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We at the Bing team are firm believers in the idea that the only thing better than searching with Bing is sharing what you’ve found with your friends. That’s why we’ve been working on a potential new feature for Bing that does just that in a couple of clicks, which we call Bing & Ping.
Let’s break this down with an example: say you use Bing’s Instant Answers feature to check the score of the game, and you notice that your buddy’s favorite team has just been beaten pretty handily. Say you want to “delicately” remind him of their less-than-stellar moves with the ball. Bing & Ping lets you share this NFL instant answer through various places, like Facebook, Twitter, or even email in as few as two clicks. Reminding someone that their team has no defense has never been easier (in spite of the screenshot below, we of course aren’t talking about our beloved Seahawks).
It’s not just limited to sports, either. Share a neighborhood plumber recommendation with a friend though email, tweet local movie times, or post a flight status with your Facebook pals while you’re trying to bum a ride from the airport.
If you’re interested in previewing this feature, be sure to become a fan of our Facebook page. We’ll be sending a special invitation to our fans to preview Bing and Ping. Check it out and let us know what you think, if you like it and how we can make it better.
Nicholas Kerr - Bing
Facebook and Twitter? What about Windows Live?
Seems a fair point from Jamie... What about sending an IM? Or using Windows Live "Shared Favourites", or updating my WLM status? I think it's great that you're embracing all the other web services out there, but how can MS expect other web sites/businesses to embrace their online services when MS's own properties often don't... Be great to see a little more integration.
I am little bit agree with ali. Where is the benefit for me? Yes, I know how I can handle this, it's easy, install the new AIM Messenger... o_O . The other thing I could use is a vista sidebar gadget. :|
No sorry without any interaction with other MS apps or services it's pointless for me.
Good thought, but I wonder if it will be used.
Firstly, you should change your icons for Email and Copy to use 'WinLive icons' aka 'Standards' Windows Icons. Users love feeling in known land. Using standards icons may help.
+1 for the request for MSN/WinLive. We could update our status or post it to our blog. But so many options can confuse the user. What about a 'Share' button like many other sitse have ?
BTW, it would be very great to have a Bing SearchWiki like Google and a better way to use the Share/Save/Copy our search result function (currently, it's very complex to use it because we need to remember which link to click and we have to stop our search). Beeing able to 'Mark sites' and beeing able to see those later is very great. Having a list of sites we visited through Bing (and using which keywords) should be great, too. In addition, you could use that to see which sites you should promote in your results (as I'm a developper, I have a preference for informatic sites).
BTW, Sharing news is very common, too. And I see no way to do it using Bing. Or is there a way ?
Hi Nicholas, have you looked at this yet? http://www.openshareicons.com
That's pretty handy.
It is a beautiful thing.
I agree completely with Jamie and Ali, never mind Facebook and Twitter, we want this for Windows Live!
I totally agree with Jamie and Ali, we need this for Windows Live, not Twitter and Facebook!
Hi, I am happy to know about this! I wrote to the bing forum about this Idea a month ago or so. I still think that the feature can be more than this!
For each link on bing you can get more info whitout clicking to go to that page, it would be interesting to have an option to share there, at that pre-view menu! sharing in twitter, for instance.
Also, bing translation, and Bing videos could have also offer url crunched to share on twitter twitter.
I think this is a pretty good idea, I'll use it a lot.
Just a comment @Jamie Thomson and @ali: What I find interesting by hearing new sttuff on MS is that people say "Oh, why doesn't it to this or that" but when the new feature comes from other companies they say "that's great new feature". So I would like to know why everyone is so against Microsoft?
this looks interesting...waiting to check this out.
I can tell that we could use this for Twitter and Facebook, but this could be even added as a toolbar functionality within the IE's Windows Live toolbar.
But don't scrap Twitter and Facebook...
All of this is great feedback! I will pass along to the team. Thank you!
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