10-06-2011 07:41 AM
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  1. J4rrod's Avatar
    Ok, here's the deal.

    Go to this site: Blind Search

    It's a "blind search test." You type in a query, it gives you two lists of results, one from Google and one from Bing, but doesn't tell you which is which. Then you vote for which you think has the better search results. That simple.

    Here's what you do: type in five queries and record the queries and which engine you ended up voting for for each, then report them back to here.

    I am a Bing advocate, and here are my results. Remember, be honest!

    Sony Vaio - Bing
    Windows Phone 7 Web Marketplace - Google
    Deer vs dog - Bing
    Shutup woman get on my horse - undecided
    Anon attacking Facebook - Google

    Those are my results after five searches. Have fun :)
    10-04-2011 10:53 AM
  2. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    3 to Google and 2 to Bing for my tests. (More up to date info on Google)
    10-04-2011 10:57 AM
  3. archer75's Avatar
    I honestly don't care about results. They are both close enough for me.

    The problem with bing is you can't search by a time frame which makes google the winner for me.
    10-04-2011 11:07 AM
  4. Coffee's Avatar
    I use bing first, then google if I don't get what I want. I have to use google about once a week or so.
    10-04-2011 11:12 AM
  5. KingCrimson's Avatar
    I think Google still gets more relevant search results and has a simpler, cleaner UI.
    10-04-2011 11:14 AM
  6. donnydonny#WP's Avatar
    i get different search results from using Bing on a computer (not that bad) and Bing Search on WP7 (not so great). This is my biggest complaint against Bing since that was my first experience with it. The "desktop" version doesn't seem so bad.
    10-04-2011 11:16 AM
  7. HeyCori's Avatar
    I think each search engine has its own strengths and weaknesses. I typically found general information faster on Bing but occasionally when I need to find info about a specific person I get better results with Google. However, uses search results to sell more ads, not being an advocate of ads means I typically try to stay away from Google search. I don't even visit youtube that much anymore because I'm tired of "Ads by Google" popping up.
    10-04-2011 11:23 AM
  8. J4rrod's Avatar
    I honestly don't care about results. They are both close enough for me.

    The problem with bing is you can't search by a time frame which makes google the winner for me.
    You can actually.
    10-04-2011 11:25 AM
  9. DarkFears's Avatar
    10 to bing 6 to google

    Searched a lot of my local area attractions, parks, mountains, history etc. almost all of these went to Bing for better relevancy. Did some other searches on rare music and composers and that seemed to be in googles favor for relevancy.

    The only thing I use Google for anymore is shopping, google shopping finds cheaper prices for the stuff im looking for more often for some reason.
    10-04-2011 11:27 AM
  10. archer75's Avatar
    You can actually.
    Must be new. Wasn't there a month ago when I was looking.
    10-04-2011 11:51 AM
  11. Winterfang's Avatar
    Meh I don't use Bing for the results, I use it for the prettyness.

    Edit: I use google for meme pictures.
    10-04-2011 06:30 PM
  12. HeyCori's Avatar
    Edit: I use google for meme pictures.
    haha I do the exact same thing.
    10-04-2011 06:36 PM
  13. TiLoBrown's Avatar
    Bing wins for me. Why? Because on both road trips my GF used her Droid X on, Bing guessed the correct arrival time even though we still used her GPS directions.
    10-04-2011 07:29 PM
  14. theman60099's Avatar
    my results I did a best of 5.

    Bing-3
    Google-2
    10-04-2011 08:56 PM
  15. nrguser's Avatar
    I did a few tests and bing won 3 of the 5.

    There are a few problems with this site not showing results correctly though. There were a few I manually typed in myself and got completely different results.

    Ninjas was one of them.

    Edit: After you do your initial search hit the search button again and results will change or change the order in which they are shown. This test will prove nothing based on someone like myself who looks from the top and goes my way down.
    10-04-2011 09:04 PM
  16. jalb's Avatar
    To be fair, doesn't Bing admittedly use results from Google? That kind of taints the results, as one search engine piggy-backs on the other's algorithm.
    10-04-2011 09:07 PM
  17. foosball's Avatar
    I've run a number of searches using this website and I've found that it actually doesn't mirror the search results that Google provides in a number of instances.

    In other words, its giving different search results than you would find using the real Google. Sometimes it doesn't rank a page the same as the real Google and sometimes it just gives completely different results.

    I'd like to see a more accurate blind test than this.
    10-04-2011 09:23 PM
  18. foosball's Avatar
    To be fair, doesn't Bing admittedly use results from Google? That kind of taints the results, as one search engine piggy-backs on the other's algorithm.
    Not exactly.

    Bing uses Google data as a factor in Bing's algorithm but it doesn't use Google's algorithm.
    10-04-2011 09:31 PM
  19. Dr.Phil's Avatar
    It's kind of biased because you know that the column to the right is Google and the column to the left is Bing. Also they pretty much show the same thing on the first page for everything I typed in, just in a different order. I don't think that you should choose a search engine because it places wpcentral in 2nd on google and first on bing (just an example, I didn't actually search wpcentral). I mean to me as long as it's on the first page it's something I am going to click. The real battle is how their advanced searches perhaps work and also their other applications such as maps, images, news, etc. Idk, that's just my take.
    10-04-2011 09:59 PM
  20. Dr.Phil's Avatar
    Also, I just now noticed after going on bing that they have some rewards program. I'm assuming this is old news but has anyone signed up for this?
    10-04-2011 10:02 PM
  21. HeyCori's Avatar
    To be fair, doesn't Bing admittedly use results from Google? That kind of taints the results, as one search engine piggy-backs on the other's algorithm.
    Bing absolutely does not piggy back off Google at all. Don't fall victim to Google's fake *** "sting" they setup a couple months ago. It was complete FUD that too many people still believe.
    10-04-2011 10:03 PM
  22. starblade876's Avatar
    Also, I just now noticed after going on bing that they have some rewards program. I'm assuming this is old news but has anyone signed up for this?
    2329 credits and counting.

    I've been using Bing since WPCentral's article on the rewards thing and haven't needed to use Google at all. In fact, before Bing, I was actually using Yahoo because of my dislike for sheeping to Google as if they're the be-all, end-all.
    10-04-2011 10:10 PM
  23. Dr.Phil's Avatar
    I must have missed that article. When did it start? Also, it says there is some 10 point limit per day for me. All I really want is the Amazon gift card :p.
    10-04-2011 10:52 PM
  24. Coffee's Avatar
    i cash in bing rewards for 400 pts at a time on xbox. nice perk.
    10-04-2011 10:54 PM
  25. jalb's Avatar
    i cash in bing rewards for 400 pts at a time on xbox. nice perk.
    How does it work? I've been using Bing, but haven't clicked on the rewards reminders that pop up.
    10-05-2011 07:32 AM
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