Is Bing Losing Its Wow Factor?

bingBing, the shiny, new search engine that Microsoft (s msft) launched this summer, may be starting to lose its luster. Its U.S. search market share dropped to 8.5 percent in September from 9.6 percent the prior month, according to analytics firm StatCounter. The decline isn’t limited to the U.S., either. The search engine’s global market share dipped slightly to 3.3 percent in September from 3.6 percent the month before. This likely isn’t sitting well with the folks up in Redmond, since Bing was created to lure users away from rivals Google (s goog) and Yahoo (s yhoo). Read More about Is Bing Losing Its Wow Factor?

A New Search Engine for Finding Similar Web Sites

Similar-site.com is a new search engine that lets you find web sites akin to one you’re interested in by pulling up a list of sites with matching web tags. For example, if you input gigaom.com into the search box on similar-site.com, it will bring up a list of blogs including TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb and the O’Reilly Radar, all of which share the tags “blog,” “technology” and “Web 2.0.” You can also specify tags that you want the search engine to look for, as well as delete any that you feel may be unrelated. The UI, which mimicks Google’s (s goog) plain home page, is simple and intuitive. Read More about A New Search Engine for Finding Similar Web Sites

Springo: A Site Discovery Search Tool

AltSearchEngines has a post up on an interesting search engine concept currently in beta: Springo. The site’s tagline is “shortcutting the Web,” and it specializes in providing categorized results as well as thumbnails of sites related to your search terms, where the thumbnails can keep you from having to click through to various sites until you arrive at what you’re looking for. I wouldn’t use Springo for common search tasks I do every day, such as sifting through news headlines and announcements, but as a way to preview relevant sites in various site categories, it is useful.

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Bing: How Useful Is Microsoft’s New Search Offering?

Picture 14Windows Live Search (s msft) didn’t go over too well with the online masses. Few, if any, moved from search industry leader (that’s an understatement) Google (s goog). I remember the worst part about doing a fresh Windows install was changing IE’s defaults from Microsoft’s Live services, and replacing Live Search with Google as the default search engine was first priority. So how does new search offering Bing stack up, especially from a web working point of view? You may have already formed your own opinion, but here’s my take.

Basic Search

Before looking at some of its more advanced features, let’s compare it in terms of a straight-up, simple keyword search on a subject close to my heart. Finding information on Apple (s aapl) is a part of my job, and I run Apple-related searches on an hourly basis, if not even more frequently, over the course of the day. Read More about Bing: How Useful Is Microsoft’s New Search Offering?

Yahoo Bets Big on Free Game Downloads

With so much venture funding going into web-based, ad-driven casual games (both the companies that create them and those that monetize them), you’d think the gaming industry as a whole was moving in that direction. I certainly did, at least until today. But Yahoo Games just told me that starting this week, they’re going to host free, downloadable casual games embedded with video ads. (Think games that play more like TV shows, with commercials in between breaks.) Fifty of them are available now; by end of the year, according to division head Kyle Laughlin, they plan to have 400 of these ad-wrapped games online.

This is no small play, and has the potential to reshape the game industry. Just look at the numbers:
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