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Emabulator 05-13-2012 02:48 PM

Bing Gaining Ground on Google
 

According to this report on Mashable, Bing is closing in on Google with 30% of U.S. web searches.

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Microsoft’s search engine Bing now accounts for 30% of U.S. web searches, according to a Experian Hitwise report.

Bing-powered queries — made up of searches from Bing.com and Bing-powered searches on Yahoo and the websites of other notable partners — accounted for 30.01% of searches in April, according to the Hitwise report.

Bing-powered searches rose 5% and Bing.com searches rose 6% month-over-month, respectively. The number of Google searches dropped 3% from the month previous and 11% from the same period in 2011, accounting for 64.42% of U.S. searches in April. Bing-powered search, on the other hand, gained 11% in year-over-year percentages.
Are people getting tired of Google's relentless invasion of privacy? What do you think?

blackzc 05-13-2012 02:58 PM

I use bing because i dont want to use google all day for everything. Google used to be good but its so gamed by SEO none of them are really any good anymore.

Capt_Thad 05-13-2012 03:13 PM

Maybe something to do with programs installing Bing toolbars and Bing being the default IE search engine?

Radiozo 05-13-2012 03:15 PM

yeah bing is default in ie. thats probably why

wunshot 05-13-2012 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Radiozo (Post 2120505)
yeah bing is default in ie. thats probably why

Must be....I don't know anyone who uses it...

Fremder 05-13-2012 03:23 PM

I use bing because you earn points by doing searches and you could use those points to redeem gift cards, such as Amazon gift cards. Plus it not that bad of a search engine, so I don't feel bad using it.

OmegaVader 05-13-2012 04:05 PM

My privacy doesn't feel particularly invaded by Google. I find such claims to be more hype than legitimate concerns.

inscribed 05-13-2012 04:22 PM

My biggest problem with Google now is their decision to get rid of an exact string search, which is a very basic functionality. Also, if I search for three keywords, there is no way to specify every result must include all three keywords. It doesn't matter if you put +keyword or "keyword", not every result will include every keyword. As much as it's been dumbed down now, there is definite room for a competitor to enter the market.

lockwoodx 05-13-2012 04:28 PM

In soviet russia, google searches you!

gojira 05-13-2012 04:34 PM

Google's gone a bit evil. It used to have a tab to search for videos. Now that tab says "YouTube," a company Google purchased recently. There is certainly room for competition.

OTOH, Microsoft wouldn't stand a ghost of a chance if they didn't have the ability to install Bing as the default search for about a zillion Internet Explorer users. I'm not sure why I should switch; Microsoft is just as big and ugly as Google.

Tolgar 05-13-2012 05:43 PM

The only good thing bing has is that birds eye view on their maps. Other than that it's crap.

Steve_Erhardt 05-13-2012 05:47 PM

Bing: the preferred search engine of Hawaii Five-0. If it's good enough for MacGarrett, it's good enough for you!

vallor 05-13-2012 05:50 PM

I hate bing.

It rarely gives me the relevent items when I do a search. With google I always get what I'm looking for in the top 3 or 4 searches. This rarely happens with bing and I always have to pour over the results much more carefully to ensure it's the information I want.

Maybe the way I search is too old-school and BING is meant for retards.

TDiddy 05-13-2012 05:58 PM

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Originally Posted by vallor (Post 2120531)
I hate bing.

It rarely gives me the relevent items when I do a search. With google I always get what I'm looking for in the top 3 or 4 searches. This rarely happens with bing and I always have to pour over the results much more carefully to ensure it's the information I want.

Maybe the way I search is too old-school and BING is meant for retards.

Really? I have never had a search engine give me trouble looking for what I was looking for. I would like an example of this.

saulob 05-13-2012 06:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Fremder (Post 2120509)
I use bing because you earn points by doing searches and you could use those points to redeem gift cards, such as Amazon gift cards. Plus it not that bad of a search engine, so I don't feel bad using it.

Really? My God, imagine these points on Google...

NightRain 05-13-2012 06:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Capt_Thad (Post 2120504)
Maybe something to do with programs installing Bing toolbars and Bing being the default IE search engine?

Well to be fair I've been offered to install google toolbar way more than bings. Also chrome and firefox and I think sarfari all default to google. I personally have used google for at least 10 years but have switched to bing recently and i've been very very happy with it.

NightRain 05-13-2012 06:33 PM

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Originally Posted by gojira (Post 2120517)
Google's gone a bit evil. It used to have a tab to search for videos. Now that tab says "YouTube," a company Google purchased recently.

Recently? They accquired youtube in 2006.

Wolfgang 05-13-2012 06:35 PM

I have gotten over 1200 Microsoft Points because I use Bing. Love it.

Bing Rewards: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9778...4-F2E62C29D46C

spdiscus 05-13-2012 06:42 PM

I use bing pretty heavily because the google iOS app is bloated and slow.

Anenome 05-13-2012 07:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Fremder (Post 2120509)
I use bing because you earn points by doing searches and you could use those points to redeem gift cards, such as Amazon gift cards. Plus it not that bad of a search engine, so I don't feel bad using it.

I never get involved in crap like this. You're being gamed, you just don't know how.

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Originally Posted by inscribed (Post 2120512)
My biggest problem with Google now is their decision to get rid of an exact string search, which is a very basic functionality.

You can still make it work with a couple clicks on the left column, hit 'more search tools' then hit 'verbatim' and that's it.

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Originally Posted by inscribed (Post 2120512)
Also, if I search for three keywords, there is no way to specify every result must include all three keywords. It doesn't matter if you put +keyword or "keyword", not every result will include every keyword. As much as it's been dumbed down now, there is definite room for a competitor to enter the market.

That may work for verbatim, dunno.

In any case, my prob with google was results being poisoned by search tracking, where they would try to add more relevant things according to what you'd looked for before or w/e. Turned off history tracking and now I don't have that prob anymore.


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