Google Search vs Bing

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Which scored better for you in the blind test?

Google
106
95%
Bing
4
4%
Draw
2
2%
 
Total votes: 112

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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby Роберт » Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:41 pm UTC

Eseell wrote:
BING WON 1 ROUNDS
I fed it a bunch of things that I've actually had trouble searching for recently, and it looks like Google did a better job of finding what little information was available. Bing had less relevant results.

I guess BING LOSE THIS COMPETITION
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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby P13808 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:20 pm UTC

giantess BING
sibelius 3 torrent GOOGLE
why bill gates is an asshole GOOGLE
miss teen nude leaks BING
windows 7 torrent GOOGLE

So I guess I'll use BING for porn and Google for piracy and ranting bloggers.

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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby skeptical scientist » Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:41 pm UTC

BING WON 0 ROUNDS:
hiybbprqag - GOOGLE
mbzrxpgjys - GOOGLE
indoswiftjobinproduction - GOOGLE
torsoraphy - GOOGLE
bing copying google - GOOGLE
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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby Who » Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:19 am UTC

I was very surprised by the results of that, I had previously thought that there was no difference in the results and went with Google because I liked it better.
Google won 5-0, now I have yet another reason not to use Bing.

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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby Story » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:24 pm UTC

Bing is surprisingly good, but it still doesn't quite measure up. The only one where it failed to come up with anything useful at all was "graph vortex". "Gnome twistcloth" was pretty bad too, though it did have 2 or 3 relevant results at least.

Bing won 0 rounds:
wildshape inherent bonuses GOOGLE
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graph vortex GOOGLE
gnome twistcloth GOOGLE

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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby Shef_ » Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:54 am UTC

I was bored one day at the mall so I sat down for about a half-hour and counted the wins/loses. I can't find the exact numbers anymore but Google won big time.

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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby FLHerne » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:17 pm UTC

Google's text search is well ahead still, but I know many people (including myself :P ) who always prefer Bing's mapping. OSM's transport map is useful but Bing has much clearer general mapping than either Google or OSM, at least in the UK has proper Ordnance Survey contoured mapping, and IMO has better satellite/aerial imagery in most areas than any other free site I've seen.

Anyone want to dispute the above? :twisted:

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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby EvanED » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:17 pm UTC

I do prefer Bing maps to Google's for a lot of things; they're slightly less afraid of information density. Neither holds a candle to a competently-produced paper road map though for a lot of things.

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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby forward4 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:43 pm UTC

I use bing because they give me rewards like xboxes or Skype credit. Now for complex searches I use Google, because I need to subtract keywords or limit search results in some way with the "inside search" tricks.
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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby ahammel » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:14 pm UTC

forward4 wrote:I use bing because they give me rewards like xboxes or Skype credit.

Naked bribery now, is it?
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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby lorb » Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:40 am UTC

Where can I apply for being bribed?
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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby chasesan » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:57 am UTC

This isn't a religious war, this is a Microsoft marketing campaign. We all know who the king of search is.

Also, I tried their blind test a few times in the past, and Google won fair and square, without me trying to "guess" which is which.
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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby FLHerne » Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:16 pm UTC

Seing this thread active, I had another go (Google 4-1 of course).
Looking at the 'Or, try these popular searches:' list, I can see how they got the claimed 2:1 ratios - by hyperoptimising Bing for celebrities and reality TV and then asking a bunch of idiots. :twisted:

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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby Xenomortis » Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:32 pm UTC

The challenge has been appearing on my facebook feed recently, so I took it a little while ago.
Google 4 - 1 Bing
I can remember three of my searches:
"ebay password leak"
"sudoku algorithm"
"homeopathy"

Bing won the homeopathy one I think (Google only linked to "homeopathy is awesome" pages).
Obviously Google won the rest (Bing's password leak results were from several years ago).

FLHerne wrote:by hyperoptimising Bing for celebrities and reality TV and then asking a bunch of idiots. :twisted:

If that's what most traffic is, then it's not exactly a bad thing.
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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby dimitriye98 » Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:15 am UTC

Bing seems to place shopping websites and paid access stuff (e.g. paid access journal papers) higher up the list. Also, when asked about programming problems, Bing has a tendency to provide instructions to solve it, Stack Overflow questions and such, while Google seems to be biased towards libraries to do it for you. Note, Bing interpreted "s" and "expressions" as separate terms, while Google correctly realized that it should be looking for "s expressions", or at least the algorithm they use values adjacency enough to give that perception.

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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby Tyndmyr » Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:16 pm UTC

lorb wrote:Where can I apply for being bribed?


Well, Googling for "bribes for using bing" got me a nice Gizmodo hit right off.

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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby EvanED » Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:05 am UTC

I stumbled across this thread a few minutes after I was looking for a parallel version of diff. Google had fallen flat on its face (searching for "parallel diff" brings up stuff about displaying diffs as side-by-side; "parallelized diff" brings up stuff about what's the difference between parallel and concurrent), and I thought I'd try Bing. It actually did better -- it actually found a service that produces diffs of things in parallel -- but not what I wanted. (It's a service that will produce website diffs by making lots of parallel requests and comparing their rendering.) So a small win for Bing I guess?

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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby Wildcard » Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:43 pm UTC

I have never liked Bing any of the times I tried it. I'll try the blind test for some actual searches over the next week or so and see how it goes.

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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby Flumble » Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:55 pm UTC

Wildcard wrote:
EvanED wrote:Edit "fewer"? Oh God. It's begun.

Huh??

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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby malmensa » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:59 am UTC

Looks like the site has been pulled now. Redirects straight to Bing.

Or could it be a region based thing? Can anyone else still run the experiment?

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Re: Google Search vs Bing

Postby ericgrau » Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:32 am UTC

95% of people prefer Google and 4% Bing, but when Bing started they really wanted that 4% to give them a shot. 4% is more than 0%. Plus the suggested searches helped a little so it's probably more than 4% in the challenge. Now that they've exceeded 4% of actual searches they don't want people to do the challenge anymore because a lot of their users might switch to Google.


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