Over at Search Engine Land, blogger Danny Sullivan has the scoop on a pattern in Bing search results which, Google alleges, shows that Microsoft's rival search engine is piggybacking off of Google's search results. [Bing is currently an advertiser on Geekosystem and other Abrams Media sites.] The full, nitty-gritty details are available on Sullivan's site, but in short, Google thinks that Microsoft is using search tools associated with its Internet Explorer browser to peek at users' search behavior on Google, then effectively copying what they choose to click on. In an attempt to "sting" Bing, Google manually created 100 sets of search results for nonsense queries like "hiybbprqag" and "mbzrxpgjys"; for between seven and nine of those queries, Google found that Bing displayed the same results, which suggested that Bing was copying off Google's answer sheet.
Geekosystem readers may have noticed that beginning today, a Bing search box now appears at the bottom of each post. What is it, exactly?
Here's the deal: After Geekosystem's crackerjack reports on, say, robots, World of Warcraft, or Rickrolling pranks have fired up your interests in those subjects, you can use the Bing tool to search for more. Depending on what you're looking for, you can toggle between video, web, and image search, allowing you to take advantage of Bing's nifty multimedia search as well as more traditional web search.
Please try it out!