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  • Blog Post: Bing is used to change the past (time travel)

    If you have seen the trailer for the new ‘Source Code’ time travel movie, you may have noticed that Jake Gyllenhaal uses Bing.com for a mobile internet search whilst trying to change the past… Tweet Here is the full trailer…
  • Blog Post: +1: Google’s version of Facebook ‘likes’

    There can be little argument that Facebook is the global leader when it comes to owning the social graph of online interpersonal connections.  It’s also no secret that Bing now uses Facebook ‘like’ data as a ranking factor for search results .  However Google has had some disputes with Facebook...
  • Blog Post: Bing to integrate with Facebook for personalized search results [VIDEO]

    Exciting News! Today Microsoft announced that Bing will partner with Facebook to deliver personalised search results based on your social network.  (see video below) Tweet So rather than seeing just anyone’s reviews of the movie or holiday destination you are searching for, you will see the information...
  • Blog Post: How to find things online without searching (Part 3 of 5)

    This mini series of posts focuses on methods of finding information online without typing a single search phrases in to Bing, Google or any other search engine.  Part 1 focussed on check in services and part 2 discussed social voting mechanisms .  Tweet In this post I will highlight search...
  • Blog Post: Bing + IE9 = the future of search

    This short preview video shows how the soon to be released HTML5 features of Bing , along with the superfast hardware accelerated IE9 rendering produces a truly unique search experience, moving us a giant step away from the traditional 10 blue links we have had for so long… Exciting...
  • Blog Post: All about SEO on support.microsoft.com (Audio interview)

    I was recently interviewed by the guys at http://mstalk.in to discuss Search Engine Optimization and social media, with an emphasis on the discoverability efforts we go through for support.microsoft.com.  The audio podcast is available on demand (approx 25 minutes long)… MSTalk.in Episode 14: SEO...
  • Blog Post: 5 great Tweets about search from the past week

      Here are 5 search related topics which I have found interesting over the past week.  Please re-tweet any which you feel worth sharing… More signs that facebook is moving in to locations services SOON! http://tinyurl.com/2ws9bdt [ re-tweet ] Location based marketing is getting big! Dominoes...
  • Blog Post: 5 SEO features for your Content Management System

    Imagine you have just received the keys to a shiny new, custom built, special edition sports car which you have had on order for months.  You have the keys in your hand, the car is sitting on your drive way, the sun is shining and you’ve got a free afternoon…what do you do? 1) Leave the car sitting...
  • Blog Post: Stay cool this summer with Bing

    This photo of a Bing ice cream van was taken a few minutes ago by a friend in London (he has given me permission to share it)… The ice creams even had Bing branded lolly sticks :-)… That’s COOL marketing! :-)
  • Blog Post: New search engines features=less nonsense referrals?

    Yesterday Google released an update which adds a left navigation bar to search results designed to allow users to quickly slice and dice search results. This video explains more… ";" galleryimg="no" mce_src="http://blogs.msdn.com/blogfiles/searchblog/WindowsLiveWriter...
  • Blog Post: Are you ranking for your competitor's brand keywords?

    The ‘Similar’ functionality on Google provides an easy way for your customers to research your competitor’s websites. Can your site be found easily when searching for your competitors brand keywords? Last week, Google announced an enhancement of their ‘similar sites’ functionality. For a while now...
  • Blog Post: Exciting news from Bing at SES New York!

    Yusuf Mehdi from Microsoft took to the stage at SES New York today , and announced some exciting news about Bing! Super exciting new features… Contextual searches on Windows Mobile 7 with Bing… Yusuf demoed a very rare Windows Mobile 7 device. He mentioned that the phones are context sensitive...
  • Blog Post: 3 FREE ways to analyse your website backlinks

    This week I was pleased to run a side session at the MVP Summit on Search Engine Optimisation. One of the topics I covered was SEO tools, as part of which I various tools which are available for analysing websites and extracting data to understand how the crawlers see individual pages or sections of...
  • Blog Post: Want to get noticed in Bing maps? Tag your Flickr Photos!

    Whilst I love working at Microsoft, I sometimes wish that I was responsible for a local business, since the opportunities emerging to get noticed in local and hyper local search are phenomenal! Just five years ago, the best way to research a new destination was to search for the place name, find a...
  • Blog Post: Want to get noticed? Get some friends!

    Are you still just publishing content to the web? Or are you injecting content in to the social sphere? For a long time, the only websites which have been easily discoverable in search engines have been those which are optimised and well linked to, particularly for competitive search terms. This also...
  • Blog Post: Popular searches for 2009

    Bing and Yahoo have both recently released the list of top searches for 2009. . . Yahoo 1. Michael Jackson 2. Twilight 3. WWE 4. Megan Fox 5. Britney Spears 6. Naruto 7. American Idol 8. Kim Kardashian 9. NASCAR 10. Runescape Bing 1. Michael Jackson 2. Twitter 3. Swine Flu...
  • Blog Post: Share Bing search results on Facebook/Twitter

    Are Bing looking to change the way that people share content on the web? Today, most users will perform a search, browse a set of web pages (probably involving multiple clicks of the ‘Back’ button) and then possibly share selected content by copying and pasting the URL in to Twitter/Facebook, or clicking...
  • Blog Post: Latest Bing news from Imagine 09

    Today hosts the UK Imagine 09 conference aimed at digital advertisers. Jordi Ribas, the EMEA engineering manager for Bing took to the stage to talk about the latest developments. Here are some of the highlights which were tweeted live during Jordi’s presentation. . . MSAdvertising : Jordi just...
  • Blog Post: Download Bing Photos

    If like me, you visit www.bing.com at LEAST daily to check out the latest homepage photo, you will love the new Bing homepage photos Windows 7 theme pack which is downloadable from the Windows 7 personalization gallery . Every day Bing presents a brand new photo, along with clickable hotspots which...
  • Blog Post: Integrated Bing voice search

    Anyone who has seen the voice chat app from Google on the iPhone will understandably be impressed.  However, the whole point behind voice chat is that you want to use it in situations where reading/using the screen is difficult. Having to find turn on your iPhone, scroll through your list of programs...
  • Blog Post: SEO tips-Video interview with the Bing Webmaster team

    I met with Rand from SEOMOZ during a presentation to another MS group a few months ago in Redmond. He is a very lively guy, very smart and very knowledgeable in SEO. He recently visited our headquarters in Redmond to interview the Bing webmaster team. The topics included the Yahoo deal, SEO tips for...
  • Blog Post: Bing SEO: Disable hover document preview

    Have you noticed new document preview on Bing search results? This useful function allows you to get an extended snippet of text providing key content and links from the destination page, without having to click on the link. But what if you do not like the content which is displayed by this...
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