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Google and Bing

Yeah, I know Bing is old news. Bing is more visually appealing. And for general searching, both search sites are sufficient. But I still prefer Google for many reasons:

First, Google has been around for much longer. If you can’t get to google.com, it means that your internet is dead, not theirs.

And, Google hasn’t changed their homepage in years. There’s no ads (usually), and no fancy flash content (like in Yahoo and Bing).

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Yeah. Very nice. If you have double or triple monitors and your desktop is spanned, it looks great.

Second, Google’s search algorithm is noticeably better. So, if I’m trying to get to Art of Problem Solving’s AMC 12 Archive, I would type in "AMC 12 Problems".

AoPS is dominant in archiving a lot of math competition stuff, so it makes sense that they would be first in the results.

Google Search

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There it is. First in line. So I get to what I need immediately.

Now, lets look at Bing.

Bing Search

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So, great. I get a lot of stuff about the AMC competition. But I don’t get what I want. None of the first few results have actual AMC problems from past tests.

Maybe Bing treats the first word(s) in a query with more importance. So, "problems AMC 12" should get me where I want to go. Right?

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Wrong. Again, Bing doesn’t give me what I want. So, off to Google. Yeah

Go Google :)

And Yahoo-users, Yahoo’s search engine doesn’t get me there either.

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-Roger

6 CommentsAdd one

im a kiwi. :3
Sat, 12 Dec 2009 06:45:27 GMT

hey roger.
i need help with chem D:
im not sure how to do the 1 h/1 h20 thing...
like, i sort of know what i’m doing.

but i’m not 100% sure. -_-

roger
Sat, 12 Dec 2009 04:38:08 GMT

Well, I couldn’t find another example where the search results differed significantly.. :[

potette
Sat, 12 Dec 2009 04:31:20 GMT

oh yeah and i heard that Microsoft’s search engine wouldnt distinguish between potato chips and the computer chips

potette
Sat, 12 Dec 2009 04:12:35 GMT

seriously, Art of Problem solving?? mr. park has had Way to much influence on you

iamnotjamesh
Sat, 12 Dec 2009 00:30:46 GMT

but I do like the bing search page image that changes every day. It actually looks pretty cool.

iamnotjamesh
Sat, 12 Dec 2009 00:27:10 GMT

Bing is barely an improvement over Live Search. It seems like they just slapped on a new name to make it sound "cooler". Even though Google visually hasn’t changed much, they have added new search options like sort by date, picture size, wonder wheel, etc. Also add on the new Google Caffeine search strategy that will come out soon, if not already.

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