Could Bing Improve Its Search Results With Google +1?

plus 1 image Here's a big dose of irony. Could Google +1 buttons or +1 data -- which Google uses to improve its search results -- come to rival Bing? Potentially. Bing +1, Anyone? The issue came up yesterday during Q&A following the keynote talk by Bing's director Stefan Weitz at our SMX Sydney conference. An audience member asked if Bing might use Google's +1 data in the way it currently uses Facebook data to reshape its results. Maybe, Weitz replied. He deftly dodged that right now, there's no automated way that Bing has to get that data. Even if that changes, I suspect Bing wouldn't actually us [...]

Google On Toolbar: We Don’t Use Bing’s Searches

Yes, Google uses data from its Google Toolbar to improve its search results. But no, Google reasserts, it doesn't use its toolbar to mine search behavior on other search engines in the way that Bing does. Bing Toolbar & Google's Results Questions about Google's toolbar came up in the wake of Google's accusations that Microsoft's Bing search engine was copying some of Google's search results by monitoring how people search on Google, through installations of the Bing toolbar and the Suggested Sites feature in Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Bing has rejected those copying allegations, e [...]

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me: “I Search Google. So Does Bing”

Stephen Colbert & Jimmy Fallon weren't the only ones having fun with Google's accusations that Bing was copying Google's search results. NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me" quiz show did a funny send up, as well. The show, which aired on February 5, had host Peter Sagal stumping panelist Roxanne Roberts, at first, with a question about the news: Sagal: It's tough to break through the monopoly on search that Google has, but Bing has done it. How, does it turn out, does Bing find things on the internet? Roberts: I never use Bing. This is a problem. I know it's shorter. Sagal: Well, [...]

Turning The Tables On The Google Toolbar & Disclosure Claims

Part of this week's debate over whether Microsoft's Bing search engine is learning from Google involves data that Bing gathers through Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Google has suggested Microsoft isn't giving fair disclosure. I disagree. To better illustrate, let's turn the tables and look at the Google Toolbar and disclosure. Over the past week, Google has pushed at least three times that Bing is somehow gathering data via Internet Explorer to improve Bing's search results without fairly disclosing this to IE users. Microsoft Does Disclose The first time was during my initial meeting wi [...]

Bing: Why Google’s Wrong In Its Accusations

Along with everything else going on for Bing's Harry Shum on Tuesday -- a panel about search spam, dealing with Google's accusations that Bing "copies" Google's results -- Shum dealt with perhaps his most important worry. Reassuring his son that Bing wasn't "cheating" as a search engine. "The worst part for me is that after I finished the panel, I sent an email to my son, who's in high school, and said look, in case you hear anything about Google and Bing at the high school, don't panic ....  I'll be coming back home, and I will talk to you and mom and if you're interested, I'll explain mo [...]

Colbert: “Hiybbprqag Is A Word Meaning You Got Served”

Enter a new referee in the Copygate dispute between Google and Bing: comedian Stephen Colbert. Despite being sponsored by Bing, Colbert came down in Google's favor last night on the Colbert Report -- at least jokingly. Colbert comes into the story with a Bing spokesperson's denial that it is copying Google's results. Well, make that a spokespaperclip. Clippy from Microsoft Office is shown pictured next to the denial. Colbert then explains how Google's sting operation used fake words like "hiybbprqag" to generate results that in turn appeared at Bing. OK, he doesn't explain it cor [...]

Bing: “We Do Not Copy Results. Period.”

The war of words between Google and Bing has escalated today with a strong denial about copied search results from Bing's Yusuf Mehdi, who also accused Google of a form of click fraud in setting up its test involving "honeypot" search results. Mehdi, Microsoft's Senior VP of Online Services, just published a strongly-worded denial of Google's claims on the Bing Search blog: We do not copy results from any of our competitors. Period. Full stop. We have some of the best minds in the world at work on search quality and relevance, and for a competitor to accuse any one of these people of such [...]

Bing Admits Using Customer Search Data, Says Google Pulled ‘Spy-Novelesque Stunt’

Bing has formally responded to Google's charges that Bing is copying search results, accusing Google of trying a "spy-novelesque stunt" and defending the use of customer activity to influence Bing's search results. Harry Shum, Corporate VP at Bing, is speaking right now at the Bing/Big Think "Future of Search" event (see Danny Sullivan's live coverage here), and his comments are echoed in a new blog post just published on Bing's search blog. We use over 1,000 different signals and features in our ranking algorithm. A small piece of that is clickstream data we get from some of our customers [...]

Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results

Google has run a sting operation that it says proves Bing has been watching what people search for on Google, the sites they select from Google's results, then uses that information to improve Bing's own search listings. Bing doesn't deny this. As a result of the apparent monitoring, Bing's relevancy is potentially improving (or getting worse) on the back of Google's own work. Google likens it to the digital equivalent of Bing leaning over during an exam and copying off of Google's test. "I've spent my career in pursuit of a good search engine," says Amit Singhal, a Google Fellow who ove [...]

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