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

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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I'm not that impressed with it

by CG IT In reply to Bing - as a search engine ...

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.

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I think they meant to call it Bling, but don't know how to spell - nt

by Deadly Ernest In reply to I'm not that impressed wi ...
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Or Bing such as lighbulb going off

by CG IT In reply to I think they meant to cal ...

glad they didn't try for something only teens would get. well maybe that is what bing is for?

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I must admit when I first saw it I wondered why they were naming it

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Or Bing such as lighbulb ...

after a very old singer.

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Maybe Crosby Stills Nash & Young was to long a word

by CG IT In reply to I must admit when I first ...

so they went with bing...

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Still playing with it.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Bing - as a search engine ...

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

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I googled

by santeewelding In reply to Still playing with it.
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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.

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Same here Pally

by HAL 9000 Moderator 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

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Given that

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Same here Pally

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

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