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Search Blog — Mar 2009

  • March
    31

    We’re a CNET Webware 100 finalist! VOTE...

    CNET’s Webware , a tech site about “cool web 2.0 apps for everyone,” has announced its annual Webware 100 Nominees, and Live Search is pleased to announce that FOUR Live Search offerings made the list. WOO HOO! Introduced in 2007, the CNET Webware 100 is a round-up of outstanding Web 2.0 products and services, nominated by the readers. The Webware editors select 300 finalists and invite readers to vote on the final picks. Live Search took home prizes in 2007 and 2008 and we need your help to go three for three. Voting starts today, so visit the Webware website to vote for all your favorite Live Search products in three big categories, including: · Search & Reference : Live Search · Location-Based Services : Live Search 411 and Live Search Maps · Commerce : Live Search Farecast (Beta) While you’re voting for Live Search, don’t forget to show some love for the other Microsoft products nominated, including: · Browsing : IE8 · Communication : Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Hotmail · Infrastructure and Storage : Windows Live Sync and Windows Live SkyDrive and Live Mesh and Silverlight · Productivity : Microsoft Office Live Small Business and Microsoft Office Live Workspace Voting... Read More CNET’s Webware , a tech site about “cool web 2.0 apps for everyone,” has announced its annual Webware 100 Nominees, and Live Search is pleased to announce that FOUR Live Search offerings made the list. WOO HOO! Introduced in 2007, the CNET Webware 100 is a round-up of outstanding Web 2.0 products and services, nominated by the readers. The Webware editors select 300 finalists and invite readers to vote on the final picks. Live Search took home prizes in 2007 and 2008 and we need your help to go three for three. Voting starts today, so visit the Webware website to vote for all your favorite Live Search products in three big categories, including: · Search & Reference : Live Search · Location-Based Services : Live Search 411 and Live Search Maps · Commerce : Live Search Farecast (Beta) While you’re voting for Live Search, don’t forget to show some love for the other Microsoft products nominated, including: · Browsing : IE8 · Communication : Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Hotmail · Infrastructure and Storage : Windows Live Sync and Windows Live SkyDrive and Live Mesh and Silverlight · Productivity : Microsoft Office Live Small Business and Microsoft Office Live Workspace Voting... Read More
  • March
    31

    Next Stop: Web2.0 Expo

    In our ongoing quest to connect with those of you across the search universe, we’ll be at Web2.0 Expo in San Francisco starting today. We’ve been on the road quite a bit lately, talking about where search is today and getting feedback on areas where people think the current experience comes up short. Web2.0 Expo is no different. Let’s talk! Live Search will be in the mammoth Microsoft booth (#600) in the Expo Hall, sharing the excitement with our friends from Silverlight, Surface, Azure, and IE8, to name a few. Also, rumor has it that Windows 7 will be on board to demo in the space. Not to be missed. Even if you can’t make it, let us hear from you. Drop us comments or questions in the blog and we’ll be sure to get back to you. Now you must excuse me as I go change into my “stylish” booth shirt… Aya Zook, Product Manager, Live Search In our ongoing quest to connect with those of you across the search universe, we’ll be at Web2.0 Expo in San Francisco starting today. We’ve been on the road quite a bit lately, talking about where search is today and getting feedback on areas where people think the current experience comes up short. Web2.0 Expo is no different. Let’s talk! Live Search will be in the mammoth Microsoft booth (#600) in the Expo Hall, sharing the excitement with our friends from Silverlight, Surface, Azure, and IE8, to name a few. Also, rumor has it that Windows 7 will be on board to demo in the space. Not to be missed. Even if you can’t make it, let us hear from you. Drop us comments or questions in the blog and we’ll be sure to get back to you. Now you must excuse me as I go change into my “stylish” booth shirt… Aya Zook, Product Manager, Live Search
  • March
    24

    Answers about your madness – March Madness...

    It’s that time of the year again: The office pools are going, the sports bars are full, and you’re digging out the colors of your alma mater. Yes, March Madness is already in full swing . While not all of our engineers are huge basketball fans, we are huge fans of our Instant Answers. This is a feature that gives … well, an Instant Answer to a query that is intended to discover a specific piece of information. With so many game times and scores to keep track of, we couldn’t think of a better way to make you happy than to deliver some Instant Answers on college hoops, just in time for the Sweet 16. Simply type in “ NCAA tournament ”, “ March Madness ”, or “ college basketball ” and you will get the latest and greatest information on the tournament right on the search page. You can even type in your favorite team’s name to get the team’s record and latest results. Here’s an example for the Duke Blue Devils . Enjoy and let us know what other Instant Answers you would like to see in the future! Theo Vachovsky, Instant Answers Product Manager, Live Search It’s that time of the year again: The office pools are going, the sports bars are full, and you’re digging out the colors of your alma mater. Yes, March Madness is already in full swing . While not all of our engineers are huge basketball fans, we are huge fans of our Instant Answers. This is a feature that gives … well, an Instant Answer to a query that is intended to discover a specific piece of information. With so many game times and scores to keep track of, we couldn’t think of a better way to make you happy than to deliver some Instant Answers on college hoops, just in time for the Sweet 16. Simply type in “ NCAA tournament ”, “ March Madness ”, or “ college basketball ” and you will get the latest and greatest information on the tournament right on the search page. You can even type in your favorite team’s name to get the team’s record and latest results. Here’s an example for the Duke Blue Devils . Enjoy and let us know what other Instant Answers you would like to see in the future! Theo Vachovsky, Instant Answers Product Manager, Live Search
  • March
    23

    Active Answers give you flight status

    Air travel is always a hassle.  Picking someone up — is the flight on time? Going on a flight — have the terminal and gate changed ? You can now check all of this quickly and easily on Live Search. Live Search is becoming more than just a place to get information — it is also a place you can do things.  We are simplifying key tasks with Active Answers, a new method of retrieving up-to-the-minute data from the Web. To help with your air travel information needs, our first Active Answer release is for flight status. You can type in a specific flight number into the search box (for example, Alaska 328 ), and Live Search will provide detailed status information on a particular flight, including terminal and gate information.   You can also do a generic query, flight status , and we’ll display interactive boxes on the results page for the user to fill in. Pretty Cool!   Look for more Active Answers soon, brought to you by Microsoft Research and Live Search.    MJ Lee, Senior Program Manager, Live Search Air travel is always a hassle.  Picking someone up — is the flight on time? Going on a flight — have the terminal and gate changed ? You can now check all of this quickly and easily on Live Search. Live Search is becoming more than just a place to get information — it is also a place you can do things.  We are simplifying key tasks with Active Answers, a new method of retrieving up-to-the-minute data from the Web. To help with your air travel information needs, our first Active Answer release is for flight status. You can type in a specific flight number into the search box (for example, Alaska 328 ), and Live Search will provide detailed status information on a particular flight, including terminal and gate information.   You can also do a generic query, flight status , and we’ll display interactive boxes on the results page for the user to fill in. Pretty Cool!   Look for more Active Answers soon, brought to you by Microsoft Research and Live Search.    MJ Lee, Senior Program Manager, Live Search
  • March
    20

    Search is more than a text box

    Stefan here – sorry for the hiatus. We’ve been out on the road talking to people across the search ecosystem to get their feedback on what we think are some unsolved problems in the search space. More on that later because now we’ve got a treat for you all. I mentioned early on that we want to bring some people who actually know what they are talking about into the blog discussion (in contrast to me who, while able to talk about anything, is rarely the authority on it). Today we have Roopali Kaujalgi from the API team talking about why the Live Search API 2.0 is the new hotness. Even if you’re not a developer, you might be interested in seeing the power of what developers can do with a little code and their imagination. I got a TON of questions about this stuff while I was at SxSW, so I know at least a dozen of you will find this scintillating. Until next week... Stefan Weitz, Director, Live Search Stefan here – sorry for the hiatus. We’ve been out on the road talking to people across the search ecosystem to get their feedback on what we think are some unsolved problems in the search space. More on that later because now we’ve got a treat for you all. I mentioned early on that we want to bring some people who actually know what they are talking about into the blog discussion (in contrast to me who, while able to talk about anything, is rarely the authority on it). Today we have Roopali Kaujalgi from the API team talking about why the Live Search API 2.0 is the new hotness. Even if you’re not a developer, you might be interested in seeing the power of what developers can do with a little code and their imagination. I got a TON of questions about this stuff while I was at SxSW, so I know at least a dozen of you will find this scintillating. Until next week... Stefan Weitz, Director, Live Search
  • March
    20

    Next Stop: SES NY

    To hell with unpacking. As we cast a reflective glance at SXSW and MIX09 in the rearview mirror, Live Search is revving up for Search Engine Strategies in NYC next week. Members from both sides of the Search house — Live Search and Microsoft Advertising — will speak on a range of topics, including: blended search, future of SEO, duplicate content, link building, PPC, keywords, video optimization, and best practices when writing copy. And be sure to catch us as we demo our latest & greatest in the Expo Hall (March 24-25), booth #1012. We’re participating on the following panels: Tuesday, March 24 SEO: Where to Next? 10:30-11:30am Duane Forrester , Senior Program Manager, MSN, Microsoft Universal & Blended Search Update 3:00-4:00pm Todd Schwartz , Group Product Manager, Live Search, Microsoft Video Search Optimization 4:30-5:30pm Henry Hall , Senior Product Manager, Live Search, Microsoft Wednesday, March 25 Discover the Power of Linking: Link Building Basics 9:00-10:00am Sasi Parthasarathy , Program Manager, Live Search, Microsoft Keywords & Content: Search Marketing Foundations 10:45-12:00pm Katherine Shappley , Agency Development Executive... Read More To hell with unpacking. As we cast a reflective glance at SXSW and MIX09 in the rearview mirror, Live Search is revving up for Search Engine Strategies in NYC next week. Members from both sides of the Search house — Live Search and Microsoft Advertising — will speak on a range of topics, including: blended search, future of SEO, duplicate content, link building, PPC, keywords, video optimization, and best practices when writing copy. And be sure to catch us as we demo our latest & greatest in the Expo Hall (March 24-25), booth #1012. We’re participating on the following panels: Tuesday, March 24 SEO: Where to Next? 10:30-11:30am Duane Forrester , Senior Program Manager, MSN, Microsoft Universal & Blended Search Update 3:00-4:00pm Todd Schwartz , Group Product Manager, Live Search, Microsoft Video Search Optimization 4:30-5:30pm Henry Hall , Senior Product Manager, Live Search, Microsoft Wednesday, March 25 Discover the Power of Linking: Link Building Basics 9:00-10:00am Sasi Parthasarathy , Program Manager, Live Search, Microsoft Keywords & Content: Search Marketing Foundations 10:45-12:00pm Katherine Shappley , Agency Development Executive... Read More
  • March
    19

    Live Search Accelerators in IE8

    Today at MIX09 , our friends on the Internet Explorer team announced the general availability of Internet Explorer 8. In IE8, Web users will see a number of Live Search accelerators that make surfing the Web faster and easier. Here’s a look at what you’ll see. Live Search Products Accelerator Most of us have researched or bought something online. And while it is nice to find great deals from the comfort of our homes, the experience itself can be fragmented and frustrating. Typically we have to visit several sites to find all the information that helps us buy the best product. Live Search is working hard to streamline the process of researching and shopping online. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could compare prices from Live Search to prices on any other site without opening a new page? You can with the Live Search Products accelerator! If you have not heard of Internet Explorer 8’s accelerators feature, this is a great time to give it a try: 1) Install Internet Explorer 8 2) Install the Shop and Save with Live Search Products accelerator 3) Highlight a word or phrase, click on and see what prices Live Search offers. Here is an example: Map with Live Search ... Read More Today at MIX09 , our friends on the Internet Explorer team announced the general availability of Internet Explorer 8. In IE8, Web users will see a number of Live Search accelerators that make surfing the Web faster and easier. Here’s a look at what you’ll see. Live Search Products Accelerator Most of us have researched or bought something online. And while it is nice to find great deals from the comfort of our homes, the experience itself can be fragmented and frustrating. Typically we have to visit several sites to find all the information that helps us buy the best product. Live Search is working hard to streamline the process of researching and shopping online. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could compare prices from Live Search to prices on any other site without opening a new page? You can with the Live Search Products accelerator! If you have not heard of Internet Explorer 8’s accelerators feature, this is a great time to give it a try: 1) Install Internet Explorer 8 2) Install the Shop and Save with Live Search Products accelerator 3) Highlight a word or phrase, click on and see what prices Live Search offers. Here is an example: Map with Live Search ... Read More
  • March
    18

    Sights and Sounds of MIX09

    I was coming out of a doze on the plane from Dallas to Las Vegas and the man next to me with a perfect good ol’ boy Texas drawl said to his friend: “My money has a better time in Vegas than I do; it stays and I have to leave!” Las Vegas, despite its hotels’ mimicry of Paris, New York, and Venice, is a place like no other on Earth . MIX is of course a conference like no other, so the combo is unstoppably surreal. The hotel room card keys mention Azure Services … and you guessed it….they are blue card keys. Monday, the first night I was here I managed to run into Scott Hanselman and walk around these Italian plazas under what seemed like a blue summer sky – yet I knew it was about 9:30 at night. Seemingly all night and all day the gondolas are taking tourists around the Venetian Hotel…. Tuesday things started hopping, with folks flowing into the registration booths and trying out the Microsoft Surface units inside the 3rd Place, a large lounge with snacks and couches and good conversation. I watched Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky of Stack Overflow setup for their podcast. From duct-taping the equipment by Jeff….to attempts to get Joel to relax…. ..to the sound... Read More I was coming out of a doze on the plane from Dallas to Las Vegas and the man next to me with a perfect good ol’ boy Texas drawl said to his friend: “My money has a better time in Vegas than I do; it stays and I have to leave!” Las Vegas, despite its hotels’ mimicry of Paris, New York, and Venice, is a place like no other on Earth . MIX is of course a conference like no other, so the combo is unstoppably surreal. The hotel room card keys mention Azure Services … and you guessed it….they are blue card keys. Monday, the first night I was here I managed to run into Scott Hanselman and walk around these Italian plazas under what seemed like a blue summer sky – yet I knew it was about 9:30 at night. Seemingly all night and all day the gondolas are taking tourists around the Venetian Hotel…. Tuesday things started hopping, with folks flowing into the registration booths and trying out the Microsoft Surface units inside the 3rd Place, a large lounge with snacks and couches and good conversation. I watched Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky of Stack Overflow setup for their podcast. From duct-taping the equipment by Jeff….to attempts to get Joel to relax…. ..to the sound... Read More
  • March
    18

    MIX09 — News from the show

    Scott Guthrie, Corporate VP at Microsoft, officially kicked off MIX09 this morning. If you aren’t at the show, you don’t have time to watch the webcasts , or aren’t following all the daily twitter action , here are some Live Search-related highlights from the keynote that you might enjoy: Scott showed off the Virtual Earth Silverlight Control, which we’ll be making available to developers on Friday. Silverlight lets Virtual Earth developers take advantage of new features like “deep zoom” navigation, which vastly improves users’ mapping experience. For more about the Virtual Earth Silverlight Control, check out the Virtual Earth Evangelist blog . Or if you’re lucky enough to be at MIX09, don’t forget to check out Chris Pendleton’s session on Friday to hear more. Also announced today was our work with CareerBuilder.com . The US’s largest online job site is using the Live Search API and Silverlight to enable employers to search candidate background from places like Facebook, blogs, online articles, etc., all in one search. On Thursday at MIX , Alessandro Catorcini , Senior Program Manager Lead, will talk more about updates to the Live Search API and how we’re working with partners to help... Read More Scott Guthrie, Corporate VP at Microsoft, officially kicked off MIX09 this morning. If you aren’t at the show, you don’t have time to watch the webcasts , or aren’t following all the daily twitter action , here are some Live Search-related highlights from the keynote that you might enjoy: Scott showed off the Virtual Earth Silverlight Control, which we’ll be making available to developers on Friday. Silverlight lets Virtual Earth developers take advantage of new features like “deep zoom” navigation, which vastly improves users’ mapping experience. For more about the Virtual Earth Silverlight Control, check out the Virtual Earth Evangelist blog . Or if you’re lucky enough to be at MIX09, don’t forget to check out Chris Pendleton’s session on Friday to hear more. Also announced today was our work with CareerBuilder.com . The US’s largest online job site is using the Live Search API and Silverlight to enable employers to search candidate background from places like Facebook, blogs, online articles, etc., all in one search. On Thursday at MIX , Alessandro Catorcini , Senior Program Manager Lead, will talk more about updates to the Live Search API and how we’re working with partners to help... Read More
  • March
    17

    Flexible API now serving 3B queries per...

    Cheers, webmasters and publishers! You may recall that last November we kicked off Project Silk Road featuring the Live Search API 2.0 at PubCon as a broad beta. The idea was to support publishers and developers like you with a flexible search engine you can use to power your online business. Fast forward four months, and we are serving more than 3 billion queries/month and have received more than 5,000 applications to use the API. API Query Volume After two years of developing our API with internal customers like MSN, MSNBC, and Microsoft.com, we launched API 2.0 this fall and made it available to partners like Facebook and The Free Dictionary . The point of Project Silk Road and API 2.0 is to provide an extensible search platform: You have nearly complete control over how you want to rank and format the results, and you can choose from JSON, XML, or SOAP protocols. The API gives you access to extensive content partnerships from a broad range of sources, including news, images, and maps. That translates into keeping more visitors natively on your site. In the following example, let’s say you are building a site to help customers plan cycling trips. You can use the API to pull... Read More Cheers, webmasters and publishers! You may recall that last November we kicked off Project Silk Road featuring the Live Search API 2.0 at PubCon as a broad beta. The idea was to support publishers and developers like you with a flexible search engine you can use to power your online business. Fast forward four months, and we are serving more than 3 billion queries/month and have received more than 5,000 applications to use the API. API Query Volume After two years of developing our API with internal customers like MSN, MSNBC, and Microsoft.com, we launched API 2.0 this fall and made it available to partners like Facebook and The Free Dictionary . The point of Project Silk Road and API 2.0 is to provide an extensible search platform: You have nearly complete control over how you want to rank and format the results, and you can choose from JSON, XML, or SOAP protocols. The API gives you access to extensive content partnerships from a broad range of sources, including news, images, and maps. That translates into keeping more visitors natively on your site. In the following example, let’s say you are building a site to help customers plan cycling trips. You can use the API to pull... Read More
  • March
    16

    Next stop: Fabulous Las Vegas for MIX09

    10 a.m.-ish Texas time, 4 coffees later, Betsynote: I had intended to finish this post after breakfast, but it looks like Community Server had other plans while I was eating. :) Saturday and Sunday of SxSW were quite full for me - I caught snippets of two sessions before booth duty in the morning, where I got to talk to a lot of interesting folks about Live Search - video search, cashback, the deep links in the home page of live.com and our amazing product reviews aggregation. We gave away over 1,000 slices of pizza to future customers and homless folk alike in the name of Live Search this weekend. The Windows Mobile TechSet Blogger Lounge continued to have successful tweetups with standing room only. Sunday I was lucky enough to see Clay Shirky at his book signing, attend the Gnomedex/Blogher/Seesmic party (one of the few where you could actually hear the folks you were talking with), and stand outside the Blogger party (too hot and successful for its own good) and chat with folks I hadn't seen in a long time. Stefan and Aya are stll going to be workin' it at the booth last few days of SxSW, and you can follow their antics (and sometimes they indeed are antics) at http://www... Read More 10 a.m.-ish Texas time, 4 coffees later, Betsynote: I had intended to finish this post after breakfast, but it looks like Community Server had other plans while I was eating. :) Saturday and Sunday of SxSW were quite full for me - I caught snippets of two sessions before booth duty in the morning, where I got to talk to a lot of interesting folks about Live Search - video search, cashback, the deep links in the home page of live.com and our amazing product reviews aggregation. We gave away over 1,000 slices of pizza to future customers and homless folk alike in the name of Live Search this weekend. The Windows Mobile TechSet Blogger Lounge continued to have successful tweetups with standing room only. Sunday I was lucky enough to see Clay Shirky at his book signing, attend the Gnomedex/Blogher/Seesmic party (one of the few where you could actually hear the folks you were talking with), and stand outside the Blogger party (too hot and successful for its own good) and chat with folks I hadn't seen in a long time. Stefan and Aya are stll going to be workin' it at the booth last few days of SxSW, and you can follow their antics (and sometimes they indeed are antics) at http://www... Read More
  • March
    14

    First day of SxSW Interactive: Blogger...

    This is not the Texas weather we are used to; in fact it looks a bit like Seattle today mixed with Chicago style winds. The wet air does not smell of smoke, beer, or bbq; there are no bats. But the Internet works and the energy is getting to that crackling melting pot. We began our Friday by meeting up with our sponsored guest, Nadia Payan , for breakfast and then off to registration at the Austin Convention Center. Aya wanted to make sure we knew where the blogger lounge was for the tweetup at 4-6pm so we ventured in early and got things ready. Below is Aya being the “King of Swag.” At least til he can give it all away! The tweetup itself was great, with elbow-to-elbow standing room in the Austin suite, a rousing rendition of Kids in America by Tara Hunt on Rockband (and many other fine performances by attendees, I just happened to catch that vocal set). Internetgeekgirl Stephanie Agresta kept things hopping, we passed out Live Search t-shirts as the beer and wine flowed. The Austin had this huge portal-esque window from floor to ceiling, and at one point we opened the door to the outside just to let the chill air cool the packed crowds. I used our new Flip video... Read More This is not the Texas weather we are used to; in fact it looks a bit like Seattle today mixed with Chicago style winds. The wet air does not smell of smoke, beer, or bbq; there are no bats. But the Internet works and the energy is getting to that crackling melting pot. We began our Friday by meeting up with our sponsored guest, Nadia Payan , for breakfast and then off to registration at the Austin Convention Center. Aya wanted to make sure we knew where the blogger lounge was for the tweetup at 4-6pm so we ventured in early and got things ready. Below is Aya being the “King of Swag.” At least til he can give it all away! The tweetup itself was great, with elbow-to-elbow standing room in the Austin suite, a rousing rendition of Kids in America by Tara Hunt on Rockband (and many other fine performances by attendees, I just happened to catch that vocal set). Internetgeekgirl Stephanie Agresta kept things hopping, we passed out Live Search t-shirts as the beer and wine flowed. The Austin had this huge portal-esque window from floor to ceiling, and at one point we opened the door to the outside just to let the chill air cool the packed crowds. I used our new Flip video... Read More
  • March
    13

    We're all a-Twitter

    With more and more Twitter accounts popping up every day, we thought we should follow Danny Sullivan’s lead and identify where you can find all the information from the Live Search team. Below is a list of Live Search team accounts on Twitter — come and join the conversation! twitter.com/live_search   The official home of Live Search on Twitter. You’ll find announcements about product updates, partnerships, and blog posts. Plus you can tweet @live_search with any questions or comments about our search engine. twitter.com/cashbackdotcom   Follow cashbackdotcom to keep up on the latest and greatest deals available from Live Search cashback. twitter.com/fareologist Our Live Search Farecast Fareologist will keep you up to date on airfare trends, travel news, and hot fares as they’re revealed by the Magic 8-Ball of Farecast data. twitter.com/baoki   Betsy is a coffee-fueled tweet machine about social media, videogames, and tech. twitter.com/ayazook Going to a search event? Aya probably is, too, so follow him to find out all the Live Search happenings. twitter.com/stefanweitz Stefan’s tweets are much like him — a little bit dorky, a little... Read More With more and more Twitter accounts popping up every day, we thought we should follow Danny Sullivan’s lead and identify where you can find all the information from the Live Search team. Below is a list of Live Search team accounts on Twitter — come and join the conversation! twitter.com/live_search   The official home of Live Search on Twitter. You’ll find announcements about product updates, partnerships, and blog posts. Plus you can tweet @live_search with any questions or comments about our search engine. twitter.com/cashbackdotcom   Follow cashbackdotcom to keep up on the latest and greatest deals available from Live Search cashback. twitter.com/fareologist Our Live Search Farecast Fareologist will keep you up to date on airfare trends, travel news, and hot fares as they’re revealed by the Magic 8-Ball of Farecast data. twitter.com/baoki   Betsy is a coffee-fueled tweet machine about social media, videogames, and tech. twitter.com/ayazook Going to a search event? Aya probably is, too, so follow him to find out all the Live Search happenings. twitter.com/stefanweitz Stefan’s tweets are much like him — a little bit dorky, a little... Read More
  • March
    12

    Searching for the pot o’ gold near you

    You know what they say: everyone’s Irish on March 17 th , and our search data shows it! At the beginning of March the number of people that start searching for green beer increases by 940%. So if you’re one of those people, we thought we’d make your hunt for anything green a little easier by compiling some fun St. Patrick’s Day collections for you. Whether it’s enjoying a Guinness and corn beef and cabbage lunch at a local bar or restaurant, partaking in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that happens in cities around the globe, or steeping yourself in the history of the holiday, we can help you keep track of the activities for the day. We’ve created a few collections of favorite destinations for the big day in Live Search Maps. (Click each link for all the details on the parade routes and other venues of significance…such as, well…Irish pubs.) Boston and New York were two of the first U.S. cities to hold celebrations for St Patrick’s Day, and those traditions live on in full force today with big parades and green beer o’plenty! Chicago is another city that gets into the festivities in a big way: with its own infamous green... Read More You know what they say: everyone’s Irish on March 17 th , and our search data shows it! At the beginning of March the number of people that start searching for green beer increases by 940%. So if you’re one of those people, we thought we’d make your hunt for anything green a little easier by compiling some fun St. Patrick’s Day collections for you. Whether it’s enjoying a Guinness and corn beef and cabbage lunch at a local bar or restaurant, partaking in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that happens in cities around the globe, or steeping yourself in the history of the holiday, we can help you keep track of the activities for the day. We’ve created a few collections of favorite destinations for the big day in Live Search Maps. (Click each link for all the details on the parade routes and other venues of significance…such as, well…Irish pubs.) Boston and New York were two of the first U.S. cities to hold celebrations for St Patrick’s Day, and those traditions live on in full force today with big parades and green beer o’plenty! Chicago is another city that gets into the festivities in a big way: with its own infamous green... Read More
  • March
    10

    SXSW Interactive: Hi my name is Live Search...

    Live Search is busily packing to make a pilgrimage to the annual geek mecca, SXSW Interactive . Our mission is clear: We want to talk to you about search. Sure, you probably like your search just as it is. But we think it can be better. We want to make it better. And we want to hear from you to help us get there. Find us in the Microsoft booth at the show (March 14–16), roaming the conference halls with a video camera, and chatting up the cool kids at parties. And be sure to come to our BFFing with Live Search Tweetup in the Blogger Lounge on the 3 rd floor of the Austin Convention Center (Friday the 13 th , 4–6pm). Nadia Payan , who we helped get to the conference, will be our special guest. We also have something special planned for 6th Street festivities. To find out, be sure to follow us on Twitter @Live_Search ! Aya Zook, Product Manager, Live Search Live Search is busily packing to make a pilgrimage to the annual geek mecca, SXSW Interactive . Our mission is clear: We want to talk to you about search. Sure, you probably like your search just as it is. But we think it can be better. We want to make it better. And we want to hear from you to help us get there. Find us in the Microsoft booth at the show (March 14–16), roaming the conference halls with a video camera, and chatting up the cool kids at parties. And be sure to come to our BFFing with Live Search Tweetup in the Blogger Lounge on the 3 rd floor of the Austin Convention Center (Friday the 13 th , 4–6pm). Nadia Payan , who we helped get to the conference, will be our special guest. We also have something special planned for 6th Street festivities. To find out, be sure to follow us on Twitter @Live_Search ! Aya Zook, Product Manager, Live Search