Here’s a thing I didn’t expect to see today. A Bing search just outperformed a Google search in relevance. I was looking for a relatively obscure book to reference for an essay I’m writing, and behold!
I’ve been reading anecdotes about deteriorating Google search quality, and I now I have one of my very own to share.
Update: I wondered what would happen if I tried the same search using DuckDuckGo and the results are actually better than Google, too.
None of this proves that these engines are better than Google as a daily driver, of course, but they certainly beat the behemoth in this edge case. With Apple rumored to be working on an alternative search service, too, competition may finally be coming to Mountain View.
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I ditched Google for Bing about six years ago and haven’t looked back. It’s also worth mentioning that Microsoft Bing provide the search results for DuckDuckGo (and Yahoo!), Which will explain why your search on DDG also beat Google.
Thank you, Carl! I realized not long after writing this that Bing provides the results for DDG but didn’t think it would be worthwhile to come back and edit or add a note. I appreciate the clarification, though!
I think in many areas Google is still superior—with Maps, for example—but I’m generally happier with baseline query results in Bing.