Quick Think of a Search Engine… What’s the First One That Comes to Mind?
Google… That’s the first site to pop into mind when I think of a search engine. With over 900,000,000 unique monthly visitors, I am going to assume that it’s probably one of the first search engines that most people think of. Even as I am typing this, I am currently using the Google search toolbar, to find supporting documents to back up my opinions.
Can it Be Beat?
Natural search engines, such as Google or Yahoo for example, are meant to match key words from the original search with relevant sites that may have one of those words in it. Google has managed to dominate the web, maintaining a strong presence and almost completely knocking out competitors such as Yahoo with the diverse array of tools that it offers. Can it ever be beat?
Bing launched by Microsoft back in 2009 has been attempting to compete with Google, and have had some success through business deals, such as a standing partnership with Facebook. Recently there has been talk concerning a new innovative way of searching the web through Facebook, called Graph Search. Basically Facebook and Bing will be partnering to offer a unified search experience, allowing people to search outside of Facebook, but still receive a mix of social context within their Bing web results. For example, say you meet someone at a party and want to connect with them on Facebook but forgot to get their information. You could type in “people named Chris who are friends of Lars and went to Stanford.” Now that seems slightly intense!
Will this type of search engine give Bing the edge it has been ‘searching’ for? Although creative, I don’t see much potential in this idea. Google seems to be quick at the draw, when it comes to innovative ideas, and considering it has the resources, a new tool won’t be too far behind. Another reason I don’t see this excelling is based on the fact of it appearing more or less to be a social search, making me think only of Facebook instead of a useful/legitimate search engine called Bing.
But that’s just my opinion… What do you the bloggers think!?