How I got suckered into "Going Bing" for a week

How I got suckered into "Going Bing" for a week

Summary: For the next week, I'll be using Bing search and services as much as possible. My cousin Raquel, a Microsoft recruiter who is passionate about her company, gave me a "put-up or shut-up" and challenged me to use Bing for one full week.

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My cousin Raquel is like no one you've ever met - she's outgoing, energetic, motivated, passionate - and she has this way of talking me into things I would rather not be talked into.

Oh, and she works for Microsoft - which means that, with her personality, she has guzzled her company's Kool-Aid and regularly gets into PC vs Mac, Office vs Google Docs and even XBox 360 vs PS3 debates with me. And when she's had enough of my bashing, she usually invites me to put up or shut up, which is how she got me to host a Windows 7 preview party in my home last fall. (That's her running the demo in the picture.)

And now she's on my case again - this time about Bing.

We were talking on the phone yesterday about something not even remotely related to Microsoft or Google or Apple or even tech. But then she said something about a search that she "Binged" (instead of Googled) and I immediately muttered - without even thinking - some sort of "Oh, brother!" remark. Knowing me, she could picture my eyes rolling as I said it and went all interrogation room on me about why I thought Google was better, blah, blah, blah, and how Bing Maps was blah blah blah and how I would probably like a lot of things about Bing if I gave it more of a chance than just a few random searches to prep for another Microsoft-bashing blog post.

I told you she knows me. And she's feisty enough to call me out like that. She's been doing it since we were kids...

So, before you knew it, I had agreed to something crazy - again. I agreed to use Bing as my primary search engine for one week. I made some random excuse about not being able to do that because I use Google's Chrome browser as my primary one - and that the address/search bar automatically searches Google. She made me check the preferences of the browser and, yup, it can be changed - and it's now set to Bing.

And so I pacified her by agreeing and then went back to work and figured she'd forget about it in a few days and never hold me to it. But then she outed me on Facebook, a public declaration to hold me accountable and keep me honest. I wouldn't doubt if she went looking for this blog post first thing this morning. (I didn't tell her I was writing it.)

So, now that it's officially out there (and she'll surely be bugging me about "binging"), I will officially today start "binging" things, using Bing Maps, reading Bing news, and searching Bing images. I've even changed the default home page on my Android phone into Bing Mobile.

I knew I should have let her call yesterday go into voicemail... Just kidding, Rock.

Topics: Windows, Browser, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Telcos

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  • I think you will be pleasantly surprised....

    I use both and the results i get from Bing are great. I really like the direction Microsoft are going with Bing and they have an excellent product. My only critisicm is that you get more Bing for your Buck if you set Bing to United States...not great for us down under.

    I did a comparison of Google and Bing a few months ago, link here http://www.bondigeek.com/blog/2010/04/12/google-versus-bing-tricks-tips/, and Bing stood up to the challenge...as long as you set to USA.

    Enjoy your week :-)

    BondiGeek
    BondiGeek
    • nice qualifier.

      @BondiGeek: "...as long as you set to USA."
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
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        @Snooki_smoosh_smoosh Amusingly there is an option in there you can check to "Prevent programs from suggesting changes to my default search provider." Of course, IE8 just changed my default on its own. And I didn't even get a kiss first.
        lol104
      • RE: How I got suckered into

        @Snooki_smoosh_smoosh your right to love or hate MS is completely up to you..enjoy. But how do you know that they cannot write good code? What is the basis of this assertion? Have you seen microsoft source code lately? I'm not saying every product is good or perfect, some are not, but many are great and market leaders as they are just good. simple. but expert, if you ran a sof<a href="http://www.tran33m.com/vb/">t</a>ware company with thousands of developers coding for hundreds of very complex products worth billions that generate millions of jobs, could you do better? What would you change? Tell me? Apple, Google, Adobe, IBM, SUN, Oracle, etc, etc all write software and all have bugs, issues and other thing not quite right. MS ain't any different.
        jku1
      • RE: How I got suckered into

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        Linux Love
      • RE: How I got suckered into

        Google is old news. Bing is the way forward.
        Linux Love
      • RE: How I got suckered into

        The phrase is "The proof of the pudding is in the tasting". The proof is in the pudding makes no sense, so why would anyone use it?
        Linux Love
      • RE: How I got suckered into

        I just double checked, Bing comes back with 172,000 results, Google <3k. Point is Google's results are more relevant.
        Linux Love
      • RE: How I got suckered into

        If I am searching for a MSFT products documentation of OLSync deployment, then why the h*ll would I care about military deployments? or Rsync?
        Linux Love
      • RE: How I got suckered into

        And Bing is MSN or Live search warmed over. MSFT has been in the Search business for close to a decade now, they have had plenty of time.
        Linux Love
      • RE: How I got suckered into

        Just look at the search result numbers 2900 vs 13. The issue I think Bing has is it doesn't have the index size that Google does.
        Linux Love
      • RE: How I got suckered into

        Google has been at this a long time and started with a much better product.
        Linux Love
      • RE: How I got suckered into

        Bing needs time and money to catchup, but also I don't think MS want it to be exactly like Google.
        Linux Love
      • RE: How I got suckered into

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      • RE: How I got suckered into

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        arabaoyunlari
  • RE: How I got suckered into

    I use bing as my default search engine. The nice picture brightens up my otherwise dull existence! One I got over the trust issue (which is more challenging than you think!), it's just another fairly decent search engine - some things google does better, some things bing does better.

    I use google though on my android phone
    RonanSail
    • RE: How I got suckered into

      @RonanSail I am using Bing because I hate Google (love the search engine, hate the company). Bing is painful on all but the most direct searches.

      The picture you like can also be a curse. On our thin client network, that damn picture causes a good 20 second delay before Bing is ready to search. I hate it. Other than that, you can get used to it. I would never call it better but it is an alternative.
      20kwfence
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      osoz
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      cstrathmore
  • Binged Drinking

    Google delivered good search results, that causes people to use them more, that caused the need for a short name to describe 'search for it on Google' as a verb. Googled!

    But in la-la land, the 'verb' is the message, not the product, so they 'binged' everything hoping that will cause people to use it more.

    All arse-about-face.

    It's the same thing here:
    http://samples.msdn.microsoft.com/ietestcenter/

    What Microsoft NEEDS to do is make a HTML5 capable browser to get a good test score. Instead they make a TEST that scores them as HTML5 capable.

    All arse-about-face again.

    I'll give them a wide berth, just like I try to avoid nutters on the street licking lamposts. Was that her too?
    guihombre