Ryan Thomason

Microsoft and Facebook Sittin’ in a Tree

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Trying to make Bing not suuuuucky. This thing that Microsoft does, is probably the most annoying product I’ve come across on the internet lately. Not only does it really mess with some articles I’m reading with it’s annoying pop ups, but It just…I don’t know I just can’t stand it. Now that they are jumping on the Facebook bandwagon, doesn’t make me want to try using the service any more than before.

In the Bing blog on Wednesday, Microsoft Senior Vice President of online services Satya Nadella said 50% of users consider their friends’ opinions when making a decision online. Bing is trying to capitalize on this by incorporating the “likes” of a user’s friend list into search results.

When you search for something on Bing or in the “Web results” section on Facebook, you’ll be able to see your friends’ faces next to web pages they’ve liked. This applies to any topic or site that has a “like” button associated to it; it could be a restaurant, tv show, movie, song, band, event, 16th century philosopher, or long-winded concept such as those found on phrasely.net.

Also, when searching for names of people on Bing, the Facebook profiles of people within your extended social graph will turn up. For example, if you’re looking for a long-lost ex-girlfriend from high school and she is “a friend of a friend of a friend” on Facebook, her Facebook profile will come up when you search for it on Bing. This is especially handy with common names.

Sorry guys, I’m STILL not sold, please make Bing go away, nobody wants it in the first place.

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