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    Bing – as a search engine – How good is it?

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    by deadly ernest ·

    I just did a comparison between Bing and Google on the same search parameters:

    “Ernest Bywater”
    Bing 122 hits and all but five from the USA
    Google 1,820 with hits from all over the world.

    “Ernest E Bywater”
    Both showed only hits from my web site
    Bing 1
    Google 7

    “Cazna Rochester” (an erotic author I know)
    Bing 10
    Google 294

    OK, these aren’t common everyday searches, but you’d expect some sort of parity between them – not this wide a discrepancy between the two engines.

    What do others think of Bing as a search engine?

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    • #3004479

      I’m not that impressed with it

      by cg it ·

      In reply to Bing – as a search engine – How good is it?

      It has some bells and whistles like little notes open up when you move your mouse over a link but so what. It still just gives you sites that are simply selling crap. Google gives you sites that can give you information. Not simply sell crap.

    • #2760748

      Still playing with it.

      by charliespencer ·

      In reply to Bing – as a search engine – How good is it?

      Although my gut feelings match your measured results. Ironically, I find it particularly lacking when I’m searching for Microsoft-specific information…

      • #2760738

        I googled

        by santeewelding ·

        In reply to Still playing with it.

        “Irony”.

        • #2760737

          You?

          by charliespencer ·

          In reply to I googled

          That’s not ironic, that’s unnecessary.

          “I binged ‘irony’.” Nope, doesn’t have the same ring to it.

      • #2760663

        Same here Pally

        by hal 9000 ·

        In reply to Still playing with it.

        I was looking for some info on Vista Mail today and it’s no were near as good as just using the M$ Knowledge Base Search Engine.

        It currently leaves a lot to be desired.

        Col

        • #2760645

          Given that

          by boxfiddler ·

          In reply to Same here Pally

          the MS Knowledge Base search engine sucks like a black hole, Bing should be a resounding failure. 😀 😀 😀

        • #2760573

          Like black hole?

          by charliespencer ·

          In reply to Given that

          Like a 15-amp Hoover?

      • #3003009

        BING = KB Search???

        by slayer_ ·

        In reply to Still playing with it.

        Quick, someone try out this theory, it really could be the same search engine.

        If you search porn I bet you’ll get “Windows 95 Installation Guide” lol.

    • #2760717

      I think

      by nexs ·

      In reply to Bing – as a search engine – How good is it?

      I think that Bing is supposed to give you ‘more than just a search engine’ but i find no need for something that does more than you want it to.
      If you want to do something, pick what it is and do it well, don’t try and add 125 million other things and compromise your ability to do the main job.
      It’s like a baker trying to do painting, building and astro-physics. Their bread will taste terrible!

    • #2760712

      Have given Bing

      by michael jay ·

      In reply to Bing – as a search engine – How good is it?

      a test drive and was under impressed, I will be looking at it but Google is the search engine of choice for me.

    • #2760644

      Underwhelming.

      by seanferd ·

      In reply to Bing – as a search engine – How good is it?

      I must admit that Google seems to have the best results, though I keep a collection of other engines in reserve. Bing? Pfft.

    • #2760640

      Definately designed for the oldies

      by rob miners ·

      In reply to Bing – as a search engine – How good is it?

      less matches to distract you from what you thought that you were looking for in the first place.

      • #3001747

        A search for TechRepublic

        by rob miners ·

        In reply to Definately designed for the oldies

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        • #3001746

          Wow.

          by boxfiddler ·

          In reply to A search for TechRepublic

          I didn’t get that. I didn’t get any Sponsored Sites.

          That freaking opening graphic nonsense they can keep…

        • #3001717

          It seems to depend

          by rob miners ·

          In reply to Wow.

          on what you type in as to wheter you get the sponsored adds. When I typed in bundaberg I got the sponsored adds. I didn’t get an opening graphic.

        • #3001681

          Agreed on the opening graphics

          by charliespencer ·

          In reply to Wow.

          I recall trying an advanced search. In my FF 3, the graphics blocked some of the search options boxes. Maybe it was the resolution I was running, maybe it was my browser, but I recall being able to reproduce the problem regularly. I think that’s when I quit trying it.

    • #2760588

      Tried it, wasn’t impressed

      by tig2 ·

      In reply to Bing – as a search engine – How good is it?

      For me, Bing is on the -10 on a scale of relevancy and usability.

      Just me, your mileage and all that…

    • #3003013

      If Bing is anything like…

      by jck ·

      In reply to Bing – as a search engine – How good is it?

      MS’s key authentication schema for Windows 7, I understand why it performs so poorly :^0

      Never looked at Bing. Won’t. Just gonna use Google same as before.

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