Bing gets more visitors than Twitter


Figures released show that Microsoft’s ‘knowledge engine’, Bing, got more unique visitors than Twitter, Digg and CNN in June. It also scored more visitors than Embroidery Online, and Non-League Daily but I suppose that’s not as significant.

The site was visited by nearly 50 million users – 49,571,922 to be precise. Twitter got 22,997,148 visitors in the same period, CNN got 28,645,202 and Digg got 38,961,981.

Microsoft reportedly spent £61million on the launch of Bing. So it’s money well spent then? Well, maybe, but Bing isn’t really designed to rival Twitter, Digg or CNN is it? It’s meant to rival Google. Google got 145,948,025 unique users in June, so it’s still got a way to go then.

It’s even still trailing Microsoft’s other search engine, Live, which got 79,405,701 visitors. This was a 21% drop from May though, indicating that users are ditching Live in favour of Bing.

Are you guys using Bing? If so, what do you think? I’ve only really had a quick look – I quite liked the video searching with playback available via the thumbnails. Although I’m told you could do this with Live anyway.

I’m just not getting the whole Bing name either. The Bing will always be Silv’s club in The Sopranos to me. Fuget about it.

(via Revolut!on & Compete)

Koogle – the search engine with a difference


Koogle, the kosher web search engine for the ultra-orthodox Jew, has been launched.

The search engine only works six days a week (no surfing on the Sabbath) and omits material that may be deemed unsuitable for the religion. Shopping results will exclude links to butchers who stock non-kosher foods, as well as blocking retailers who sell products such as televisions – banned in the households of orthodox Jews.

The word Koogle is an amalgamation of the Hebrew word kugel, a traditional Jewish baked dish, and Google, the world’s most popular search engine.

I just had a look at Koogle, and I’ve got to say it’s not for me. I don’t speak Hebrew for a start. And I’m not Jewish. But if you are an orthodox Jew then give it a whirl. Mind you, if you were an orthodox Jew then you probably shouldn’t be reading Tech Digest. Koogle bans us after all.

(via BCS)

Bing goes Live, not Live Search


Microsoft’s first serious attempt at a Google-beater went live on Friday for US users and is now available in beta form for UK searchers.

The big friendly search page is very “Web 2.0”, its all big simple fonts and whitewash villas, no actually, there’s a picture of whitewashed villas, which will make you want to search for whitewashed villas, but don’t get distracted, you’ve got searching to do.

Bing is a new-breed of search engine, it want to give you answers, all by itself. The UK version is, as yet, without the much hyped “Local” search option, which Microsoft have been hyping in the run-up to the launch. A team of 60 web-bods are working full-time to bring Bing’s Local option to UK users as soon as possible.

The search results look dismally like Live Search’s but, unlike Live Search the side bar with related searches works smoothly and offers an array of pertinent links to potentially related subjects, which is nice.

So say you search; Nikon D300, you get; Nikon D300 review, Nikon D300 sales, Nikon D300 to buy, in your related searches, all of which is very helpful.

The image search is better than Google’s, it offers filters which allow you to hone your search precisely.

The video and shopping searches also equally hold their own. But in terms of Search, because after all Bing is primarily a search engine, Bing still falls short of Google’s unerring and uncanny knack of finding just what you’re looking for.

But beating Google is maybe setting Microsoft’s sites a bit high. Live Search had about 8.5% of the global search market, behind Yahoo on 18% and Google on 69%. So leapfrogging Yahoo might be the first step for Microsoft, but right now, will I be deserting Google for Bing? No.

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Google Basics

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