This could be a good thing for those looking to make informed decisions. Go read the first 50 posts you see on Facebook, are these the people you want guiding your healthcare or purchase decisions?
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- I agree, they can probably make it much stronger. I think it's a massive mistake on Microsoft's part to 'marry' Facebook in their search results though. Now if their users come to expect FB results, they are dependent on FB... not the other way around. Remember when FB and Twitter both said they didn't want their stuff used in Google search, then when Google included G+ results they both complained that they were excluded? Now it's the opposite... Microsoft can't bite the hand that feeds them (social results).May 16, 2012
- Right? Twitter used to have a deal with Google. They pulled out, and now they are pissed. pffft.May 16, 2012
- A few days ago a friend of mine said in a FB post that he was going to Cuba. So I did a bing search for 'Cuba' and the social results pain said there was no activity.
Sorry Bing, this is a basic search term that you should have picked up on easily.May 16, 2012
- womp wompMay 16, 2012
- Why advertise a service SO heavily that clearly isn't even up to basic functionality...
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- I agree- they have had significant time with the core engine. I don't use them (I'm a little biased I suppose :-) so can't speak to their overall accuracy, but reports suggest they have made steady improvements. The bottom line is they simply leverage a different algorithm - probably many of the same signals, just different weighting and priority. They started behind the curve but have made sigifnant progress over the last few years.
I think you also have a good point (and Andrij) about attaching your collective destiny to other external interests. There is the semblance of a symbiotic relationship that is being established... Unfortunately, one of the entities in that relationship is much more dependent on the other at this point. It could change (perhaps Bing ends up provided algorithm assistance in implementing core search within FB or something) but right now there is definitely one party that is more vulnerable than the others.May 16, 2012