Bing showing up when people log out of Facebook

There are some people who stay logged into their Facebook account and never log off but there are some folks, for a number of reasons, who do decide to sign out of Facebook after using it. Now it looks like when some of them do exactly that, they will be greeted with what is basically a big ad for Bing.

TechCrunch reports that Facebook started this new feature earlier this week. Some people who log out will see a recreation of the Bing.com home page with a working search bar. Microsoft is an investor in Facebook and its Bing search engine is used by Facebook.

This new logout ad space is a new way for Facebook to get some new revenue. The company points out that 37 million people in the US sign out of Facebook every day with a whopping 105 million doing the same every month, which means lots of people check out the logoff page. Other companies will be able to purchase ad space on Facebook's logoff page.

Obviously, this first use of the Facebook logoff page by Bing is designed to bring in new users for Microsoft's search service as a lot of people will be checking it out, and perhaps using it, instead of Bing's biggest rival Google.

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I've always found annoying that when signing out of Hotmail you got redirected to msn.com
If I sign out of something it's either to sign in with another account or close the tab, so the most sensible thing to do is just leave you back in the login page.

And now this. Well, I guess it's an effective way to give your product some exposure, but it's also a quite annoying method. Being redirected to some site you didn't intend going doesn't really do much to make you appreciate that site, quite the opposite actually. Feels like being spammed.

Do you know what is the problem with Microsoft, they try to compete with everybody for example. Microsoft try to compete with Google,Apple,Samsung,Android and other vendor on Phone..
and on Search, Google... . with Adobe on Flash.
with browser Firefox,Apple,Google,Opera and other.
now in Operate System Google,Apple,Android,Ubuntu is like they want to take over everything.

It's obvious Facebook is a fan of Microsoft since day one. Microsoft's early investment in the company, refusing to get acquired by Google. The relationship of the two companies is more than just professional. Facebook Messenger for Windows 7 and now this. And with Google+ competing with FB, it's clear they are "allied" to Microsoft in the corporate wars.

Guess I'm the only one who doesn't like Bing. I can search for something on Bing and waste my time trying to find it, or I can go to Google and it'll be in the top 3.

Enron said,
What were you searching for?

I don't specifically remember, but all I remember is I get frustrated that it's not at least on the first page like Google's results.

astralbaby said,
maybe once a day.. I dont have that fast of a matabolism.. ( IE = no spell check )

Just one word: Speckie

Anyway, I already use Bing exclusively, so this isn't really that important to me. Though it is good advertising for everyone who can afford it, not just MS.

astralbaby said,
maybe once a day.. I dont have that fast of a matabolism.. ( IE = no spell check )

Actually, IE10 has a very nice spell check and auto corrector

hahahhaa.. this was the first place i came to when I logged off and saw BIIIIIIIIIIIINg

I knew it would be news,, Zuckerberg in bed with MS.. is that really a surprise!! "

good move though.. I am all about Bing gaining share... google already knows what time and place I take a **** twice a day...

haha bing needs a UI update badly. its so stale right now! to be a viable competing modern web platform they really need to be more active with the updates

#1) I never logout of Facebook, I just close the tab or navigate to a different site.
#2) I rarely use Facebook.com
#3) I use mostly Facebook for Android

I wonder how many active users out there mostly just use the Facebook app on their Android or iOS device?

UndergroundWire said,
#1) I never logout of Facebook, I just close the tab or navigate to a different site.
#2) I rarely use Facebook.com
#3) I use mostly Facebook for Android

It looks like the future is heading that way. I can't imagine many people logging into Facebook on their PC's through a web browser in ten years time.
UndergroundWire said,

I wonder how many active users out there mostly just use the Facebook app on their Android or iOS device?

I'd like to see that figure too.

if anyone logout of facebook they will close the tab... i thinks its kinda stupid but i can see MS is desperate... good ad i would say.

True, but between loging out and closing the tab, there's that second where they can still see what's in the tab. Honestly, 1 second of guranteed eyeball-time of your ideal demographic is way better than some 30 second TV commerial that you may or may not skip... nevermind how do you target your demographic if they don't even watch TV anymore.

This is fantastic advertising.

still1 said,
if anyone logout of facebook they will close the tab... i thinks its kinda stupid but i can see MS is desperate... good ad i would say.

Itotally agree with you MS is desperate big time. .. i dont care anyway GOOGLE IS THE BEST !!!

I've always used being It tends to refresh it's cache more often and I usually see a new result quite a bit more often than google which likes to stick all the popular stuff on top, forcing you to dig your way through the pages.