So, I did what probably a lot of my Geek Friends around the web did this morning and that was an attempt at "bing-ing" myself...
the results of my search for "tony weeg" are at the end of this link:
and with that, I want to look at the results... as of the time of posting this article, i notice a few things...
(first and foremost, google has 36,700 articles about me today, and bing has only 23,900)
1. there appears to be a reliance on "Social Networking" sites for top billing
2. the first link, LinkedIn, is the only social networking site that I am part of that I do not use at all, and that got 1st place :(
3. the results are mostly like google's search results, not much difference there, however if someone were searching for me on google, they'd find better more relevant information, as they would find my domain TonyWeeg.com and i got bored after page 4 looking for my domain on Bing.com
4. the mouseover-right gutter "info" tab that shows up is cool, doesnt really make me NOT want to click on the link, so, I guess it does its job, but not a necessity when im searching, im going to click on it anyway, regardless of that
5. i guess ill bookmark it and see if it helps me at all, but i have to say, as entrenched as i am in using google's tools, it would be weird to LEAVE gmail, and go search for something else in another window, for what? the same results? eh... probably not.
6. search history is cool on bing, but not a game changer, google search has had this a long time.
7. the obligatory image search for "Boobs" that most of us do to test new search engines (you do too, right??) came up with a REALLY neat way of showing an image search... a seamingly ENDLESS grid of images... and when i say endless, i mean, i kept scrolling, and scrolling, and scrolling and they never seemed to stop... EVER! brilliant idea #1 so far... good job bing peeps. (so far this is the coolest feature) and at 1.6 million results, thats a LOT of boobies they are droppin on the screen in a VERY ajax fashion.
8. they (microsoft bing developers) took a major note from the search preferences page of google's - and anyone familiar with turning off "Safe Search" will recognize this page... minus a few
's and some colored cells, its basically the same page!
so, all in all, it looks to be a well thought out application, but im going to have to say, why? why now? why try to take on google at this game that they have mastered? i just dont get it guys and gals. it would have been a great time to innovate something else, not search. leave that to the search pro's, google!