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Google To Integrate Twitter Search Too

Just a few hours after Twitter announced it would be integrated into Microsoft Bing search, Google also announced it will include Twitter status updates into it's search engine.


At Google, our goal is to create the most comprehensive, relevant and fast search in the world. In the past few years, an entirely new type of data has emerged — real-time updates like those on Twitter have appeared not only as a way for people to communicate their thoughts and feelings, but also as an interesting source of data about what is happening right now in regard to a particular topic.

Given this new type of information and its value to search, we are very excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results. We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that showcases how tweets can make search better in the coming months. That way, the next time you search for something that can be aided by a real-time observation, say, snow conditions at your favorite ski resort, you'll find tweets from other users who are there and sharing the latest and greatest information.


said Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products and User Experience in a blog post.

Blogger: Submit Your COMPLETE Sitemap To Google, Bing And Yahoo

As always, if you are using a Blogger (blogspot.com) blog, you must do things a bit differently than others do. That's why a trick is needed to submit your complete sitemap (not just the normal RSS feed which only includes your latest 10 posts).

The trick I am talking about is more or less known, but Amit @ digital inspiration created a page where all you have to do is insert your blog address and you can instantly submit your whole Blogger sitemap to Bing and Yahoo and you also receive some custom RSS feed links for submitting to Google Webmaster Tools. Read on for a step-by-step how-to.

Perform Google, Twitter, Bing And Yahoo Searches Through Your IM Client

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Sbot is a bot created by Tech Bangalore that lets you search Google, Twitter, Bing and Yahoo from within your instant messenger window. To use it, all you have to do is add a bot to your GTalk, Yahoo or Windows Live Messenger:

Google Talk – sbot@bot.im
Yahoo Messenger – searchbot@ymail.com
Windows Live Messenger - searchbot@live.com

Then open a chat window with Sbot and start searching:

Bing Launches Visual Search Feature

Microsoft senior vice president Yusuf Mehdi announced a new visual search feature on Bing which returns results as an interactive gallery of images.

For instance, if you type in “dog breeds,” it organizes them for you in a grid of images that you can scroll through using a slider on the right. When you hover over a particular image, it enters the name of that dog breed in the search box. And you can re-order the image results by size, breed, exercise needs, and Bing popularity.

There are more than 100 visual galleries ranging from movies, books, and cars to products, animals, and sports teams. The sorting categories change each time. So for movies, you can filter by release date, title, or rating. Cars can be sorted visually by make, price or mileage.

ZapBing Uses Bing Images As Your Desktop Wallpapers

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The (almost) new Microsoft search engine - Bing changes it's image based on your location, daily. These images come in HD quality (high definition) so why not use them as wallpapers? You can now use those HD images as you wallpaper, automatically, by using the freeware Windows application called ZapBing.

Since Bing was launched, there have been about 200 different images used... You can view Bing's image gallery, HERE.

ZapBing works on Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Windows 7 and requires .Net Framework 3.5 or higher.


Download ZapBing.

Microsoft Launches BingTweets, Side-By-Side Search Results for Bing and Twitter

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Bing was the first of the big search engines to integrate Twitter into results, albeit, not in the most exciting of implementations. Today, Microsoft’s fledgling search tool is doing a bit more with Twitter, launching BingTweets, a separate site that combines Bing search with Twitter search and trending topics. For example, search BingTweets for “All Star Game” and on one part of the page, the Bing search results will load, and next to them, recent tweets containing the same term. BingTweets also has a built-in option for tweeting the search result, as well as a “Trending Topics” box that extends beyond Twitter’s top ten to include currently popular topics, places, people, and products.

But this being a Microsoft product, it does not work for now, at least for me, though it seems to work for some people :)

[via mashable.com]

Compare Google And Bing Search Results Side By Side

google bing side by side search

http://www.blackdog.ie/google-bing/ is a website where you can test search results from Google and Bing - side by side. You can also do some localized searches from: .de, .co.uk, .fr, .ie, .es, nl and .tr.

It is a very interesting SEO tool which allows you to see how both search engines handle your query and which one gives you the best results.

Here is how a search for WebUpd8 looks like.

IE6 Users are Now Forced to Use Bing by Default, Whether They Like It Or Not

For years, Microsoft has tried to shrug off its reputation as a monopolistic tyrant. Today comes news that seems to undermine those efforts pretty badly.

The Next Web reports that users of Internet Explorer 6 are being forced to use Bing as their default search engine — even if they’ve manually switched their preference to another search provider, like Google. Attempts to switch the browser to something other than Bing result in an error message.

Now, let’s set aside the fact that IE6 is a scourge on the web that opens users up to a wide array of critical security issues and forces developers to implement ugly hacks because the browser doesn’t support many web standards. The fact of the matter is that a sizable number of users are still using IE6. We’re talking millions of users who are potentially affected by this issue.

While the vast majority of users affected probably won’t even notice the change, some are beginnig to complain (you can find threads in Google’s forums here and here). Microsoft has confirmed the issue to Search Engine Roundtable, explaining that it is currently investigating a solution.

Given that Microsoft has long been the target of antitrust cases, there’s no way the company would have done this on purpose. But it’s a hilarious bug nonetheless, and so far there’s no easy way to fix it (expect Microsoft to issue an update in a few days). In the meantime, I suggest any affected users try a modern browser like Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or IE8.

1-800-BING-4411

Microsoft quietly launched a free Bing 411 phone service yesterday to complement its semi-new search engine. The good news is that Bing does offer two unique, helpful features.

Bing 411 (1-800-246-4411) and its obvious Google counterpart, GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411), both offer voice searching of businesses around a certain city or town, and both can connect your call or send you a text message with more details. In a half-dozen test calls, three on each service, I found that each phone directory could pick up both suburban chain stores and quirky local shops pretty quickly. Both had the unfortunate habit of giving into clever shop naming, so asking, for example, for "flower delivery" as a category instead brought up a listing for a local shop named "Fast Flower Delivery." On the whole, their business-finding acumen was pretty equal. I'd split the two directory services by unique features—Google Maps integration on GOOG-411, and a clever option to name a street intersection you want to search near in Bing 411.

What Bing offers to set it apart are two features for users without data-connected smartphones. One is turn-by-turn directions from wherever you are, and you can even save a "home" and "work" location with the service to save time, entirely over the phone. It tells you what highways are involved at each step before rattling off the directions, and you can skip to any those highway steps if you kind of know where you are but just need a little off-ramp clarification. The weather service is fairly in-depth as well, providing to-the-minute temperatures and offering extended forecasts for where you are or where you're going. You can get shorthand weather and turn-by-turn directions through Google's free SMS service, of course, but Bing's service lends itself to speakerphone listens and multi-tasking (hopefully not while driving).