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Search Blog — Mar 2010

  • March
    31

    Bing Maps at Where 2.0 2010

    This week Bing Maps and Microsoft Research will be heading to San Jose to attend O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 Conference. Blaise Aguera y Arcas, architect of Bing Maps will kick off the event keynote at 9am and will also take part in “The Big Picture, from the Big Players” panel at 2pm alongside Danny Sullivan and folks from Yahoo!, Google and Yelp. If you can’t make it to the keynote, the speech will be live streamed and all content will be available on YouTube following the event. In the meantime, here are a few highlights of what’s new and coming from Bing Maps: New apps: Just about every month, Bing Maps gets a makeover in the form of new map imagery for locations worldwide. The Bing Maps World Tour, available in the Bing Maps app gallery today, brings these updates to life using the Bing Map Apps framework, Silverlight and Azure. Read more from our Bing Maps evangelist here . New apps coming soon: Oodle.com, one of the fastest growing classifieds services is creating an app that will map rental housing on Bing Maps. The Oodle Rentals app will pull-in Oodle data, allowing users to look at various rental housing available from Oodle.com... Read More This week Bing Maps and Microsoft Research will be heading to San Jose to attend O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 Conference. Blaise Aguera y Arcas, architect of Bing Maps will kick off the event keynote at 9am and will also take part in “The Big Picture, from the Big Players” panel at 2pm alongside Danny Sullivan and folks from Yahoo!, Google and Yelp. If you can’t make it to the keynote, the speech will be live streamed and all content will be available on YouTube following the event. In the meantime, here are a few highlights of what’s new and coming from Bing Maps: New apps: Just about every month, Bing Maps gets a makeover in the form of new map imagery for locations worldwide. The Bing Maps World Tour, available in the Bing Maps app gallery today, brings these updates to life using the Bing Map Apps framework, Silverlight and Azure. Read more from our Bing Maps evangelist here . New apps coming soon: Oodle.com, one of the fastest growing classifieds services is creating an app that will map rental housing on Bing Maps. The Oodle Rentals app will pull-in Oodle data, allowing users to look at various rental housing available from Oodle.com... Read More
  • March
    29

    Professor Michael Eisenberg Talks Critical...

    Betsynote: I first ran into Professor Michael Eisenberg last fall when he was introduced to me by multiple folks – the MacArthur Foundation, local Seattle educators, and the NCCE conference organizers. When I chatted with him in his office (yes, I got lost, even though it was Mary Gates Hall as a landmark) I realized he had a long history of working with Internet literacy and critical thinking, and his pro-library/reference stance provided another insight into the discussion. He has his hand in many projects – university academia, educational research, his own company that creates educational resources, and a startup. Here’s what he has to say on various issues around search and critical thinking…. Tell us a little about yourself and what you do now . I am currently Professor at the Information School of the University of Washington. I am the founding dean of the School, having stepped aside in 2006. I keep pretty busy these days—teaching (grads and undergrads); being principal investigator on 2 funded research projects – Project Information Literacy (funded by ProQuest and MacArthur), a large-scale study of the information habits of college... Read More Betsynote: I first ran into Professor Michael Eisenberg last fall when he was introduced to me by multiple folks – the MacArthur Foundation, local Seattle educators, and the NCCE conference organizers. When I chatted with him in his office (yes, I got lost, even though it was Mary Gates Hall as a landmark) I realized he had a long history of working with Internet literacy and critical thinking, and his pro-library/reference stance provided another insight into the discussion. He has his hand in many projects – university academia, educational research, his own company that creates educational resources, and a startup. Here’s what he has to say on various issues around search and critical thinking…. Tell us a little about yourself and what you do now . I am currently Professor at the Information School of the University of Washington. I am the founding dean of the School, having stepped aside in 2006. I keep pretty busy these days—teaching (grads and undergrads); being principal investigator on 2 funded research projects – Project Information Literacy (funded by ProQuest and MacArthur), a large-scale study of the information habits of college... Read More
  • March
    26

    Earth Hour on the homepage

      You’ll notice something “off” about the homepage tomorrow – our lights! On Saturday, March 27 th from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time, the World Wildlife Fund invites you to join people from 3,100 cities in 121 countries on all 7 continents in participating in Earth Hour , where people across the world can demonstrate their concern about global climate change with the simplest of gestures: turning off all non-essential lights and electronics. While a darker version of our page doesn’t save any energy over the regular version, we wanted to do our part to help spread the word. So in honor of Earth Hour, the Bing homepage image will go dark at 8:30pm Eastern Daylight Time and stay dark until 9:30pm Pacific Daylight Time. To find out more about what you can do to support Earth Hour, see http://www.myearthhour.org/community . Stephanie Horstmanshof Managing Editor, Bing homepage Follow @bingHPteam on Twitter   You’ll notice something “off” about the homepage tomorrow – our lights! On Saturday, March 27 th from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time, the World Wildlife Fund invites you to join people from 3,100 cities in 121 countries on all 7 continents in participating in Earth Hour , where people across the world can demonstrate their concern about global climate change with the simplest of gestures: turning off all non-essential lights and electronics. While a darker version of our page doesn’t save any energy over the regular version, we wanted to do our part to help spread the word. So in honor of Earth Hour, the Bing homepage image will go dark at 8:30pm Eastern Daylight Time and stay dark until 9:30pm Pacific Daylight Time. To find out more about what you can do to support Earth Hour, see http://www.myearthhour.org/community . Stephanie Horstmanshof Managing Editor, Bing homepage Follow @bingHPteam on Twitter
  • March
    25

    Happy Twestival

    Tonight marks the second global Twestival (or Twitter Festival) in over 175 cities around the world and Bing is excited to be a part of it in at least a few of those cities. At first I asked the team to see how many we could hit in a night to lend our support and donations to Twestival’s great charity beneficiary , but cooler heads (and the pesky immutable laws of spacetime) have limited us to four cities. Look for Betsy (@baoki) in Twestival SF , Aya (@ayazook) hanging with the beautiful people at Twestival LA , Melissa and Christi are staying in New York after our work at SESNY is done to hit Twestival NYC , and Stefan (@stefanweitz) is popping up to our northern neighbor to celebrate Twestival Toronto . A couple of cool things about Twestival I think you should know. First, it’s all volunteer driven and completely powered by social media. Second, 100% of donations and ticket sales go directly to the chosen charity. Last year, Twestival raised over $250,000 for @charitywater to help fund projects to deliver clean drinking water to the nearly 1 billion people around the world who go without. This year the organizers have turned their focus to childhood education –... Read More Tonight marks the second global Twestival (or Twitter Festival) in over 175 cities around the world and Bing is excited to be a part of it in at least a few of those cities. At first I asked the team to see how many we could hit in a night to lend our support and donations to Twestival’s great charity beneficiary , but cooler heads (and the pesky immutable laws of spacetime) have limited us to four cities. Look for Betsy (@baoki) in Twestival SF , Aya (@ayazook) hanging with the beautiful people at Twestival LA , Melissa and Christi are staying in New York after our work at SESNY is done to hit Twestival NYC , and Stefan (@stefanweitz) is popping up to our northern neighbor to celebrate Twestival Toronto . A couple of cool things about Twestival I think you should know. First, it’s all volunteer driven and completely powered by social media. Second, 100% of donations and ticket sales go directly to the chosen charity. Last year, Twestival raised over $250,000 for @charitywater to help fund projects to deliver clean drinking water to the nearly 1 billion people around the world who go without. This year the organizers have turned their focus to childhood education –... Read More
  • March
    25

    New Stuff Coming From Bing This Spring

    Today at SES New York we shared with attendees our plans to begin testing some new Bing features as we start to move into the next wave of innovation which will be rolling out later this spring and summer. Our focus remains consistent – we want Bing to be the best place to help you make better decisions. When we launched last June, one of the ways we helped customers get to better decisions was by providing a more visual, more intuitive, and more organized experience. This spring we will continue this evolution by making some changes to our user experience and providing new experiences throughout search. To start we wanted to focus on doing more to help users with the tasks they turn to search to help them with. Our research showed that 42% of sessions require refinements, searching sessions are getting longer, and we see that many of those refinements happen when trying to complete common tasks. At launch, we introduced Quick Tabs in the Explore Pane (left rail) to give customers 1-click tools to help refine queries and help them go from question to decision. For example, when planning a trip, Quick Tabs anticipate the intent of the task a customer wants to accomplish and... Read More Today at SES New York we shared with attendees our plans to begin testing some new Bing features as we start to move into the next wave of innovation which will be rolling out later this spring and summer. Our focus remains consistent – we want Bing to be the best place to help you make better decisions. When we launched last June, one of the ways we helped customers get to better decisions was by providing a more visual, more intuitive, and more organized experience. This spring we will continue this evolution by making some changes to our user experience and providing new experiences throughout search. To start we wanted to focus on doing more to help users with the tasks they turn to search to help them with. Our research showed that 42% of sessions require refinements, searching sessions are getting longer, and we see that many of those refinements happen when trying to complete common tasks. At launch, we introduced Quick Tabs in the Explore Pane (left rail) to give customers 1-click tools to help refine queries and help them go from question to decision. For example, when planning a trip, Quick Tabs anticipate the intent of the task a customer wants to accomplish and... Read More
  • March
    23

    Bing Barnburner in the Big Apple

    When it comes to conferences, March, indeed, is madness. Let’s quickly recount. March tipped off with a bang (or “bing!” if you may) with Steve Ballmer and Danny Sullivan chatted search and more at SMX West in Santa Clara. Next, we ran the ball up the court to Portland’s Searchfest , where Stefan Weitz was handsomely rewarded for delivering the keynote. Onwards to SXSWi in Austin – another city, another W based on all the wonderful people who shared their searches for a good cause and came out to our panels. And we can’t forget MIX10 in Las Vegas where we put points on the board by dishing on the heart and science that went into designing Bing . Whew! So, where’s the next big game? It’s only fitting we close this barnburner in the Big Apple. Starting today, Bing and Microsoft Advertising will be descending on New York City to join 5,000+ passionate marketers, advertisers, and publishers at the annual industry show SES NY (March 23-25). Our presence will be highlighted by Yusuf Mehdi , SVP, Online Audience Business delivering the morning keynote on March 25 (9AM EST – WebProNews is planning a live stream ) In addition to Yusuf’s... Read More When it comes to conferences, March, indeed, is madness. Let’s quickly recount. March tipped off with a bang (or “bing!” if you may) with Steve Ballmer and Danny Sullivan chatted search and more at SMX West in Santa Clara. Next, we ran the ball up the court to Portland’s Searchfest , where Stefan Weitz was handsomely rewarded for delivering the keynote. Onwards to SXSWi in Austin – another city, another W based on all the wonderful people who shared their searches for a good cause and came out to our panels. And we can’t forget MIX10 in Las Vegas where we put points on the board by dishing on the heart and science that went into designing Bing . Whew! So, where’s the next big game? It’s only fitting we close this barnburner in the Big Apple. Starting today, Bing and Microsoft Advertising will be descending on New York City to join 5,000+ passionate marketers, advertisers, and publishers at the annual industry show SES NY (March 23-25). Our presence will be highlighted by Yusuf Mehdi , SVP, Online Audience Business delivering the morning keynote on March 25 (9AM EST – WebProNews is planning a live stream ) In addition to Yusuf’s... Read More
  • March
    22

    Plan Your Spring Break with Bing

    Plan Your Spring Break with Bing Oh how I love this time of year. A little spring cleaning, the start of the NCAA basketball tournament , the anticipation of warm afternoons at the ballpark, and students and families gearing up for Spring Break. As I work away from the comfort of my office, I intend to reminisce and remember the good old days of sunny vacations and relaxation while I continue to work away from the comfort of my desk. Are you one of the lucky ones who gets to take a vacation for a spring break? If so, we wish we had better news for you. Sadly, according to Bing Travel Fareologist Joel Grus, airfares are up 25% compared to last year. But all is not lost -- it turns out that once you book your airfare, you’ll save on hotels with rates down 17% compared to this same time last year. So while you are building your itinerary on Bing Travel , if the airfare seems high, you can take comfort in the fact that your lower room price might even it out. Have you picked out your Spring Break destination yet? If not, be sure to check out Bing Visual Search and the new gallery of best Spring Break locations . You can filter by what these locations are known for, best time... Read More Plan Your Spring Break with Bing Oh how I love this time of year. A little spring cleaning, the start of the NCAA basketball tournament , the anticipation of warm afternoons at the ballpark, and students and families gearing up for Spring Break. As I work away from the comfort of my office, I intend to reminisce and remember the good old days of sunny vacations and relaxation while I continue to work away from the comfort of my desk. Are you one of the lucky ones who gets to take a vacation for a spring break? If so, we wish we had better news for you. Sadly, according to Bing Travel Fareologist Joel Grus, airfares are up 25% compared to last year. But all is not lost -- it turns out that once you book your airfare, you’ll save on hotels with rates down 17% compared to this same time last year. So while you are building your itinerary on Bing Travel , if the airfare seems high, you can take comfort in the fact that your lower room price might even it out. Have you picked out your Spring Break destination yet? If not, be sure to check out Bing Visual Search and the new gallery of best Spring Break locations . You can filter by what these locations are known for, best time... Read More
  • March
    19

    New Bing App for iPhone is Here!

    Today we’re excited to announce an update to the Bing app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. You can get it for free from the App Store on your device or use iTunes to download it . In the months following the November release of the app, we received great feedback from people with suggestions for improvements, many of which have been added to this release. For instance, we’ve made a number of stability fixes and usability tweaks, especially in image search, and design updates have made options and dialog boxes easier to use. And that’s not all! We have some new features to tell you about: Bookmarks and improved web browsing : you can now bookmark maps, directions, web sites, businesses, search terms, even the weather report, and get to the bookmarks right from the Bing home page. Sharing: you can share interesting results with your friends using e-mail. Copy and paste URLs : you told us and we listened! We now support copying and pasting URLs. Parental control on search settings : we helped make search safer by letting you set a SafeSearch level and create a passcode so it can’t be changed. This is a benefit for parents who want to make sure the... Read More Today we’re excited to announce an update to the Bing app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. You can get it for free from the App Store on your device or use iTunes to download it . In the months following the November release of the app, we received great feedback from people with suggestions for improvements, many of which have been added to this release. For instance, we’ve made a number of stability fixes and usability tweaks, especially in image search, and design updates have made options and dialog boxes easier to use. And that’s not all! We have some new features to tell you about: Bookmarks and improved web browsing : you can now bookmark maps, directions, web sites, businesses, search terms, even the weather report, and get to the bookmarks right from the Bing home page. Sharing: you can share interesting results with your friends using e-mail. Copy and paste URLs : you told us and we listened! We now support copying and pasting URLs. Parental control on search settings : we helped make search safer by letting you set a SafeSearch level and create a passcode so it can’t be changed. This is a benefit for parents who want to make sure the... Read More
  • March
    17

    Starry starry night

    Do you ever find yourself gazing up at the sky on a night filled will stars and wondering what’s with all the sparkling lights, or where the heck are the Big and Little Dippers, anyways? I know I have a time or two. Luckily for us the Bing Maps team has been busy integrating their work with the Worldwide Telescope (WWT) into Bing Maps so that we can actually make sense of what is happening up there. With the new Bing Maps WWT App you can explore the constellations and other known space objects just like you would navigate through a regular Bing Map. Chris Pendleton from the Bing Maps team goes into the details on this and how to work the application in his blog post New Bing Maps Application: Worldwide Telescope . We hope the next time you are looking up at sky at night you can name what you see. Kristin Meldahl - Bing Do you ever find yourself gazing up at the sky on a night filled will stars and wondering what’s with all the sparkling lights, or where the heck are the Big and Little Dippers, anyways? I know I have a time or two. Luckily for us the Bing Maps team has been busy integrating their work with the Worldwide Telescope (WWT) into Bing Maps so that we can actually make sense of what is happening up there. With the new Bing Maps WWT App you can explore the constellations and other known space objects just like you would navigate through a regular Bing Map. Chris Pendleton from the Bing Maps team goes into the details on this and how to work the application in his blog post New Bing Maps Application: Worldwide Telescope . We hope the next time you are looking up at sky at night you can name what you see. Kristin Meldahl - Bing
  • March
    16

    Same Picture Different Size

    Advances in digital photography technology have catapulted the number of digital images that are available online. Whether through various online photo services or during an everyday search on Bing , the number of digital image results is staggering, and continues to grow at an amazing pace. How you sift through and find the right image and image size could seem daunting. Bing tries to make this easier by enabling you to sort by size, layout, color, or even filter for images that contain faces or entire body. One feature that will make my life much easier is the ability to find other sizes of an image that I like. I cannot tell you how many times I am looking for a different size image for a specific use. And sometimes I want to limit my searching to one file type, like a jpeg. file. You can now do all of this with the “Find more sizes” option using Bing Image search. To see how this works go to Bing and type in Seattle , click on images, then mouse over an image you like and you will see a link that says “Find more sizes”. Click on it You will get a page listing where all of the “same” images appear online (with different format, resolution... Read More Advances in digital photography technology have catapulted the number of digital images that are available online. Whether through various online photo services or during an everyday search on Bing , the number of digital image results is staggering, and continues to grow at an amazing pace. How you sift through and find the right image and image size could seem daunting. Bing tries to make this easier by enabling you to sort by size, layout, color, or even filter for images that contain faces or entire body. One feature that will make my life much easier is the ability to find other sizes of an image that I like. I cannot tell you how many times I am looking for a different size image for a specific use. And sometimes I want to limit my searching to one file type, like a jpeg. file. You can now do all of this with the “Find more sizes” option using Bing Image search. To see how this works go to Bing and type in Seattle , click on images, then mouse over an image you like and you will see a link that says “Find more sizes”. Click on it You will get a page listing where all of the “same” images appear online (with different format, resolution... Read More
  • March
    12

    Stefan is Back Which Means…

    Ok…so I know last week you were all wondering where Stefan was. To be honest he doesn’t remember and I am not in the business of keeping tabs on him anymore, so alas there was no video. However I still had Free T-Shirt Friday and we did have two winners from the week prior and last week! So if you are listed below I will follow you through the @bing twitter account so that all you need to do is Direct Message (DM) us your mailing address and your shirt size and we will get them to you as fast as we can get them from the Bing Shirt Shop (that doesn’t really exist but you know what I mean). · Free T-Shirt Friday Winners – Them “The Academy Awards” @ hectorsm - "Penelope Cruz, my friends :) RT @ bing : "Who will walk away with an Oscar this weekend? http://cot.ag/aykwtX #FTF #Oscars #Academy Awards ^KM" @ brandonm80211 - "RT @ bing : Who will walk away with an Oscar this weekend? http://cot.ag/aykwtX #FTF #Oscars #Academy Awards ^KM - James Cameron for sure" · Free T-Shirt Friday Winners - Theme "Jolly Old England" @udazzle - " @ bing http://bit.ly/9AN0j0 God of cricket #FTF " - his entry is an image search of "Sachin Tendulkar... Read More Ok…so I know last week you were all wondering where Stefan was. To be honest he doesn’t remember and I am not in the business of keeping tabs on him anymore, so alas there was no video. However I still had Free T-Shirt Friday and we did have two winners from the week prior and last week! So if you are listed below I will follow you through the @bing twitter account so that all you need to do is Direct Message (DM) us your mailing address and your shirt size and we will get them to you as fast as we can get them from the Bing Shirt Shop (that doesn’t really exist but you know what I mean). · Free T-Shirt Friday Winners – Them “The Academy Awards” @ hectorsm - "Penelope Cruz, my friends :) RT @ bing : "Who will walk away with an Oscar this weekend? http://cot.ag/aykwtX #FTF #Oscars #Academy Awards ^KM" @ brandonm80211 - "RT @ bing : Who will walk away with an Oscar this weekend? http://cot.ag/aykwtX #FTF #Oscars #Academy Awards ^KM - James Cameron for sure" · Free T-Shirt Friday Winners - Theme "Jolly Old England" @udazzle - " @ bing http://bit.ly/9AN0j0 God of cricket #FTF " - his entry is an image search of "Sachin Tendulkar... Read More
  • March
    11

    Crush on Texas. We has it.

    It’s been a little over 9 months since Bing launched back in June 09. In interweb years, that puts us at about 15, a raging teenager. And do we have a crush on big bad Texas. Dallas, you sure are a darling. But OMG OMG Austin WE LOVE YOU too!!! As such (in our usual calm, collected voice), the Bing team is excitedly packing for Austin to join in the annual tech pilgrimage that’s SXSW Interactive . Our mission is simple – connect with you the community. We want to chat you up all you cool interesting people doing cool interesting things, get the scoop from you on all the bubbling tech hotness, and maybe even drop a Milli Vanilli number with you (you will be Milli) at TechKaraoke . Where it’s at is where we’ll be at. But come to us too! Bing is hosting a number of cool & fun experiences throughout Interactive. Here’s a snapshot of Bing activities. 3/12 Friday 7-9PM: TechSet Party (with Bing Photo for Good) at Speakeasy (412 Congress Avenue) 3/13 Sat 4-7PM: Bing sponsored TWiST party (“This Week in Startup” the internet show hosted by Jason Calacanis of Mahalo ) 3/14 Sun 9:30AM: Bing sponsored session on “ Augmenting... Read More It’s been a little over 9 months since Bing launched back in June 09. In interweb years, that puts us at about 15, a raging teenager. And do we have a crush on big bad Texas. Dallas, you sure are a darling. But OMG OMG Austin WE LOVE YOU too!!! As such (in our usual calm, collected voice), the Bing team is excitedly packing for Austin to join in the annual tech pilgrimage that’s SXSW Interactive . Our mission is simple – connect with you the community. We want to chat you up all you cool interesting people doing cool interesting things, get the scoop from you on all the bubbling tech hotness, and maybe even drop a Milli Vanilli number with you (you will be Milli) at TechKaraoke . Where it’s at is where we’ll be at. But come to us too! Bing is hosting a number of cool & fun experiences throughout Interactive. Here’s a snapshot of Bing activities. 3/12 Friday 7-9PM: TechSet Party (with Bing Photo for Good) at Speakeasy (412 Congress Avenue) 3/13 Sat 4-7PM: Bing sponsored TWiST party (“This Week in Startup” the internet show hosted by Jason Calacanis of Mahalo ) 3/14 Sun 9:30AM: Bing sponsored session on “ Augmenting... Read More
  • March
    08

    Bing’s Earth Day Photo Contest for Students

    On Friday at NCCE Seattle we announced that our next homepage photo contest will kickoff on March 29 and this time there’s a twist. We’re asking students in the United States to submit photos to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and the winning photo will be displayed on the Bing homepage on April 22, Earth Day itself! Justin Kraemer, winner of the Bing Home Sweet Homepage Photo contest In addition to the grand prize winner seeing their photo on Bing.com, we’ve pulled together some great prizes for both students and their schools. Winners across the four age groups (ages 5-10, 11-13, 14-17 and 18+) will win a trip for two to t he Microsoft Campus to take part in a Bing editorial team meeting where we pick images for future homepages. Additionally, each winner will receive equipment from HP and Canon to help build digital photo resources at their school. Prizes for individual winners and their schools across the four age groups will total over $70,000. · 1 st place prizes: Individuals receive an HP Pavilion desktop and monitor and a “Digital Photo Lab” for their school. · 2 nd place prizes: Individuals receive an... Read More On Friday at NCCE Seattle we announced that our next homepage photo contest will kickoff on March 29 and this time there’s a twist. We’re asking students in the United States to submit photos to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and the winning photo will be displayed on the Bing homepage on April 22, Earth Day itself! Justin Kraemer, winner of the Bing Home Sweet Homepage Photo contest In addition to the grand prize winner seeing their photo on Bing.com, we’ve pulled together some great prizes for both students and their schools. Winners across the four age groups (ages 5-10, 11-13, 14-17 and 18+) will win a trip for two to t he Microsoft Campus to take part in a Bing editorial team meeting where we pick images for future homepages. Additionally, each winner will receive equipment from HP and Canon to help build digital photo resources at their school. Prizes for individual winners and their schools across the four age groups will total over $70,000. · 1 st place prizes: Individuals receive an HP Pavilion desktop and monitor and a “Digital Photo Lab” for their school. · 2 nd place prizes: Individuals receive an... Read More
  • March
    05

    Your Academy Award Information Instantly

    On Sunday night, I like many others will be glued to the television for those few hours to watch Hollywood honor the best of the best in the 82 nd Annual Academy Awards show. Some people watch for the awards, some for the fashion, and other watch for the pure entertainment of the presenters, and this year, with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosting we are sure to have a very entertaining show. As we have done in years past we are offering up instant answers in order to make it easier to navigate all the important information you might need to know about the show. Currently, you can get the Academy Award instant answer for the show itself, which includes information on the show, nominees and links to images and past show information. For those of you that miss the festivities, there will be a post-show instant answer with links to images and videos so be sure and check back for a quick look at the winners and other highlights from the show. With ten nominees for best picture, I have a lot of catching up to do before Sunday. So while researching the picks, I found a few places very helpful. The first is www.bing.com/twitter where you can see all of the chatter on twitter that... Read More On Sunday night, I like many others will be glued to the television for those few hours to watch Hollywood honor the best of the best in the 82 nd Annual Academy Awards show. Some people watch for the awards, some for the fashion, and other watch for the pure entertainment of the presenters, and this year, with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosting we are sure to have a very entertaining show. As we have done in years past we are offering up instant answers in order to make it easier to navigate all the important information you might need to know about the show. Currently, you can get the Academy Award instant answer for the show itself, which includes information on the show, nominees and links to images and past show information. For those of you that miss the festivities, there will be a post-show instant answer with links to images and videos so be sure and check back for a quick look at the winners and other highlights from the show. With ten nominees for best picture, I have a lot of catching up to do before Sunday. So while researching the picks, I found a few places very helpful. The first is www.bing.com/twitter where you can see all of the chatter on twitter that... Read More
  • March
    04

    Bing Goes Farming

    O.K. - pop quiz: which social media game boasts an active fan-base of roughly 31 million players every day? Here’s a hint: it’s a happy place where you can plant virtual crops that can be harvested, or ask your neighbor to chase away raccoons. If you guessed Farmville, then you’re correct! Earlier this week, we began an advertising pilot with Zynga, the folks who brought you Farmville. For a short time, we invited some people who were playing Farmville to join Bing’s Facebook community by becoming a fan of Bing. We also encouraged them to tell their friends about it. In exchange, we provided some farm dollars, which is the virtual currency used to buy things to build and maintain a farm. Here is what the ad looked like, once a Farmville user clicked on it: In a 24 hour promotion, we added 400,000 new fans to http://www.facebook.com/bing . We were amazed by the response (and by how fast it went viral). But we always have room for more folks in the Bing community, so stop on by and join the fun. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Zynga on this advertising promotion, as an interesting way of getting more people to experience Bing’s... Read More O.K. - pop quiz: which social media game boasts an active fan-base of roughly 31 million players every day? Here’s a hint: it’s a happy place where you can plant virtual crops that can be harvested, or ask your neighbor to chase away raccoons. If you guessed Farmville, then you’re correct! Earlier this week, we began an advertising pilot with Zynga, the folks who brought you Farmville. For a short time, we invited some people who were playing Farmville to join Bing’s Facebook community by becoming a fan of Bing. We also encouraged them to tell their friends about it. In exchange, we provided some farm dollars, which is the virtual currency used to buy things to build and maintain a farm. Here is what the ad looked like, once a Farmville user clicked on it: In a 24 hour promotion, we added 400,000 new fans to http://www.facebook.com/bing . We were amazed by the response (and by how fast it went viral). But we always have room for more folks in the Bing community, so stop on by and join the fun. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Zynga on this advertising promotion, as an interesting way of getting more people to experience Bing’s... Read More