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  • http://ronaldredito.org/blog ronaldredito

    I guess Bing still cannot beat Google. I noticed that when you type names on Facebook’s search field, you get redirected to Bing’s search results.

    However, the like functionality in Facebook is not the same as searching using search engine. Still, when people needs something, they will Google it first.

  • Kieron Rowe

    It’s incredible just how quickly social media has become a core element of our day-to-day lives. I think the reason most of us still use Google is that it’s a cultural icon. Facebook on the other hand is a cultural revolution.

  • http://blog.esimplestudios.com Gabriele Maidecchi

    I find it always kinda creepy to imagine friend’s faces laying around recommending me stuff, probably I am just not psychologically ready for this level of loss of privacy (not like I am a privacy freak, I really am not, but I guess I still have some boundaries).
    However I am not blind, I see the business value of this partnership and I agree that the potential is pretty much gamechanging.
    Google is missing out, yes, but I doubt they’ll stay behind and watch the “enemy” plot behind their back. I am pretty sure they have something big planned, they never sat waiting for too long.

  • http://twitter.com/LeoWid Leon Widrich

    What a great post Jeff. I was EXACTLY thinking this. I thought, Bing was crap, and its results actually still are. Neither do I believe that Likes will change anything for the value of the their results. However, it is the simple presence and exposure Bing gains via Facebook, which puts them into people’s heads day in day out. That’s marketing at it’s best and an incredible advantage to Bing. Again, awesome post, Jeff! :)

  • Anonymous

    I’m a big Google supporter. I’m looking to Google to help prevent Facebook from continuing to dictate to me what I want. But this is a smart move, and I think it’ll make a difference for Bing in the long run. And even though i heart google, I stopped using it on my iPhone. I like Bing better in that space. Google was too slow, and most of my mobile search requests are common knowledge stuff I want to verify. Bing doesn’t suffer there. For research, I still like Google better.

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  • http://twitter.com/AddLikeFollow N.M.Yap

    I agree with (and like) the article perspective much, esp. the part about Google not having access the Like data and losing turf to Facebook on time spent. In this aspect Google has turned from innovator to follower (“they” always do, its like a law of growth). The recent launch of Google’s +1 is supposed to challenge Like. So far it has been quite a successful first few days, appearing in lots of sites and growing. It would be interesting to see how that goes. It’s no wonder Facebook is aligning with Microsoft Bing, makes sense! Offtopic: have you guys noticed how “Follow” (following Twitter’s Follow) is everywhere in Google empire (youtube, picasa, reader etc)

  • http://www.iuri.com.ar Iuri Izrastzoff

    Google+ seems to aim to that threat and I think there are several reasons to believe that this try will work. They have already included de 1+ in google results, so the google “like” will be an importan part of the game of recommendation. I think google has done what was needed to “face” facebook.

  • http://twitter.com/zaidrasid Zaid Rasid

    Wow Jeff, another great post.  I think you’re definitely onto something here.  I see a resurgence of Microsoft, probably first in the mobile industry and then next in search.  And once Google+ is eroded and Facebook remains dominant we’re going to see Bing gain some ground.  And the social aspect is going to play a large part. Nice!

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  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks Irvin for that awesome contribution to the conversation on this post. I think Google+ will be a force and it already is.
    Its challenge at the moment is its engagement levels, as it sits at about 3 minutes per month on average compared to Facebook’s 400 minutes per month.
    So it is still watch this space!

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks Irvin for that awesome contribution to the conversation on this post. I think Google+ will be a force and it already is.
    Its challenge at the moment is its engagement levels, as it sits at about 3 minutes per month on average compared to Facebook’s 400 minutes per month.
    So it is still watch this space!

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