BingItOn – Bing VS Google Challenge
OK, so I have been seeing these annoying commercials on Hulu for a while now and I just received an email from Jonathan Leger talking about his experience with this head to head competition that Microsoft has been promoting. I checked out what his experience was and in the blind test he came up with only 2 Google wins over Bing and he choose Bing 3 times out of the 5 searches they offer in the BingItOn official blind “taste test”. I must admit that my results were nothing like that and I don’t know what criterion he used to choose his search results, but I came up with nothing but Google.
I have no problem with Bing, in fact I think Microsoft has done wonderful job of copying Google and I think that since they have their own search algorithm’s it is nice to have another good option if you are looking for some variety in results. The only problem is that in no way, shape or form do I believe they have a dominant search model. Google continues to add rich media to their search and this may bring Google closer to the old Bing results, but to be honest I think Google still loads faster and has a cleaner layout.
Google Wins Hands Down
I am a huge advocate of Google, but by no means did I attempt to skew the results in any fashion. I just choose the results that I thought had the information that I was looking for closer to the top of the results or in some cases I chose the results that has videos to explain or show off what I was wanting to learn more about. The fact that I came up with Google every time in the end, did not surprise me.
How Bing Tries To Win
There is no surprise that Microsoft and Bing want people to think their search is better, so what do they do to stack the deck? Well, the first and biggest way they try to trick consumers into thinking their results are better, is the fact that the suggest a search term they know that they will win at. Each time you search, you see results and if you run out of ideas to search, they are glad to offer you search terms from their winning pages to choose from(shady as can be) and if you choose them, the odds are against Google. They are also quick to tell you that even if you choose Google, that this is uncommon and offer you another round in hopes you will choose Bing as the real winner on your second go through.
See the image below to see what my experience was at the BingItOn Challenge and make sure to try it yourself, its free, fun and only takes a few seconds to see how these blind results stack up.
I do not know if my results are common or not, but I am very curious to hear the results others are getting from this so called blind test. If you go do the BingItOn challenge, please post your results below and myself and my readers learn more about the preference between these 2 huge search engine giants. Looking forward to hearing what you think about the challenge and how your own results are.