16 January 2013

Facebook’s Internal Search Engine – Introducing ‘Graph Search’

For those of you who have been following our blog, you will know that just over a month ago, Tamar’s CEO, Tanya Goodin, predicted that Facebook would unveil its own search engine. Yesterday, at the social network’s Menlo Park headquarters, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, announced ‘Graph Search’ – an intuitive internal search engine that allows users …

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19 May 2011

Bing utilising Facebook data to break Google’s dominance in Search

In October last year, Bing took its first steps into the world of ‘social searching’ when it began displaying search results that included Facebook ‘Like’ data.  An expansion incorporating Facebook data into its search engine algorithm was announced this week. It would appear Microsoft are attempting to positioning themselves as a social search engine and betting on this breaking Google’s …

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28 July 2010

Wolfram Alpha and Bing: the search for the knowledge engine

Back in November 2009 Bing and Wolfram Alpha announced a partnership to include the “computational knowledge engine” results within Bing search results. The logic behind this was to improve Bing’s search offering for direct knowledge queries, for example “how much fat in an egg”, but how successful / useful has this partnership proven to be? From a micro level, you …

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16 June 2010

Brand lessons from the history of search

There’s little point in looking back unless you can learn something so I wanted to use today’s birthday retrospective to pull out some useful, relevant and fresh understanding for brands engaging in SEO. I was only a one-year-old, in Tamar terms, when the Big Bang happened (I joined the team in 1998). That’s when Google exploded into the Internet and …

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23 November 2009

Bing + News Corp < Trust?

As Bing and News Corporation plot to make up the ground they conceded when neither took the internet seriously, does today’s news that they are eyeing a pact do them any favours? Their concerns are well founded. Murdoch has recently been telling anyone that would listen that, as a reaction to flagging newspaper sales and falling advertising revenues, his publications …

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13 November 2009

Bing comes out of Beta! Why now and what can you expect?

Yesterday (November 12th) Microsoft announced that Bing had finally come out of Beta stage in the UK. So what has prompted Microsoft to remove the Beta tag and effectively announce their satisfaction with Bing in the UK? The answer, it seems, lies in localised search: “We promised to remove (the Beta tag) only once our experience would differ from the …

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28 October 2009

Twitter Search Live in UK on Bing

Just been annouced at  #imagine09 that this is now live: Click here. So you get the latest trending topics and then a search facility. Still in beta but that’s cool. Try it yourself. It still contains a load of US based hot topics (Lakers?) but probably to be expected. Let’s see how it develops. Once you conduct a search, in …

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22 October 2009

Google & Bing sign up Twitter

Twitter to appear in Google and Bing Search Results First Bing and then Google announced that they had signed up to include Twitter updates in their search results. As Marissa Meyer commented ‘We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that …

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29 September 2009

Bing in the UK – Hope for Microsoft?

They say the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Well that is certainly what Google’s competitors must be hoping. So the latest search stats from across the pond must have caused some people to think that finally a David had been born to humble the Google Goliath. According to these stats, Bing (David in this story) has increased its …

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