Search engine news roundup: Bing, Google, Blekko
February 14, 2011
A roundup of search engine news from the past fortnight:
- Blekko, a search engine start-up which differs from Bing and Google in that its results are curated, announced that, in an effort to better curate search results, they are banning information from “content farms” from their index. What’s a content farm? In short, a company that published massive amounts of articles (which are usually not well edited/reviewed) in order to get high search engine rankings. In Blekko’s case, these include ehow.com, chacha.com, experts-exchange.com, allexperts.com, and thefreedictionary.com.
- Google ran a sting operation and caught Bing “stealing” their results (or at least having curiously the same results for a non-existent word “hiybbprqag”)
- We already knew from past studies in 2009 that Bing is better than Google at medical search results, and looks like the general data is starting to trend the same way – a study a few days ago from Experian Hitwise showed Bing has more accuracy than Google.
- Lastly, Google Instant now accepts operators (previously it made you hit “enter” if you tried to use advanced operators)