The popular search engine Bing has announced feature upgrades to its service. It will now offer updated User Interface in order to provide answers to questions more rapidly; a higher content of answers in the arenas of celebrity news as well as sports; methods of filtering auto results; and Foursquare added to Bing maps.
The number four search engine, Ask.com, is not expected to be around much longer. Running behind Google, Yahoo, and Bing, Ask has virtually no prospects of increasing its user base or gaining on the three giants. To this end, Barry Diller, President of Ask.com’s parent company, IAC recently made a statement that is sure to change the future of the company. Diller said specifically, “we’ve been asked a lot whether we’re open to consolidating transactions in the area of search. The answer is yes, and it is unlikely that we would be the consolidator.”
By now everyone has seen the ads and is aware of the new Microsoft search engine, Bing. Microsoft has long been trying to beat Google at the search game. Bing is their latest attempt, although no one is being fooled into believing it will overtake Google. The Bing release came just months after releasing the Microsoft Live brand of which the Microsoft search was part. The Live Search name, however, was not popular with the public and even within the company, employees moaned about the moniker.
There is no doubt that Microsoft did not lead up to the release of its new search engine, Bing, quietly. After an extensive ad campaign, Bing was finally released as a preview alongside Live Search in June, 2009. The preview itself lasted only a mere week before all links to Live Search were redirected to Bing and Live Search was gone. The news of the preview, however, was strangely never released by Microsoft. It was first discovered by individual internet users and reported on in the tech blog, Techmeme.
Ask.com was once a popular search engine that has steadily been falling in recent times. Google, Yahoo!, and Bing hold the top three spots and Ask is a distant fourth with no positive outlook in the future. Ask is owned by IAC and their CEO, Barry Diller, has recently spoken out on the rumors of consolidation with one of the top three.
Contrary to many other sources, search agency iCrossing reports recent Google market share to be far higher than its competitors. According to iCrossing, Google currently holds 76.7 percent market share, with Yahoo placing a far second place at 11.1 percent, and Bing finishing third at 8.2 percent. AOL and Ask aren’t even worth mentioning. The experts at iCrossing apparently came to these conclusions as a result of "actual traffic received from engines" they picked up using their own proprietary analytics.
The new Bing Visual Search service will enable users to browse through datasets of pictures. Visual Search is different than the conventional image search in that the groups of pictures are organized by Microsoft’s “trusted partners.”
With image search, Bing delivers image results based on relevancy indicated by factors like tag text, adjacent text, and image links. Bing Visual Search offers structured data sets instead compiled using Microsoft’s Silverlight rich internet application.
The Case Of The MSN Bing Bot And Fake Referral Data.
Not long ago, the search engine now known as Bing went by another familiar name of MSN Search. It appears there is a malfunction within the MSN Bing bot showing fake referral data in a web site’s visitor logs. In other words your visitor log is showing traffic from sites that never happened.
CANADA IS BINGING ITS WAY THROUGH THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY: COULD YOUR COSMETIC SURGERY PRACTICE BENEFIT FROM THIS POPULARITY?.
If you have ever heard of Bing you know that it is a search engine. Hitwise recently released some data regarding Bing and its popularity in Canada. Bing is the number one search engine that people use there. Though the data is questionable in regards to reliability, Bing seems to be developing a huge following in Canada. What could this mean for your plastic surgery practice? It could mean that when people search out information regarding plastic surgery they may just land on your website.
The Milward Brown OptimorBrandZ top 100 has just been released for 2009 and for the second year running, the top Global brand is Google with a value of $100.04 billion. Runners up on the list are: