August 04, 2012, 7:08 AM — If you want to know more about a new rock band or a new restaurant, you'll probably do a search.
But then you realize a few of your friends might know something about that band or that restaurant and already have an opinion. So why not do a search and question your friends at the same time?
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That's the plan behind Microsoft's most recent update to its Bing search engine.
Microsoft announced Monday that when users do a search, they can tag their Facebook friends by name and get their recommendations on the search.
"Have a friend who's a travel guru and can help you plan a summer vacation?" asked the Bing Team in a blog post. "A foodie who can lend some suggestions for your next backyard barbecue? Or maybe you're searching for great hiking trails and want your friends to tag along."
When a user does a search, she can enter a question or comment in the sidebar and then type the names of up to five Facebook friends, the blog post says. That way she can get search results and information from people she trusts.
"With your permission, the question will post on your Facebook timeline, and your tagged friends will be notified so that they can pitch in and help you find what you're looking for," the blog says. "Remember - you are always in control of what you share through the sidebar."