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Bing For A Month - a Bingathon.

     
6:03 am on Nov 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I realize I haven't been giving the new kid fair time in my browser. I've been typing g o o... to search for so long and so often, my fingers do it without thinking. Well, I don't like doing things without thinking, and I've been thinking, why not see what it would be like to try Bing for a month?

The times I've used Bing, it seems pretty good. But really how good is it?

So,
For the entire month of December, I will do all my searching at Bing.
How will this change my search habits, and my experience of the web?
Will I find what I need to find?

Anyone want to join me for a month-long Bingathon?

This is NOT a sponsored endorsement of Bing. Honest. Microsoft does not own me

10:41 am on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I am still a Google addict...it has been nearly 10 years now...but I do like Bing.com...it probably does need some more tweaks in the UK, but I will try it a bit more from today :)
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I'm in. Just added a new engine on the old tooolbar. Lets bingit for a month or two....
11:16 am on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Chrome's homepage and default search set to Bing

irony alert!
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11:19 am on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I absolutely agree to un-google our lives.

We use Bing as default for some time now. We avoid web pages with Google products on it. We stop communicating with GMail users and make them aware of the problems we see with Google. Stop using Adwords. Remove Adsense from our sites. I've had enough.

11:25 am on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Yep we've defaulted all computers in the house to Bing - I was horrified when my 5 year old daughter came back from school and said she wanted to "google about penguins" - a quick 5 min 'time out' and she most definitely Bings now ... (only joking on the 'time out' obviously...)

But realistically speaking - the results are almost the same - daughter loves the Bing video rollovers (so less searching needed) and we can all find what we want with less Wiki rubbish.

The only thing I struggle with sometimes is speciality items when I am looking for advertisers - but that will come.

Maybe Bing needs to put 10 x $1million prizes for users, that would soon get more PR than paying the direct ad route, and would get some buzz going... or maybe 2 x $1m per country making the Press about Bing more specific and ensuring users don;t assume they're competing with US users. A Golden Wonka type promo.

At least this would get the media talking positively, in the UK most presenter-types still say they are googling like it's something special and really hip - go figure losers...

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I'm in
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quick 5 min 'time out' and she most definitely Bings now
you just made me snarf my coffee! hahahahaha

I *ALMOST* used [the G word] this morning. Their tanslation tool was open in an iframe. eek! close call! And of course I've been seeing AdSense all over the place but that doesn't count as long as I don't click on them.

Instead of [the G word] Translate, I used this:
[microsofttranslator.com...]
and it delivered a plausible translation for the phrase I needed. Of course I don't really know if it was perfect because my Spanish grammar isn't very good. Can anyone confirm whether this is grammatically proper?

no hay cucarachas en la sopa

In fact, I liked microsofttranslator better for one reason: it auto-detected that my origin phrase was in English. That was a nice thing for them to do.

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I'm annoyed that I can't add a Canadian business to Bing Maps
1:51 pm on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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i use [the Y word] to translate.
soon i'll be testing a droid app [semi G word alert] for that purpose...
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Oh ok...I'm in too.
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I'm in all the way. Been telling my buddies to "bing it" constantly. I think they're finally getting it ;-)
2:45 pm on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm in!
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I have had Bing set as default for a few months now, however out of habit I still use the Google search bar in FF. I've removed it now which makes me officially in.
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Because bings crawler keeps hammering my servers (70% rise in server load), I had to block it completely. I even delt with their support and they tried to slow it down to no prevail. So, no, I see no point using a SE that cant even crawl correctly, the very basics of a SE.
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Moving to Bing .... just change my default search
4:08 pm on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I used Blind Search for a few days some time ago - that way any bias is removed. I found results much the same most of the time, but when there was a significant difference Google was usually the best - especially with long phrases and ambiguous words.

The big surprise was that Yahoo was better than I remembered - on par with Bing. Its a ity its closing.

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I did one better. I posted Bingathon month to another non-webmaster forum. Spread it out a bit beyond the techies.
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Nice wheel, this needs some spreading around...I'm adding around as well.
4:45 pm on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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bing has been my primary search engine for a few months.
5:08 pm on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Well, it's not mine and won't be right now. They've got a serious bug in their regional versions of Bing.

If you do a search on say red widgets, and only include sites from that region - and it's a search that shows other suggested searches, then Bing shows only the top 5 results. Below the top 5 results there's a 'see more' results type of link, then the top 5 search results for other related searches.

Now if you click on the more results buttong to see results 6+, you lose the 'only show regional results' setting and go back to showing worldwide results.

So you search on red widgets, and only display results for a specific country. Up come the top 5 results in your country. YOu click through to see results 6, you don't get results 6+ from your country, you get all the results worldwide again. Not good. In fact, it's downright annoying. Seems like a pretty straightforward fix but it's been there for months, and I've notified them too.

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Nice wheel, this needs some spreading around...I'm adding around as well.

Initial feedback was MS sucks because they have ads at the top (this is in a scientific type forum) unlike Google.

I asked them if they thought that was air they were breathing.

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I'm in, but I have been in for the past three months :)

Mack.

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I wish Bing was faster with indexing of sites with frequently updated content, like indexed '3 minutes ago'..
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Will give it a try.
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Not going back to the MS prison but thanks.
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I did a Bingathon last month. Initially I loved the background image but it started to bug me after the first day. I still go back to check on Bing just to look at the picture - but perhaps there is some user setting someone can point me to to get rid of it as it just doesn't work with my eyesight.

Other than that it all worked fine - the results were very good apart from for the PHP manual. Importantly all of the navigation I wanted to look at appeared as soon as the page loaded which these days is a brilliant achievement. I'm pleased to see an increase in Bing referrals in my logs too.

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I searched for information on shills on site:webmasterworld.com, and Bing persistently showed just results for skills. Highly annoying. Other than that (obscure search term), the Bing results give me a bigger variety than Google. The Gorg seems to love Wikipedia and spam much more than Bing, at least for the searches I am conducting.
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In opera, you just put "g keyword" to search google by default. I switched that to point to bing instead. I rarely go back to Google now.
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I'm in, what a great idea!
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I just switched to Bing as my default SE. I use Bing regularly now, and so far I like the results pretty well. I'm even hearing a few people telling others to "Bing it" so it would seem Bing is catching on as part of today's culture, which I think will help it to succeed.
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