Facebook Removes Bing as Primary Search Provider

by Raja Habib on December 15, 2014

It seems that Facebook has quietly dumped Bing as its primary search provider over the weekend and has stopped including search results from Microsoft’s Bing search engine on its social network (you will no longer be able to search for your query on Bing when you type into Facebook’s search bar). Facebook says they will unveil their new search tool on the 15th of December 2014. They claim to have made this move because it’s “focused on helping people find what’s been shared with them on Facebook” and insists that it continues to “have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas.”

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About a week ago, Facebook expanded the scope of its internal search tool, providing users with the ability to filter through old posts that have appeared in that user’s newsfeed and find information within the network. Facebook might even want to eventually extend keyword to all publicly shared content; this could make it a bigger rival to search engines.

This decision may reflect the increasing importance that Facebook sees in web search technology, which is primarily dominated by Google. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has flagged search engines as one of the company’s key growth initiatives, he noted that in July that there were more than 1 billion searches on Facebook every day and hinting that the vast amount of information that users share within Facebook could eventually replace the need to search the Web for answers to certain questions.

“There are more than a trillion posts, which some of the search engineers on the team like to remind me, is bigger than any Web search corpus out there,” Zuckerberg said on a conference call with analysts in July.

Facebook and Microsoft have had a long relationship, dating back to 2007 when Microsoft invested $240 million into Facebook as a 1.6% stake in the company.

This move probably will not affect Bing that much, as they are still the main search engine powering all of Yahoo’s listings (that still has 6 years left in their deal). Although, Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, has hinted of her desire to drop Bing move on towards a different kind of arrangement.

Back on topic, Facebook has a lot of work ahead of them, being around for over 10 years and being filled with new users (and content) every day, they must do a good job with this new project, best of luck Facebook.

 

So what do you guys think about this? Does it affect you at all?

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