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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 12:10

Google: Bing copied our search results

Written by Nedim Hadzic
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Behave you two
Search outfit Google accused Microsoft’s Bing of copying Google’s search results.

Apparently, Google’s engineers set up random results for certain terms. Among them was ‘hiybprqag’, a gibberish word pointing to a Los Angeles theater seating plan.

Google said that their results started appearing in Bing within few weeks. Google officially stated that they do not mind honest competition but obviously had a thing or three to say about Microsoft.

Bing’s Harry Shum said that Google uses more than 1,000 different “signals an features” in their ranking algorithm adding that many internet companies use “collective intelligence” gathered in this way.


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-18 #1 Regenweald 2011-02-02 15:35
When google cloned Bing's search page style and results display format, I didn't see microsoft throwing a bitch fit. Piss off google.
 
 
-16 #2 EVOXSNES 2011-02-02 17:24
@ Regen

Yep.
 
 
+9 #3 Bl0bb3r 2011-02-02 18:33
@ two clowns above... take a look at ask, yahoo and bing's overall search page style and tell me who copied who?

What, because Google added a background image, they copied bing?

Then I say bing copied me because a while back I had the same idea, even a better one, which I put into practice, based on location / season / event the background of the site would change accordingly... if it was summer, it was sunny, if it was the national holiday it would have flags and appropriate elements, all automated.

Screw bing for copying me!

In other fun facts, copying the final data vs copying the layout are two different things, one requires a lot of hard work and thinking, the other one what they (bing's mofo's) have seen in my past web designs!
 
 
-12 #4 Regenweald 2011-02-02 19:28
Some of you can't see past the hard on that you have for microsoft to apply simple observation skills. Bing had barely launched and begun to steadily achieve some market share when google re-designed their entire layout to copy that of bing.

Your final points don't make much sense, since you claim to be a web designer, you should know that page layout and functionality will make or break a site and that a lot more was changed in the google search page than a background image. How'd you miss that ? in case of Bing and google, Google clearly copied the better design outright.

As for Yahoo and Bing, do a little research, It's widely known that Bing provides Yahoo's search service now so the similarity is a given. You sure you're a web dev ? ;-)
 
 
+3 #5 Bl0bb3r 2011-02-02 20:58
I was a web dev a while back... I'm sure of it.


That now yahoo is supplied by bing is irrelevant. What makes or breaks a website is irrelevant. You complain about the layout, and it looks just like google's does for quite a few years and now so does bing's.

Think of it like poetic justice, bing copied Google, Google copied something back.

Also, what else did Google add from bing? I ask because I rarely spend my time on second-rate search engines as bing... when even yahoo seems to be superior, bing-or-not-supported.

Is it the side bar on the left, with the quick date/location filters? I noticed bing had something like that but anemic in comparison.
 
 
-3 #6 GrumpyOldMan 2011-02-03 15:36
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Get the Way Back Machine. Roll back to 9-12-01.

Look for "Al Jazeera"
Google = 0 hits
Yahoo = 0 hits
MSN = 0 hits
Ask.com = 0 hits
Aol = 0 hits

Now type in:

salkgtghpkoklbd bmvslkes
and you'll get at least 1500 links.
 
 
-1 #7 GrumpyOldMan 2011-02-03 15:37
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....And we have THE BALLS
to tell the Chinese about "censorship"

Freedom is a [censored]ing Illusion.
.
 
 
+5 #8 thematrix606 2011-02-03 16:39
Btw, I don't really care who copied who, but atm Google has the best search available...

Bing brings me shitty results every time, it's absolutely horrible!

Google has at least 1000x more results for certain searches than Bing.
 
 
0 #9 GrumpyOldMan 2011-02-03 18:47
Quoting thematrix606:
Btw, I don't really care who copied who, but atm Google has the best search available...

Bing brings me shitty results every time, it's absolutely horrible!

Google has at least 1000x more results for certain searches than Bing.


Agreed. I try not to use it too much, only when I'm stuck. Don't like the idea of Google wanting to live in my trousers.
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