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Does anyone remember when the search engine wars began? Did you use Ask Jeeves? Bing? Google, Yahoo or MSN?
Well in the end it seemed Google won and today without much though I will use Google or choose it as my search engine provider when setting up my Internet homepage.
Skip forward to 2012 and have you seen the new Bing advert? Part of the Microsoft branch Bing has had some interesting developments.
And as New Media Age are keen to point out the same could be said about many areas of the online world, like how there are other sites besides YouTube for video content.
Microsoft are now thinking outside the box for its search engine. Not only will it now find results from social sites like Twitter and Facebook, but it will also have a social tool bar.
In an aim to give us a ‘perspective’ type of search the idea is that their will be a side column which enables you to view social feeds and post updates without having to leave the search engine.
This real time update system reminds me alittle of the old days when you had a simple IM box to communicate instead of timelines and pages of feed to read from you friends. I have to admit there is something I miss about those days knowing that someone was ‘Online’ with a bleep from your computer telling you that they had signed in, instead of today never being completely sure if someone is there or on their phone and finding that your so called instant message has in fact gone to their message box.
So why now Bing? Well they have suggested that up to 90% of us would consult with a friend or expert before making a decision. And if you are on a search engine that seems to be what your trying to do, make a choice about a site to visit or a product to buy.
So check out the Bing Blog or have a look at the video and see what you think of the new search engine breed.