Greater Than Google: The Best Bits Of Bing

Aaron Couch 20-12-2012

good things about bingWhen we think of searching the Internet, we without a doubt think “Google”. And why not? It’s a fantastic search engine and has some great features. But even before the idea of writing this article, I started Bing again and I was quite surprised. Then, the more I used it, the more fascinating things I discovered on it.


This isn’t an “anti-Google” article, as in my opinion, Google still does have a place. And I use it for many things. But for searching, perhaps you should try Bing and see how you like it. You just might change your mind, especially after reading about these awesome bits.

Bing Twitter Maps [No Longer Available]

Of course you know that Bing has a maps function – that’s nothing new. But what you might not know is that you can see public tweets and the sender’s location. There’s no invasion of privacy here. This works by accessing what is already public with geo-location enabled by the user (on Twitter). Once those two things are done, the tweets will show up on the map. It may take a while at times, but hang tight and you’ll see yours too.

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Bing Twitter Maps is a project of the Microsoft FuseLabs.

Bing Travel: Flights And Hotels

With the holidays approaching fast, the travel page will be your best friend. It is kind of like having an assistant. Simply enter your travel information (i.e. to and from departure dates and locations, number of adults, and desired class)


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You’ll then be shown ticket prices from several different airlines.

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You can compare prices with hotels. What’s great is you have a map right next to the price. Wouldn’t it be nice to not only know where your options are, along with comparing them to each other? Now you can.


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Bing Events

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If you’ve ever lived (or do live) in a small town, you are likely to have a local newspaper. And in it is probably an events section. Picture Bing Events like that, but something which is much more customizable, larger, you don’t have to worry about it getting ripped, lost, or your dog eating it. Just type in the city. You can scroll through all of the events, or filter them down based on day, category, distance, and other specifics. The events are quite detailed and often display a brief description, pricing and (obviously) location and time.

Friends’ Photos

If you connect your Facebook account to Bing (which I recommend and will expand on that later), you can view your friends’ and pages’ photos. You can also view your own photos quite easily. It’s like a visual news stream of just images! Below I’ve displayed only photos from pages I follow, keeping in mind my friends’ privacy.


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In addition to being able to view the photos, you can like, comment and share the photos right from Bing.

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Interface And Integration

Some might not consider this a secret or tip, but Bing has an awesome interface and with that interface, comes awesome integration of videos, images, maps, and more.



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Several specifications are available for finding the right image. The image collection itself is clean and easy to scroll through. An added bonus are the search-specific suggestions below the search and more suggestions on the side for other topics that you might be interested in. Does this beat Google Images? In my opinion, you bet it does.


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We already mentioned about Twitter integration in maps, but I feel the normal maps function in Bing is impressive as well. Just look at how easy it is to find exactly what you’re looking for!


Greater Than Google: The Best Bits Of Bing Bing Video1

I love this about Bing – being able to watch a video directly in Bing. I don’t need to click away from my search and worry about losing it (although you can just hold down the Control/Command key when clicking the link to avoid that from happening). Along with embedded videos in the search, there are also suggestions alongside.

There is another article on MakeUseOf which expanded upon it in using Bing to listen to music Listen To Free Music & Get Entertainment News At Bing Music Streaming media has become big business in the past few years, with YouTube, Hulu and BBC iPlayer all great examples of how the web has changed the way we enjoy music, TV and film. Many... Read More .


Speaking of music, Bing has integrated several forms of entertainment into the website as well, each with it’s specific features. For example, the Movies tab displays popular movies and their show times and ticket prices. The Music tab seems pretty basic, until you open up an artist and then you can view their songs, albums, and lyrics.

Greater Than Google: The Best Bits Of Bing Bing Entertainment Music1

Custom News In Facebook

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There’s Bing News… and then there’s My Bing News, which is a Facebook app that ties Bing News to Facebook. The app allows you to customize what topics you get news about and also can display what you’ve recently read (Note: if you don’t want your Friends to see content that an app posts to your Timeline, make sure you select that so only you can view it).

Greater Than Google: The Best Bits Of Bing My Bing News App Permissions1

Bing Search Tips

What’s there to know about searching for things on Bing? Well a lot actually! Below are a couple things that you might not know about Bing Search.

Social search: get expert advice recommendations

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When you connect Facebook to Bing, and search for something, related posts and photos from your friends will be displayed along side your search results from Bing. In addition, Bing searches Twitter, Quora and other social networks for people who are “knowledgeable” or talk a lot about the topic you are searching for.

Search and get points that you can redeem for rewards

Greater Than Google: The Best Bits Of Bing Bing Rewards1

When you search with Bing (obviously), you earn credits towards a great selection of rewards. It’s as simple as that. Some examples you ask? How about Starbucks, Microsoft products, Amazon, Hulu Plus, Groupon and more. I wish I had started this a long time ago, and I am sure by now I would have some credits built up. But they accumulate fast, don’t worry.

Learn more about the rewards program or check out what you can redeem with the credits.

Note: You must be signed in with a Microsoft account, otherwise the points you accumulate aren’t worth anything.

Other Useful Tools

Greater Than Google: The Best Bits Of Bing Bing Translate1

Some other great tools to take advantage of on Bing are the Calculator, Translator, Dictionary and Local search.

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Sure Google has these too, but it’s important to know about them if you’re already going to be using Bing. Bing is still growing too and will likely be adding new features.

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Still not convinced on Bing? Try the latest Google vs. Bing test, Bing It On [Broken URL Removed], and see how Google stacks up. Does it win? Or does Bing? Either way, it couldn’t hurt to try Bing out – you just might like it!

Do you use Bing? If so – why and, which is your favorite feature about it?

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  1. Anonymous
    August 3, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    When searching for entertainment or entertainers the Bing search engine is good, maybe better than Google.

    When searching for things such as tools or parts for a project Bing has shown itself to be worse than useless.
    Quite often Bing will replace your search with what they want to search for, search for something and Bing replaces the search terms with search terms for some completely different and totally unrelated thing that starts with the same letters.

  2. Caroline West
    December 29, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Having tried Bing, it is quite impressive. But, I just can't bring myself to move away from Google! Just to mention, I recently found a safer version of Google which is run by them but the search engine keeps your IP address private. However, it lacks some cool features such as preview. Going back to Bing, it has a nicer look than G and when I used it - I liked it.

    Personally I want a choice between SE's and I believe that 'Search O' ext can offer that instead of Chromes single default - unless I'm missing a way to have choice options.

  3. Rachael Taylor
    December 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I agree with your breakdown of the best features. Especially noteworthy is the layout, like you noted...

  4. Scott Macmillan
    December 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I'll give it another try and compare it to Google.

  5. Robert Backlund
    December 28, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I personally do not care who wins, Google or Bing. I do not nor will I ever use Bing, the reason is purely personal, I hate Microsuck!!!! and especially their new abortion that they call an OS. Bing is a Microsuck product and so I will never use it regardless of how good it may or may not be. This is purely my opinion and you probably will not agree with me but hey I don't care.

  6. Adam Campbell
    December 28, 2012 at 12:38 am

    You convinced me. I have been thinking about switching to bing after reading the article about how google handles chid porn here on MUO but didn't get around to it. I like it so far...

  7. Antikapitalista
    December 27, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Oh, so Microsoft is now so desperate that it must actually bribe users (and editors?) to use it...! LOL, how pathetic!

    Bing is crap. Period. It still nowhere near Google Search in breadth and depth, even though countless n00bs out there will try to tell you otherwise and extol its fringe features. But Bing lacks the substance!

    Do not take my word for it, just try it yourself, try searching for something obscure, something rare. Most often, Bing will not even have a clue, whereas Google will find and point you at the desired page... or at least let you retrieve it from its cache (where Bing fails even more). And that is what matters!

    I do not care if Bing displays useless crap like tweets on its maps, I do not care if it is tied to Facebook... Sorry, I do not choose a general search engine based on how it tabulates flights.

    In fact, the only way Bing could ever surpass Google Search is through Google sabotaging its own search engine.
    And while Google has made some quite aggressive steps in this direction, by messing up with its algorithms under pressure from Big Content, so that the most relevant results are no longer at the top, but the ranking is often upside down... still, it has not rotten so much as to stoop to Bing.

    Bing is good for entertainment, granted -- that is obvious even in your promotion -- but Google is for real work, not for play!

    But Bing as a "search engine" is a ridiculous joke! Bing is more of a massive marketing aggregation tool rather than a general Internet search engine.
    If you keep this in mind, there will be no more confusions like most of the readers' comments...

  8. denden_08
    December 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    So far, Bing has 3 wins over 2 on google. Results are always relevant.. I've been using Bing for 4 months now and never went back to Google. Bing's main page is my favorite. It's very beautiful. It made me make it as my homepage for my browser. Translator, It's also nicely done.. And since I read this article, I found out there are more hidden treasures to try on bing. Gotta Love It!

  9. Anonymous
    December 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I primarily use Google although I need to use Bing for my job, too. I have found that the Google Hotel Finder is at least as good as the Bing hotel search and with the addtion of Zagat and Frommer reviews, I prefer GHF. The Bing interface is just too cluttered for me and full disclosure, I've never been much of a Microsoft fan- only using their products at work because I have no alternative.

  10. Chris
    December 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    The single most attractive feature in Google is the simple blank page. I hate Bing's homepage. Plus Google won 4/5 on Bing It On.

  11. Pawe? Jachmann
    December 22, 2012 at 8:14 am

    The article made me go - Wow, nice, maybe should start using Bing.

    Quickly opened a new tab, went to the bing home page and started to check how does this work and what can I do.

    Then came the disappointment. Poland just isn't the place bing's functions work (only 5 functions to play with, including search). The Entertainment page - bing showed - "That web page doesn't exist."

    Why do I get the feeling that Bing's world is made up of just a few countries and that is where all the functions work. Regarding the rest - "That country doesn't exist."

    • Aaron Couch
      January 19, 2013 at 5:55 am

      Well that's unfortunate! I hope that you're able to take advantage of the features soon! Thanks for reading though - glad you liked it!

  12. Kris Montoya
    December 21, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    This article was very informative I had no idea about that twitter map function and think it's pretty cool!

  13. imota
    December 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I have tried Bing several times so far. My conclusioin - rubbish!
    Simple, it is not in the same category with Google. In short, we are comparing here Lionel Messi to a third class football player.

    While all of my postings are instantly retrieved by Google search engine, Bing produced miserable results. Just about 50% of all my articles posted online are detected by Bing.

    Even Yahoo is better in this respect.

    • Drew
      December 23, 2012 at 2:05 am

      imota, Bing provides Yahoo!'s search results. The fact you find Yahoo!'s better just shows your intrinsic prejudice against Bing....

      • Joe
        February 28, 2013 at 3:05 am

        You sound like you work for Bing.

        What you are arguing does not at all shoot down imota's valid points.
        why do you label him as prejudiced?
        Bing reminds me of Xfinity, It is big in selling its news and never shutting up. The internet should be free of unnecessary ads. I like Google because of AdBlock. The world is better cataloged in sites better suited to specific interests. General news is limiting and ads waste my valuable time. As far as i'm concerned and TEDed are FAR better alternatives to the corporate spew posted on mainstream news. In this primitive internet views = money. i'd rather stick with Google because they are winning technologically and their fangs have been dulled. One king is easier to deal with than many squabbling factions.
        Call me what you like.
        Convince me to convert to bing if you have relevant raw data to back yourself up.

  14. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    December 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I'm interested with Events and Rewards feature, but old habit is hard to die. I don't see myself using anything than Google anytime soon.

  15. Irfan Ahmed
    December 21, 2012 at 8:04 am

    informative. didn't know Bing has such capabalities. thanks Aaron.

  16. Ole Funch
    December 21, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I've tryed Bing a few time on translations - no good experience.
    BUT BUT, I sure give a try on som of the other futures

    • Ole Funch
      December 21, 2012 at 7:22 am

      No I Again tryed Bing Maps, but yhe street vies is a .......
      workd not in any pof my areas in Denmark - Yes we are stiolle a few persons living there! lol :-)

  17. Keith Swartz
    December 21, 2012 at 6:03 am

    I use Google. However, there are 'times' when I like to 'slip-away-from-the-farm' and use Bing. If you'll give it a fair run, test trial, whatever... you'll see that it ain't your daddy's search engine!

  18. citizenearth
    December 21, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Google has all or more of the features presented in this article. Nothing special about Bing. The only significant difference between the two is Google has a white space background while Bing has a panaromic photo as its background.

  19. Dane Morgan
    December 21, 2012 at 1:23 am

    How about embedding a map that keeps the address/business label in the embed. That's as simple as copying the code at Google, but, while the interface is very similar at Bing, I couldn't make it happen the other day.

  20. Terafall
    December 21, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I want to try them all but many of them aren't available in my country

  21. Krysia Baker
    December 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    In my usage of translators for Spanish, French, and Polish; Google Translate does a *far* superior job to Bing.

  22. Anonymous
    December 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I think I have used Bing twice.

  23. Anonymous
    December 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I live in a small Caribbean country called Anguilla and while Bing Maps shows the satellite imagery, Google Maps rules when it comes to roads and location. I use both search but since I use Chrome as my main browser Google search will continue to be my choice although the Reward thing does sound tempting.

  24. AP
    December 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I do use Bing some times but never noticed about all these functions thanks, for bring them to notice.

  25. John
    December 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I moved from google to Bing a while ago now and will not go back Bing has better search results and everything is presented in a much better way. Goodbye Google Bing is the new king (oh that rhymes ;-) )

  26. Jonthue Michel
    December 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Hmmmm... Bing or google? Bing or Google? Bing or Google? I guess it wont hurt to try on BING!!!

  27. Xoandre
    December 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I have found that BING maps are wrong more often than not, especially when it comes to residential and industrial roadways that are a "Circle" or circular "Drive", in which case, the address numbers on BING maps are reversed. For example, on a roadway in New Lenox, IL called Howell Drive, BING shows the numbers beginning on the NORTH entrance to the roadway and continuing around the circular loop with increasing address numbers. In reality, and on GOOGLE maps, and on most GPS devices (GPS devices which do not use MapQuest or BING as their source), the numbers correctly begin on the SOUTH entrance to Howell Drive. Only on BING and MapQuest are they reversed.

    Be very careful of what BING tells you if you are seeking a

  28. Chew Jian Yue
    December 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Does that mean, more people will start using BING than Google? :(

  29. wolfe69
    December 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Didn't know Bing was so feature rich. I have used Google for as long as I can remember. I will try Bing, who knows, it might be time for a change.

  30. Phil Botsky
    December 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I use Google but hey this article is quite interesting and I'm going to try Bing a bit.

  31. Douglas Mutay
    December 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Hum... I don't know...but Bing is just bing...I don't think I will ever use it.

  32. Scutterman
    December 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Bing it On is still not available in the UK, and it still blindly redirects me back to the main bing homepage when I attempt to view it. This indicates that they're only confidant that Bing is better than Google for US visitors.

    That aside, every time I try to use Bing I find the search results somewhat lacking and less relevant than I find with Google. It is certainly that I've been using Google long enough that it has tailored the search results to me, but it is an advantage nonetheless.

  33. Todd Tanner
    December 20, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Pretty good article. However, I just can't get used to Bing for some reason. I'm always going back to Google, but hey, maybe I'll give Bing another go for awhile again.

  34. Junil Maharjan
    December 20, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Never knew Bing has so much function, still i think i will stick with google

    • Valkar
      December 24, 2012 at 1:20 am

      That's a good idea. Do that and you will never know how the world is changing.

  35. Anonymous
    December 20, 2012 at 2:40 am

    your article is quite convincing....well i ll give it another try to bing