A Bing search box has turned up at the top of our browsers at work, and I’ve used it a few times, and it’s OK. But I’m still a Google user just because I’m comfortable with it. So today’s NPR story, “Bing vs. Google: a weeklong experiment” was really intriguing. National correspondant James Fallows used Bing … or rather, started to use Bing … to track facts for a news story. He found some things missing from Bing, and some missing from Google, and had the best results using www.bing-vs-google.com‘s side-by-side display of the two. Try it out! (Remember Dogpile?)
Another recent Google story in Search Engine Land: Google’s Personalized Results: the “new normal” that deserves extraordinary attention. Earlier this month, Google announced in its blog that personalized search will now be available to signed-out users. While it’s possible to opt out — see the Google Blog story for details — most of the time, most search results will be “customized” to reflect previous searches. The Search Engine Land story explores the implications.
– Google’s Personalized Results story via Jessamyn West’s librarian.net: the nature of observing disturbs the observed