Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

Summary: Google submits evidence to back up its claims that Microsoft is copying Google search results with Bing.

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  • Google went public (via SearchEngineLand.com) with claims that Microsoft is copying Google search results with Bing. Google has provided ZDNet with examples of its "Bing Sting" that we're presenting here. Mary Jo Foley has more in her blog.

    In this screenshot, Google created a random word "mbzrxpgjys" that had no legitimate matches on Bing or Google searches. Then it created its own "honeypot page" with Research in Motion at the top of the page. Within a couple of weeks Research in Motion began appearing at the top of Bing searches.

    Screenshots: Google

  • Is this more widespread? Here are search results for "mbzrxpgjys" from blekko, a search engine that debuted in Nov., 2010. The latest controversy ranks highest but Research in Motion comes up as No. 2.

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  • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

    What's new about MS copying someone elses' stuffs?
    akhaled786
    • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

      @akhaled786
      Rightly said ! just like Google-android copy-pasting code from Java
      usa.canada.ram
      • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

        @usa.canada.ram - wait what???? Get this Java crud out of my phone... OMG, no wonder the android platform is so shotty..... That explains a whole lot...
        uleric
      • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

        @usa.canada.ram Your incredible
        Jimster480
      • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

        @usa.canada.ram I don't think I'd talk about copying from Java if I were a Microsoft fan. Didn't the courts find Microsoft had copied just about the whole thing to make MS-JAVA and then compel them to stop?
        symbolset
    • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

      @akhaled786 Sorry, but www.Yahoo.com just came up with the exact same results using "mbzrxpgjys". Whose whining about being ripped off? Google? They're a big rip off like every body else.
      Elvis.GodZilla.777
      • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

        @God_Zilla

        Yahoo buys search results from BING so thats why yahoo shows same thing.
        harry674
      • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

        @God_Zilla Ummm...maybe you forgot, but yahoo search results are now powered by Bing, so obviously yahoo would return that result
        decap920
      • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

        @God_Zilla - Actually.... All these folks are inncorrect...
        Microsoft OWNS Yahoo and its sibling companies (Alta Vista, etc). Microsoft has been buying up all the old has been search engines over the last couple years to increase their 'market share'. Doesn't mean they actually know how to do a search engine....
        uleric
    • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

      @akhaled786
      Google used laptops running IE with Suggested Sites AND Bing Toolbar installed. At best Google can prove that Microsoft uses browsing habits to improve its search engine, an action you agreed to in the terms of service when you ran Suggested Sites and installed Bing Toolbar.

      A user performs a search using the fake keyword (which Google employees did) and then click on a link (which the Google employees also did). Bing records the search term and the link the users clicked on. That's not directly copying Google's results. Yes, it does indirectly copy Google's results, but the data is built primarily on user actions.
      youRstupid
      • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

        @youRstupid

        You have the point. That is a possible explanation.

        Jef
        http://jefmenguin.com/?cat=259
        jefmenguin@...
    • Dude, this is stupid.

      @akhaled786

      So you have one web page world wide that has a set of near random letters. Why would not 7 well indexed search engines give the same result?

      Personally I am finding Blekko given darn good results.
      Bruizer
      • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

        @Bruizer The page DOES NOT contain that random string of letters, it is a synthetic result made by google to proove Bing is stealing their results. Read more at: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/microsofts-bing-uses-google-search.html
        Mraedis
      • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

        @Bruizer I tried Blekko too. I like its anti-spam technology the most.

        Jef Menguin
        http://jefmenguin.com/?cat=259
        jefmenguin@...
  • Coincidence I tell you!

    Everyone knows that if you're looking for Sandra Lee Recipes, you do a search using the keyword 'indoswiftjobinproduct'

    ;-)
    VRSpock
    • Excellent point!

      @VRSpock

      Funny how folks will overlook the obvious.
      dfolk2
    • No coincedence. Manipulation

      @VRSpock<br>google themselves states that they used 20 people to do those searches with Bing Toolbar enabled and after the search they surfed to a manually associated webpage. <br><br>That shows that they created a recognizable search pattern behaviour on those non-existant search words for the Bing Toolbar to send to Microsoft. <br>It is fairly obvious that that is what caused some of those searches to start showing up in the Bing search engine.<br><br>It is alwasy easy to manipulate a search engine using words that do not really exist.
      IE11
      • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

        @IE9
        I like how all or your posts are never contested. People find it easier to just change the subject slightly to their benefit. Must be something to that.
        TechNickle
      • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

        @IE9 Yeah, um, that's not ok. If the person wanted the Google results, they'd have used Google. If Bing can't improve on Google results, why is Microsoft burning $2.5 billion dollars a year on it?
        symbolset
      • RE: Does Bing copy Google Search? the evidence (screenshots)

        @IE9

        And it is likely that the words will be on top of the search engine because it is so unique that it does not have to compete with thousand of other websites.

        jef
        http://jefmenguin.com/?cat=259
        jefmenguin@...