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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Is Bing a decision engine, a surname, a candy bar, a slag heap?

Is Bing a decision engine, a surname, a candy bar, a slag heap? Over the past couple of months I have been reading a lot about Microsoft's new search engine BING.com. We are all familiar with Microsoft, right? We know about Live Search, Windows Live Search, and MSN Search. And now we have Microsoft's latest reincarnation, BING, and more importantly BING is being referred to as a decision engine as opposed to a search engine. I suppose MS is for all intents and purposes now a matchmaker! Not only is MS finding you mates to choose from they are determined to help you make the decision.
A few of observations about BING:
  • On the serious side: I want our clients to know that the Webconsuls' Team will be following and studying the impact of BING from an SEO standpoint. That is what we are tasked to do. There are a number of questions to be asked and answered, but we must do this responsibly. And on that front, Webconsuls will keep our clients informed.
  • BING is quite lovely to look at. Everyday the home page photo changes and these photos are dramatic. Google's basic home page is pretty blank, but works. Yahoo, which by the way is still my default home page has a lot of information and I have grown accustom to reading the news' headlines, clicking on finance, travel, etc, I have never had a Yahoo account or email account.
  • There are a number of sites that you can visit that will allow you to compare search results for BING to GOOGLE, like this one. And there is another site that lets you compare search results from GOOGLE, BING, and YAHOO. This site's search results are returned in a "blind" state and the fun feature about this site is that you can vote for which search results best suits your search query. You might be surprised which search engine's results you really like.
My final thought today has to do with the choice of the name "BING". I will say that writing this blog always gives me an opportunity to learn new things and today is no exception. Why "BING"? I understand that originally Microsoft was going to call their new search (decision) engine KUMO. They actually registered both trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. KUMO is a Japanese word that means spider or cloud. Hmmmm, well I guess we can all get the "spider" connection to the world wide web and in the IT world "cloud" is a metaphor for the internet, so I guess it could have cleverly worked. So I come back to question: why "BING"? I am going to assume, although I know that can be a mistake, that someone at Microsoft looked up the meaning(s) of the word "BING".

BING Toy Company founded in 1863, famous for the manufacturing of toy trains
Bing is apparently a fairly common surname, and let's not forget Chandler Bing of Friends
BING Candy Bar, made in Iowa
BING cherries, all with pits
Bing is another name for a slag heap which is a collection of the tailings or by-products of mining (DATA Mining comes to mind?)
Bing is the name of a soft drink produced in England
Bing is the name of Chinese flat bread
Bing is also a phrase used by prison inmates to describe solitary confinement

Ok, maybe they didn't do a lot of name research, maybe they just liked the sound of "BING". Maybe they like saying "Bing and Decide". Whatever....I invite you to go to their Discover Bing informational site and learn all about it.

Webconsuls will continue to study BING and keep you informed. Let me know what you think.
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