two steps ahead of MS from its existence....

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Lambert said...

Well, you made some interesting points. But i really like the picture search mode in Bing, it is much more comfortable.

greetings from germany,
Lambert

Wei'chi Baduk said...

I still do not understand why this strange name for a search engine, anyway it did not change anything until there, Bing has always the same statistics (just like Live, MSN Search) and its results are still not so good IMHO.

Jack said...

Microsoft is still stumbling around attemtping to find a solution to google.

muxin said...

trying to beat up Google with all those weaknesses ? they're dreaming ! nice post

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