While there are many who feel that Microsoft should sell off its Bing business, the company seems to be proud of the progress that has been made with its search service, both in terms of the amount of new user activity as well as adding additional content and features. This week. Microsoft highlighted some of Bing's growth in 2013 in both a new blog post and an infographic, shown below.
The blog post has one interesting statistic at the very bottom. Microsoft says, "Bing was the only major search engine to have more monthly searches now than it did in January." There's no specific numbers mentioned, but it's an interesting claim to make and we will be contacting Microsoft to find out more about this tidbit of info.
The infographic also claims that the amount of search activity on Bing Video has doubled compared to a year ago. Once again, specific numbers were not revealed. Microsoft added some new features for people who search for Internet videos via Bing in September, including larger and higher resolution previews of video clips.
In terms of content, Microsoft says that it now indexes 500 million tweets from Twitter and over 2 billion Facebook status updates every day. It adds, "That means, that in one week, we ingest more data into Bing than the number of webpages that existed in 2005." Microsoft quietly renewed its search partnership with Twitter a few weeks ago.
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