homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.242.241.20
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Pubcon Platinum Sponsor 2014
Home / Forums Index / Microsoft / Bing Search Engine News
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: mack

Bing Search Engine News Forum

    
Wired: Kayak Wants Bing To Stop Copying
engine

WebmasterWorld Administrator engine us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month Best Post Of The Month



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 7:59 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

Wired: Kayak Wants Bing To Stop Copying [wired.com]
“We have contacted them through official channels about concerns about the similarities between Bing and Kayak,” Kayak’s chief marketing officer Robert Birge told Wired.com “From the look and feel of their travel product, they seem to agree with our approach to the market.”

That’s careful language for “Microsoft copied our stuff wholesale.”

Microsoft’s Whitney Burk denies that there’s any copying going on.

“We are discussing the matter with Kayak,” Burk said in emailed statement. “Bing Travel is based on independent development by Microsoft and Farecast.com, which Microsoft acquired in 2008. Any contrary allegations are without merit.”

Copyright law offers some protection for a website’s look-and-feel, but it’s not easy to prove.


 

maximillianos

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 3:58 am on Jun 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Microsoft... copying something? I can't think of any cases where that would be true... ;-)

conor

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 7:48 am on Jun 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Who would have thought it ... Microsoft ripping off some elses idea, is soooo not in their corporate culture ;)

Gomvents

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 10:42 am on Jun 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

I just checked out kayak - there is nothing super-unique there. It's like hundreds of travel sites out there...

bateman_ap

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 2:06 pm on Jun 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

I just checked out kayak

Ah their plan worked :)

whoisgregg

WebmasterWorld Senior Member whoisgregg us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 4:06 pm on Jun 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Search Engine Journal did a side-by-side of screenshots from the two services. It's awfully similar. The positioning of elements and language used is virtually identical. The main difference is the Bing header is taller. Otherwise, even the advertising is positioned similarly and styled similarly.

It's hard for me to believe that the designers at Microsoft & Farecast who worked on this portal didn't specifically use the Kayak interface as inspiration.

What a shame. ::sigh::

Strapworks

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 5:10 pm on Jun 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Bing isn't close enough to lose anything to Kayak. Just another marketing tactic by a failing website.

Hugene

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 5:50 pm on Jun 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

By "Just another marketing tactic by a failing website" you mean Bing right ? ;)

BriGuy20

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 1:35 am on Jun 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

People were using Bing when it first came out (#2 search engine), if that's continuing I wouldn't call Bing a failing website.

JS_Harris

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 10:39 am on Jun 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Bing has never been #2, not even remotely close according to my stats. G and Y are safe, actually even G's image search is beating bingo in my case traffic-wise.

[edited by: JS_Harris at 10:40 am (utc) on June 27, 2009]

ken_b

WebmasterWorld Senior Member ken_b us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 4:11 pm on Jun 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Bing has never been #2

That may be true for your site(s), but not for others.

In my case, Bing has already passed up Yahoo to take second place. That still leaves Google in front by a lot of course.

All of which only goes to show that results vary by site.

Ozymandias

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 1:43 am on Jun 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

I thing the reason Bing is #2 right now is it made quite a buzz when it launched. I would expect it to fall back to third in several months, I think right now its a lot of people testing it out and evaluating it. Regardless, it has significantly increase MS's market share.

arizonadude

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 2:47 pm on Jun 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

I think right now its a lot of people testing it out and evaluating it.
I don't think it's going to fall back as much as people think. If people are evaluating and liking it, whey would they switch back?
I've been using it solid for several weeks now and have been able to find exactly what I was looking for each time on the first page. I can't say the same for Google when I used it last. I'm a 10 year Google die hard and see no reason to go back to using the plain boring google.

Google has morphed to something I do not recognize anymore. What drove me to use them in the beginning has been lost.

graeme_p

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 10:56 pm on Jul 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

I liked Bing at first but I soon ran into limitations. My experience has been that it sucks at long phrases and ambiguous words. I used Blind Search for a few days to check I was not being biased, and that confirmed it.

arizonadude

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 11:47 pm on Jul 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

My experience has been that it sucks at long phrases

No worse than Google, for the long phrases I do on Google, all I get is junk.

Guess it just depends on what your searching for.

I'm still using Bing and in fact don't like going to google anymore because the boring white blinds me.

bouncybunny

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3940465 posted 3:01 pm on Jul 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

deleted

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  
 

Home / Forums Index / Microsoft / Bing Search Engine News
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved