April 12, 2011, 12:24 PM — This sounds like it comes straight from the classic Microsoft FUD playbook.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Bing Director Stefan Weitz accuses search market leader Google of teaching users very bad habits:
"A lot of us have grown up with Google over the last decade and that’s problematic when you want to advance the state of the art. People today speak in pidgin English when they speak to a search engine … What people are not doing is challenging all engines to do more.”
Translation: Google has transformed users into feeble-minded, inarticulate information seekers whose pathetically diminished expectations cause them to accept whatever pointless, irrelevant drivel the search engines vomit up to their computer screens. All of which is holding back the stunning advancements in search being developed at Bing.
Weitz, however, acknowledges to HuffPost that "entering the 'same type of query' on Google and Bing will produce results that 'look somewhat similar.'" (No kidding, Google might say to that!)
But that's only to the untrained eye, or anyone conducting a search. The reality, says Weitz, is that Bing has a not-so-secret weapon (which any reader could quickly figure out with an online search had their faculties not been dulled by Google). From HuffPost:
According to Weitz, Bing’s advantage comes down to its integration with Facebook and its features that aim to more efficiently highlight relevant information, such as showtimes and ticket prices.
"We're the only engine with access to all that great Facebook data so we can bring your friends with you when you search,” Weitz said. “We have built some of the most beautiful experiences for certain queries, things like events, travel, shopping, that are quite unique to us.”
Asked by HuffPost to offer specific examples that show Bing's superiority to Google in a head-to-head search-off, Weitz suggested several search terms (“shoes,” “Wicked NYC” and “Gennaro’s Boston”) that did nothing of the kind.
Or maybe they did, but my Google-otomy prevents me from truly appreciating Bing's awesomeness. I can't tell.