Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bing vs. Google

DearREADERS,
There has been much ado about the new Microsoft search engine “Bing” attempting to give “Google” a run for its money. I don’t think Microsoft can stand that anyone else is #1. Somewhere I read that Bing was focusing search algorithms efforts to work specifically on news, entertainment, sports and local search improvements. (Cannot find the link for that info, sorry.) But apparently the $80-100 million spent by Microsoft for advertising Bing may work, since Garrett Rogers of ZDnet thinks “Bing passes Yahoo, steals share from Google?

THINKING OUT LOUD
In Ol’ Myrt’s opinion Bing isn't as good with results yet when compared to Google, and of COURSE Bing doesn't include GoogleBook results in the search. Those Google Book results are important in my personal family history research and probably are in yours if you have US ancestral research.

See my test search comparisons below, which are by NO MEANS scientific, just my initial comparison.

Below my search results are the THREE THINGS I LIKE about BING.

TEST SEARCH RESULTS

EXAMPLE ONE:
Looking for: http://www.weiserfamily.org/

GOOGLE:
Search for: Conrad Weiser – not found in first two pages
Search for: Weiser Family – first two entries on first page

BING:
Search for: Conrad Weiser – not found in first two pages
Search for: Weiser Family – not found in first two pagesSearch for: Weiser Family Page – not found in first two pages
Search for “Weiser Family Page” – not found in first two pages

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EXAMPLE TWO:
Looking for anything on my Revolutionary War Soldier Paul Froman, who married Hans Joist Hite/Heydt’s daughter and settled in the Shenandoah Valley before moving west to die in Lincoln County, Kentucky

BING:
Search for: Paul Froman - 10-10 hits, including all the usual RootsWeb and Ancestry message board postings.

GOOGLE:
Search for: Paul Froman – 4 of 10 on the first page including some interesting links to Froman in Google Books with scanned images of more pages to research:

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EXAMPLE THREE:
BING:
Search for Dick Eastman – 5 of 10 on first page

GOOGLE:
Search for Dick Eastman – 8 of 10 on first page

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EXAMPLE FOUR

BING:
Search for: DearMYRTLE – all of first page

GOOGLE: Search for: DearMYRTLE: - all of first page

THREE THINGS I LIKE ABOUT BING

HIERARCHAL SEARCH HISTORY
Being curious, Ol’ Myrt here began using BING, and right away there are some interesting new options including a new way of looking at your search history. It is clearly labeled on the left side of the screen as shown below:



EXPANDABLE SEARCH LISTING
If you wish to expand that list of searches, it shows the places you’ve gone as a result of that search. This would be terribly useful if you searched and wish to back down a previous search path for additional study.



MOUSE ROLL OVER PREVIEW OF CONTENT
When your mouse rolls over the right portion of a hit list entry, up pops some text from the site in question as a preview to help you decide if you'd like to visit the site.

So far, BING has got to get better on their search results for me to be switching from Google.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
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