4) And, no doubt there's a big "you like what you're used to"
factor at play. If I'd been using Bing for years and had never heard of Google, I might find Google's austere look and style "unusual."
5) But overall, sigh, Bing seemed to leave too much out
. At least too much of what I wanted to find. I mentioned this
last summer, when Bing first came out. It still seems to be the case -- for my purposes, in day by day use this week.
Before giving some illustrations, I need to explain a change in my Experimental Technique. After several days' worth of looking for things only on Bing, I had a nagging feeling that I wasn't getting the whole story. So rather than just give up and go to Google, I turned to the inspired site Bing-vs-Google.com
, which gives you side-by-side results for the same search. The illustrations below rely on that comparison:
- I was looking for Gene Weingarten's incredibly wrenching Washington Post magazine story
about infants who died when left in overheated cars. It was the number-one hit when I did a search in Google; it was not on the first page of results with Bing. See the comparison here
- I wanted to provide background for Francois Villon's Ballade des dames du temps jadis
. The Google results of a search on "Mais ou sont les neiges d'antan
" were just what I was looking for; not so with Bing. See here
- I wanted to identify the music in a very brief Chrysler Town and Country ad I'd just seen on TV. Google had it, as the #1 hit; on Bing, it was down below a lot of chaff. See here
. Something similar when I was looking for the music from a Palm Pixi ad, here
- I was looking -- online shopping! -- for a case for my invaluable LiveScribe Pulse
magic pen. This is what Bing is supposed to be made for, but the first non-sponsored hit is for a site that looks
pretty fishy to me. Its intro says: "We at livescribepen.net gathered a range of stylish high tech pen now a day; here you can search all kinds of livescribe pen.
You can use it either your in meeting, school, training and at the
office, it's a unique pen that you can count on. If you use the
smartpen your life running smooth to write what you heard." That site -- again, #1 for Bing -- seems to be filtered out of the first few pages of Google. See the comparison here
Note: if you click on these Bing-vs-Google links, you may see something different from what I'm reporting here, since the site runs real-time searches of ever-changing content. (I've saved some of the screen shots from my searches but am not posting them here.)
6) Moral of the story
? I mentioned earlier
that after my experiment in writing an article
with voice-recognition software only, I returned happily to the keyboard. I will return happily to Google -- and, no kidding, to Bing-vs-Google.com (or other sites that do the same, like this
: and this one, GoogaWho?
, which lets you easily compare results from Google, Bing, Ask, Yahoo, InfoSpace, Lycos, AltaVista, and Dogpile.) You never know what you might have missed! There's always more to prowl around for, including that elusive Panama Canal vote.
[Routine disclaimer: I have good friends and a variety of connections at both Microsoft and Google.]