Jamie Thomson

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Bing and Ping

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The Bing team are thinking about introducing a new feature called “Bing and Ping” which would allow you to share search results on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s the blurb:

We at the Bing team are firm believers in the idea that the only thing better than searching with Bing is sharing what you’ve found with your friends.  That’s why we’ve been working on a potential new feature for Bing that does just that in a couple of clicks, which we call Bing & Ping.

Let’s break this down with an example: say you use Bing’s Instant Answers feature to check the score of the game, and you notice that your buddy’s favorite team has just been beaten pretty handily.  Say you want to “delicately” remind him of their less-than-stellar moves with the ball. Bing & Ping lets you share this NFL instant answer through various places, like Facebook, Twitter, or even email in as few as two clicks.  Reminding someone that their team has no defense has never been easier (in spite of the screenshot below, we of course aren’t talking about our beloved Seahawks). 

It’s not just limited to sports, either.  Share a neighborhood plumber recommendation with a friend though email, tweet local movie times, or post a flight status with your Facebook pals while you’re trying to bum a ride from the airport.

If you’re interested in previewing this feature, be sure to become a fan of our Facebook page. We’ll be sending a special invitation to our fans to preview Bing and Ping. Check it out and let us know what you think, if you like it and how we can make it better

Sounds like a nice feature but my first reaction to this was… ”What about Windows Live?” and judging by the ensuing comments on their blog post I’m not the only one. Why shouldn’t we have the ability to add to our shared favourites or even send an IM to one of our friends (assuming we were logged in to Messenger)? If you agree that that would be a nice feature then head over to the blog post and add your weight to the debate.



Written by Jamiet

September 3, 2009 at 3:40 pm

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  1. I’ve been on there (and also Facebook Bing) to say the same thing Jamie! What is that matter with them? They should look to their own social website and community first, never mind Facebook and twitter!


    September 3, 2009 at 7:24 pm

  2. All search engines are desperately lacking in creative new features. This looks like a good one, although Windows Live Spaces definitely needs to be there.


    September 3, 2009 at 7:55 pm

  3. Jamie I think during windows live wave 4 launch, we definitely see tight integration of Bing and Windows Live. So for now siting finger cross.!


    September 4, 2009 at 11:33 am

  4. Joseph,Your ability to post comments that have got sod all to do with the blog you’re replying to never ceases to amaze me.


    September 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm

  5. Of greatest importance to Microsoft is Bing, it is the one online place where they have the potential to make lotsa money. All their online assets (MSN & Windows Live) serve to draw us to Bing. Why Facebook and Twitter before Windows Live-The presence of Bing related sharing tools on other social platforms will hopefully draw more users to Bing. Potentially viral-FB and Twitter combine to a much larger audience compared Windows Live. -Everyone on Windows Live already knows about Bing. This assertion does not necessarilly hold when applied to FB and Twitter.


    September 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm

  6. lebohang,good point – but we’re not asking for WL support instead of FB &Twitter, we want it as well as.


    September 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm

  7. Good post, Jamie. In theory, if I’m a Windows Live user, then I can wire up FB and/or Twitter via web activities, so my WL network is covered when I share searches to either of those services. I do agree that simple social sharing tools are keys to Bing’s success, and in addition to FB and Twitter, they really should consider adding a Windows Live option, even if it’s just to tow the party line. My follow up question/observation is this: assuming they could add a share button for Windows Live, how would it work? As you know, sharing stuff via Windows Live has changed considerably over the years. It used to mean slapping something on your Space for visitors to see, then for a while it meant adding the item to My MSN or My Live. Nowadays it would seem the most logical action would be to make a Shared Favorite and post it to SkyDrive. Can that be done programmatically without a public SkyDrive API?


    September 4, 2009 at 4:10 pm

  8. yes it can be done because there are links out on the internet to do just that. you can do a lot with a URL :)


    September 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm

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