Bing receives 2 billion data points from Facebook each day

Microsoft's Bing engine launched a few years ago with hopes of competing against Google in the search marketplace. While the endeavor has slowly been gaining support the general consumer, there is still plenty of work to be done.

To help separate Bing from the other gorilla in the room, Google, the engine has been including social data from Facebook and Klout to help delver a rich experience. With the ability to pull content from multiple social sources, Microsoft is working towards getting you the information you are looking for, faster.

Neowin recently spoke with Stefan Weitz, the Director of Bing Search, who stated that Microsoft receives 2 billion updates a day from Facebook. As you can imagine, not all of these 2 billion datapoints are worthwhile to pair with search queries, so the team has to correctly identify the useful bits of information out of this massive data pull. Importantly, this information is opt in content, Microsoft is not scraping the data and this is all information that has been volunteered by the end user.

For Bing, the Facebook data plays an important role about how Microsoft sees search evolving and to also make the platform offer more than the standard definition of search; more on this in an upcoming post. As Microsoft works to refine this data to help improve the quality of your searches, know that the team is always testing new theories about how to best align this content with traditional searches to provide the user the best experience, possible. 

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Thank you OP for making me look up delver. Now added to my lexicon.

I use Bing for the free gift cards. It has never let me down. Some people must be looking for some weird stuff if they complain about the results.

I think most complaints are from countries other than the US/UK where Bing might not be as well developed. I have no problems with Bing's results in the UK and generally find them to be more accurate than Google's. The pictures are great too.

I try to like Microsoft, but it's almost impossible.
Bing is so inferior to Google that you use it because you want to use a Microsoft product.
I really liked SkyDrive and then I tried to share a link with a company, but SkyDrive asks for a user login? That's ridiculous. This completely messes up the primary objective of a public cloud storage.

I think you just do it wrong. You can share the public links to people who do not have Microsoft account.

I just shared a file, so try this http://sdrv.ms/10a4OQN
You can view it w/o login the skydrive account.

Luis Mazza said,
I try to like Microsoft, but it's almost impossible.
Bing is so inferior to Google that you use it because you want to use a Microsoft product.
I really liked SkyDrive and then I tried to share a link with a company, but SkyDrive asks for a user login? That's ridiculous. This completely messes up the primary objective of a public cloud storage.

Luis Mazza said,
I try to like Microsoft, but it's almost impossible.
Bing is so inferior to Google that you use it because you want to use a Microsoft product.
I really liked SkyDrive and then I tried to share a link with a company, but SkyDrive asks for a user login? That's ridiculous. This completely messes up the primary objective of a public cloud storage.


Hm...

I didn't realize SkyDrive required a login to access a shared file. I was pretty sure I've shared content with people that weren't on SkyDrive...

Luis Mazza said,
I try to like Microsoft, but it's almost impossible.
Bing is so inferior to Google that you use it because you want to use a Microsoft product.
I really liked SkyDrive and then I tried to share a link with a company, but SkyDrive asks for a user login? That's ridiculous. This completely messes up the primary objective of a public cloud storage.

SkyDrive does give you the option when sharing a file to have the user not have to login but the folder that your sharing from has to have public privileges just like any shared folder on Windows.

Seriously, maybe you need to read skydrive how to before bashing it.

Here is one of the public skydrive link to the video. It is over 240MB. Also, if it is slow, then check your connection first. It works perfect for me here at work connection.

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid...p;id=73BCC2E5DDCA514D%21140


Luis Mazza said,

It asks for login on sharing large files. SkyDrive calls "large file" a 124MB MP4 video.
Also, the thing is slow as hell.

No, you check your s*** before posting... Try to download the file from a browser with no automatic login and it'll ask for a login.
Also, my connection is just perfect and works pretty nice with Dropbox and Google Drive.
So you should check if this is Wonderland before being a fanboy.

There's an option to allow people to access links without having to login. I've shared plenty of large photo albums on skydrive with friends and family and none of them have had to login even to download 1gb worth of photos. Plus I don't think skydrive was primarily designed to be a "public" cloud storage, if you want those you're looking at things like rapidshare, mega etc.

And I don't have the fastest internet (15mbps) and skydrive is pretty fast for me.

Yes, it only works great with fanboys, as usual.
BTW: photo albums are a series of smaller files.

-Razorfold said,

There's an option to allow people to access links without having to login. I've shared plenty of large photo albums on skydrive with friends and family and none of them have had to login even to download 1gb worth of photos.

And I don't have the fastest internet (15mbps) and skydrive is pretty fast for me.

Lolz so pointing out your mistake means I'm a fanboy?
I give up on you. It works for everyone in my office.

Luis Mazza said,
No, you check your s*** before posting... Try to download the file from a browser with no automatic login and it'll ask for a login.
Also, my connection is just perfect and works pretty nice with Dropbox and Google Drive.
So you should check if this is Wonderland before being a fanboy.

Ignorance = no bounds.

Ah of course. Even though 4 different people have pointed out you're incorrect, and I even provided proof of the speed. This is on a connection that generally maxes out at about 1.8-1.9MB/s, so I think 1MB/s is pretty good. Especially for a totally free service.

Pot calling kettle black?

-Razorfold said,

Hm I guess I'm wrong then. Not everyone I know has a microsoft account, or uses any microsoft services for that matter, and none of them have told me that they've been unable to access my files.

Guess they can just view it fine without logging in.

Yes, they can view, but not download the file if they're not logged in.

Sonne said,

I am asked to log in to download it, he is right and you are wrong

Interesting. I can view the video without having to log in. I wonder what the difference is?

jakem1 said,

You really need to calm down.

People get in the middle of the thread, don't read the full tree of comments, don't even try to understand what is being stated, tell you that they're right and you're wrong when they completely miss the point almost like putting fingers on my face. Now multiply by 3. I need to calm down? Yes, you're right. Just don't say it's going to be easy.

Maybe you got flagged you for sharing copyright material. I can share big files over 706mb with no problem. I even tested it out in virtual-box on a browser which I never used to sign into my Microsoft account. I can access my files without logging in.

Congratulations. But no...

wingliston said,
Maybe you got flagged you for sharing copyright material. I can share big files over 706mb with no problem. I even tested it out in virtual-box on a browser which I never used to sign into my Microsoft account. I can access my files without logging in.

Luis Mazza said,
Yes, they can view, but not download the file if they're not logged in.

That's interesting; I would guess it's like a bandwidth control issue? idk, that's the best guess I've got...
you're right on that point, but the original comment you posted that people were responding to in the beginning was incorrect.

I really liked SkyDrive and then I tried to share a link with a company, but SkyDrive asks for a user login?

a link was shared with you to allow you to view the video, and if it was a smaller file you could download it. You didn't need to sign in to view the video, and if it were an Office doc they could even edit it without signing in.

I don't even use "bing it" or "google it". I tell people to search for it. It is up to them to use either bing or google.

Milan - said,
yeah but i'll still never tell anyone to "bing it" as opposed to "google it"

Milan - said,
yeah but i'll still never tell anyone to "bing it" as opposed to "google it"

The Xbox forces you to use "Bing" as a verb when searching. So ha Mr. Cool Guy who says Google it or Xerox it or whatever.

Avi Patel said,
i just tell people to 'look it up online,' even though I primarily use bing.

Same here.

And while I primarily use Bing as well, there are strengths in both engines... Tech stuff ironically appears to get better results on Google I've found.

Same as the others. I either say "Look it up" or "Search it". Look it up is more synonymous with online searching than dictionaries and encyclopedias.