Poll Time – “Google It” or “Bing It”

After a few weeks with Bing.com being live, I’ve started to find myself gravitating more of my searches towards Bing. I found my own behavior interesting and began to wonder who else is having the same experience or are most people still doing the “Google It” search.

What I found is Google’s Brand is holding strong against the search consumer desire’s to have a visual and different user experience within their search world. This is evident in Eric Schonfeld’s, Tech Crunch article titled “Study Suggests People Prefer Bing’s Design To Google’s, But Still Won’t Switch“.

What is evident, is how a strong brand can withstand the initial entry of a new and serious competitor. The question I’m asking is, “How long can a strong brand retain it’s position of dominance without implementing major changes around the brand?” Especially when the competition has taken an earnest and valid attempt to provide consumers with a different approach to the user experience.

The article from Schonfield shows an interesting eye-tracking heat map study of twelve subjects using Google and Bing. A result from these maps displays how users focus more on the organic search results in Bing, whereas they trend towards the top advertising bar in Google. On both pages, the eye then travels down the page for the most part except, for the left column on Bing does gain some attention by the user. Yes, the study is made up of a very, very small sample size, but I’ve noticed my behavior has tracked the same way on Bing. The question is “Why?”

What will happen is change. Google is not able to sit still for long as others learn and refine their search development as it evolves into the future.

Back to the focus of this article. Let’s survey what you think of Google and Bing. I’ve created the following poll for anyone to participate in and view the results.

If you haven’t used Bing in a true evaluation, here is your chance. Refrain from searching on Google for a week. Yes, as best as you can possible withhold yourself from using Google. Bing It and be cognizant of the search results, where your eye flows on the page, and what you eventually click on. After the week come back to this post and partake in the below poll, and be honest about your choices.

What Are Your Thoughts? Are You Going to “Google It” or “Bing It”?

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Update: TechCrunch releases on 7/1/2009 that Bing.com now carries tweets from Twitter in their search results. Apparently they are not displaying everyone tweets. Only the most important. TechCrunch comments on what the Bing.com people have to say of their new addition,

We’re not indexing all of Twitter at this time… just a small set of prominent and prolific Twitterers to start. We picked a few thousand people to start… follower count and volume of tweets. We think this is an interesting first step toward using Twitter’s public API to surface Tweets in people search. We’d love to hear your feedback as we think through future possibilities in real time search.

Saturday, when my son said his Facebook was crawling about Billy Mays, my finger on the keyboard started towards the letter ‘G’, but at the last minute went to ‘T’. It is surprising how behavior can change in a split second. So, it is only natural the other search players want to keep their piece of pie.

Guitarist from The Venture’s – Bob Bogle – Dies at 75

Sad news for instrumental music lovers of the 1960’s who grew-up listening to The Ventures. Bob Bogle, guitarist, passed away today due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at a hospital in Vancouver. Bob was one of the founding members of the band that had its beginnings in 1958.

The Ventures were such an influence on me and my family during the late 60’s. When I was very young, The Ventures “Let’s GO” was one of the few albums my siblings and I would rock-out to in our basement. The Venture’s instrumental surf music with songs such as “Walk Don’t Run”, “El Watusi”, “Walk Right In”,  and “Hot Pastrami” had us kids jamming with our air guitars for hours. The memory I have still put’s a smile on this east coast kid who loved the surf music that The Ventures and Beach Boys produced.

Keep Rockin’

WordPress 2.8 Is Out. IMPRESSIVE!!

WordPress 2.8 is out and it is very impressive. The WordPress upgrade feature in 2.7 performed flawlessly and this blog was upgraded in minutes. YES, MINUTES!! No more time spent downloading the source, FTP the source up to the server, and then running the update.

Everybody in the world has blogged on every feature of 2.8, so I’m not going to go into details and will link to articles that provide better information. What I will say, WordPress as a content management system for web sites is becoming the most innovative product to streamline publishing content to the Internet.

A few items that are great in this release:

  • Browsing for a new theme within WordPress just like you can with plugins, but on steroids. Upgrading to the new theme is a click away, it is that simple.
  • The administration section now is becoming cleaner in design and usability. This is one area in need of improvement, especially in providing content creators with the access to create posts.
  • Widget and plugin management is so sweet!!! New layout and features to improve an administrator’s life.
  • The syntax highlighting when editing files in WordPress is a developers dream.

The guys at Automattic have out done themselves again. Great Job!!

Links to more information:

WordPress 2.8 Release and New Features

WordPress.TV Video of New Features

Creating Movies From Pictures With Picasa 3

I was bored tonight and decided to look at some photography that I shot back in February. My brother and his wife were visiting us from New Jersey. We decided to spend the day in St. Petersburg at the Dali Museum and go for a walk downtown by the St. Peter Pier. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take pictures inside the Dali, but I was able to get the bench outside of the museum.

I wanted to see how Picasa would perform in creating a movie from still images. I was pleasantly surprised on how easy it was and the quality of the final product. Google did a nice job to make the whole process simple. If you are interested, drop a comment and I will get back to you.

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David Gumpper Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-05-11

  • The community where I live. Great place. http://bit.ly/2MM8J
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  • The Crisis of Credit http://bit.ly/CNjHu. A video simplifying the explanation on how and why this economic mess started. #
  • Booth has a brain tumor!!!! Oh no….. oh well… Hell’s Kitchen final is next. #

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Brand Yourself on Twitter

Getting the word out on this. It is very important to understand how to extend your brand on Twitter.  You are limited on the number of characters available to use for your account name. So, every one is important when you extend the companies brand to Twitter. The link is from Brent Nau’s blog and provides great points on how to Brand Yourself on Twitter | Twitter Tools, Reviews, & News – eINFO.

David Gumpper Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-04-26

  • Getting ready to see Evan and the Lakewood Ranch Marching Band march in the DeSoto Heritage Festival Grand Parade tonight. #
  • Finished with my CSharp.Net class. It was great. I even figured out a bindingsource problem for the prof. A good day. #
  • Off 2 c# class on a sat morning #
  • I have my Twitter Tools working again in my blog. #
  • Up to $8,000 Tax Credit for First Time Homebuyers | Michael Saunders Real Estate Blog – http://tinyurl.com/cs3b3a #
  • Financial Stability Plan for existing home owners. Great Info and very useful — About Making Home Affordable – http://tinyurl.com/crykym #
  • Email is now flowing. I’d rather twitter with Tinker!! #
  • Finished with replacing the UPS’s in the data center. Now to check all the servers and routers. Must make sure email is flowing!! #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-04-19

  • Back to work in 8 minutes!!! #
  • Cha cha coconuts 4 lunch @ the pier in st pete #
  • Dali is awesome. The museum in st pete is great #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-03-22

  • Kevin Youkilis has mild sprain in Team USA Comeback http://bit.ly/GaBKK. GO TEAM USA. Baseball playoff fever in the spring. YES!!! #