A Better Response From Bing

By  |  Friday, February 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Search Engine Land’s Danny Sullivan has a great post providing the clearest version to date of Bing’s side of the great Bing-Google kerfuffle. Bing still denies copying Google results–but it sounds like it all depends on the definition of “copy,” and that Bing does incorporate data from searches done on all sorts of sites, not just Google. ¬†In my first post on this I said that Bing’s behavior sounded iffy. But the weird thing is, the more that comes out, the harder it is to figure out what I think about this.

Before the whole thing dies down, I hope that Google responds at least once more time, with (A) a reaction to Bing’s explanation as provided in Danny’s story; and (B) some disclosure about whether it uses Chrome and/or the Google Toolbar to do anything even sort of similar to what Microsoft does with IE and Bing Toolbar data.


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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Really Says:

    Consider following conclusive evidense,
    – Make a guess on how Bing algorithm works, or even better suggest how Bing works
    – an incredible 8% success rate (feighn ignorance on 92% failure rate)
    Isn't it obvious now that Bing was copying.

    Google or its famed engineers are not that stupid to draw such outlandish conclusions. This is either a case of genuine hurt due to misinterpretation and jumping the gun or deliberate spinning with a well planned diversion.
    This is not copying as some discussions have incorrectly used the student copying analogy. A better analogy would be, It is more like, If I don't know the answer to something then I discuss with my friends in an attempt to make an informed decision as to what is best. Infact it is not copying it is a briliant idea, Google must be kicking itself for not thinking of this.

  2. Really Says:

    (Sorry had to break this up as space was not enough)

    Bings stand is clear, this particular logic is based on usage patterns. So going by that it means that if you type in some crazy (or not) word in Bing (need not be google) and then proceed to click on one particular link enough times across different pcs/laptops then Bing will assume that is what users are looking for and thus logically I would like to see it ranked higher. Combine this with other parameters and you will likely see a relevancy jump or even top ranking (depending on obscurity of the search string).
    It doesn't take beyond common sense to see that Googles claims are way overblown with a deliberate negative tone. This concept of usage patterns for search is not new, it is applied at a different level that is all.