Inspired by Mack's brilliant A week without Microsoft Windows
[webmasterworld.com], and the different experiences that Tangor and I have had of Bing
[webmasterworld.com], I have decided to spend a week using Bing and reporting here on how things go. This is partly to force myself to record things consistently!
As WW rules prevent posting specifics, I will not describe the search specifics, I will describe searches in terms of vague categories. I will also exclude any searches related to SEO (e.g. checking how my sites are ranking etc.)
To start off here are my searches for today:
The name of a jewellery designer who is having an exhibition in my area:
1. Her Linkedin profile
2. The Linkedin profile on an intern with the same name
3. The Facebook profile of someone else with the same name.
3. and 4. IMDB pages on a actress with the same name
Her own site was at 8, one place behind her Facebook profile.
1. Her site
2. The site of a dancer with the same name. This is interesting because she does not put her surname on the site (and her forename is very common). I found her surname in link text to the site.
3. Her Twitter stream
4. Image results showing the dancer from 2
5. Video results showing various other people.
The next search was a financial/legal term that recently came up in a political discussion:
The first four results were identical on Google and Bing, with Wikipedia first on both. The most prominent difference was the Wikipedia "reference article" link on Bing.
The last for the day so far was a search related to a web framework I am using on a new site.
Please note I am counting Google's indented extra results from the same site.
1,2 & 3: pages from their wiki
3 & 4: archived mailing list discussions.
6 & 7: pages from their old wiki (hosted on another domain)
All but one of the first four places in the SERPS were mailing list archives. The next two were pages from their source repository, after that came a page from the old version of their wiki.
Neither Google or Bing gave me exactly what I wanted.
The last is tricky to describe without specifics. It was a software related term, that I wanted to check I was using correctly.
1. The site of the biggest name (AFAIK) offering this type of software as a service.
2. The second biggest ditto.
3. A PDF on an education website with a government technical evaluation of such software
4. A closely related Wikipedia page that mentions the term.
1. The Wikipedia page
2. Same as Google
3. A page from the same site as Google's 1., but for some reason an inner page (belongin to one user/client).
4. Similar to 3 on another site. [edited by: coopster at 12:20 pm (utc) on Mar 25, 2010]
[edited by: mack at 1:46 pm (utc) on Mar 25, 2010]
[edit reason] fixed the second link [/edit]