10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
July 15, 2012 – 6:44 pm | One Comment

Even more sites that try to bank you from linking to them in the terms. Make it stop.

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Google indexes 168,000 pages of Bing’s social search results
July 14, 2010 – 4:00 am | No Comment
Google indexes 168,000 pages of Bing’s social search results

When Bing launched www.bing.com/social (Bing's combined search of Facebook and Twitter updates) back in June, it forgot (I presume) to update its robots.txt file (which had previously, and still does, disallow results from the more limited forerunner - bing.com/twitter). As a result, 154,000 pages of its search results are in Google's index.

Bing xRank – it’s rubbish as it can’t distinguise volcanos from 90s bands
May 19, 2010 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Bing xRank – it’s rubbish as it can’t distinguise volcanos from 90s bands

Bing says xRank is "an insightful ranking formula that tells you who the world is searching for most. The result is a cultural snapshot of who's hot and who's not!"
Er, no. It currently thinks Ash is the hottest band around right now because people are searching for volcanos.

Meta keywords tag: Bing says carry on but Google says it’s a waste of time – but
September 21, 2009 – 6:51 pm | 3 Comments

I've been trying to get people I work with to stop filling out meta keywords fields for ages, with varying degrees of success.

Google has come out and said this: "Does Google ever use the "keywords" meta tag in its web search ranking? In a word, no."

6 ways Bing USA insults the British (and 1 the French)
June 10, 2009 – 10:48 pm | 5 Comments
6 ways Bing USA insults the British (and 1 the French)

If you use Bing USA, you don't just get more features - you get to see how Microsoft paints Britain to the Americans. It's not a pretty sight as these screenshots show (they also show that nearly all UK-related terms searched for in Bing USA return wikipedia first or second) .

14 ways Bing UK will get better when it catches up with Bing USA
June 8, 2009 – 6:43 pm | 2 Comments
14 ways Bing UK will get better when it catches up with Bing USA

A rundown of the differences between the UK and USA versions of Bing (presumably we'll be getting the missing stuff soon).

BUSTED: bing defender is Microsoft employee – and have they deleted my post on bing’s usability from bing?
June 6, 2009 – 7:43 am | 6 Comments
BUSTED: bing defender is Microsoft employee – and have they deleted my post on bing’s usability from bing?

Microsoft seem to have reacted badly to my post on the usability of bing - someone left a comment defending it without revealing they were a Microsoft employee (which is illegal in the UK). And they've either manually deleted the post from the bing search results or it's taken them more than 4 days to index it ...!

12 ways bing is an absolute usability disaster
June 2, 2009 – 9:59 pm | 14 Comments
12 ways bing is an absolute usability disaster

bing is a usability disaster - confusing links allied to unusable functionality. And is it called bing or Bing - make your mind up Microsoft.