All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Live Search’
Update: As the day has progressed, more people have experimented with Bing, and those who were already experimenting with it have experimented more. Not surprisingly, there have been flaws discovered. More criticism has surfaced.
While, Bing is techincally still in preview status, I have to assume they felt it was pretty much ready for prime time. After all, scheduled launch was only two days away anyway. Anyhow, here are a couple more articles on Bing observations worth looking at:
Microsoft has introduced a new version of MSN City Guides in a move the company calls "one step in a long term plan to help users stay in the know wherever they are."
The new MSN City Guides makes ample use of Live Search and Live Search Maps as well as video and social media. Users can share information through Windows Live and Facebook. Microsoft says this makes event organization easy.
The AP is launching an all out assault on any use of its content that is not licensed (purchased) for use by Internet publishers and search engines. As I have said in the past, the AP is not just focusing on the blatant violators such as spam blogs or sites that quote paragraphs without attribution or link. On the contrary, the AP is specifically going after bigger mainstream blogs, Internet publications and believe it or not search engines such as Google.
Microsoft has also taken the opportunity to map out the routes for St. Patrick’s Day parades and highlight items like Irish pubs in Live Search Maps.
In a story we covered earlier this month, John Battelle accidentally typed livesearch.com into his address bar only to find a domain squatter. This of course led to speculation that Microsoft was close to rebranding its Live Search. They clearly were not too concerned about getting that domain (it’s still the same a couple weeks later).
It’s ugly out there, folks. Unemployment has hit a 25-year high, the Dow is at a 12-year low, and it’s impossible to go 10 minutes without hearing the term "Great Depression." So if you’re looking to make any purchases online, the MSN Toolbar and its new "cashback-offer-detecting mechanism" may be just what the financial advisor ordered.
The Live Search name looks to be nearing the end of its existence. Barney Pell, the founder and CEO of Powerset who became a search strategist and evangelist for Microsoft post-acquisition, confirmed a pending change with a tweet this weekend.
Microsoft’s Live Search cashback program is brilliant insofar as it recognizes that compensation makes the world go ’round; a little money helps people do things they don’t like or change old habits. Only it appears that not everyone who’s participating the cashback program is receiving the key ingredient.
Like it or not, we’re now 35 days into 2009, and textbook writers are probably already trying to compose a few paragraphs about last year for the overpriced latest versions. Microsoft may want to help, as it’s just released a list of the top "how to" queries of 2008.
If you’re a Firefox user that is also a fan of Microsoft’s Live Search, you will be happy to know that the Live Search add-on for Firefox has brought autosuggestions to the browser.
I’m sure you’re familiar with search suggestions. All the major search engines have them. You start typing and it gives you a list of possible queries.
Rumors have been flying around about a possible rebranding of Microsoft’s search engine from Live Search to a few other names that Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet reported on. Names being tossed around include: Bing, Hook, and Kumo (which means "cloud" or "spider" in Japanese).
Foley went after the public opinion on which one would be best and the results so far are as follows:
Facebook temporarily launched Microsoft Live Search integration with its site before removing it a short time later. It’s unclear why the feature has been removed, but the post announcing it on the Facebook Blog was removed as well, so I’m guessing it wasn’t quite ready for primetime, and they goofed.
Most people think the Webmaster Tools programs as a bit like black holes. You send in a question, concern or idea and nothing ever happens…it just sort of disappears.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, the truth is light years away from this thinking.
Witness Live’s revised and expanded WMT program.
A picture of an ice cave is currently displayed on the Live Search homepage, but Microsoft’s users aren’t being left in the cold when it comes to Olympic-related information. Several special features have already launched, and even more are on the way.
The most immediately noticeable thing may be the disappearance of said ice cave. In an email to WebProNews, a Microsoft spokesman wrote, "The Live.com Homepage will rotate Olympics images in the background for the duration of the games."
Microsoft launched its first major update to Live Search Webmaster Tools since November, adding crawl issue feedback, backlink data, improved filtering, and the ability to export data in CSV format to Excel for offline analysis. Update: Five minutes after publishing, the Live Search Webmaster Team let us know they were delayed a little, and that the update should go live at 5:00 EDT.
Robert Scoble scored a video interview with Brad Goldberg, manager of the Microsoft Search team, and had an interesting discussion on what Microsoft has up its sleeve as far as their future in search is concerned.
What kinds of things can they do to compete with Google? Scoble suggests that some Mahalo-type strategies could be in order.
Queries performed through the Live Search program operated by Microsoft generated over $250,000 for local schools and non-profits, and the company hopes to see even greater returns this year.
Until a couple of days ago, if you would type in a query that would be available on Wikipedia, then the SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages) just came out with the exact match and the link to the article.
The Live Search Webmaster Center team announced earlier this week that Microsoft made some improvements to its Live Search webcrawler to improve indexing efficiency.
The two main improvements, blogs, Fabrice Canel, are with HTTP Compression and with Conditional Get:
HTTP Compression: HTTP compression allows faster transmission time by compressing static files and application responses, reducing network load between servers and Microsoft’s crawler. Microsoft says it supports the most common compression methods: gzip and deflate as defined by RFC 2616.