Why I Don't Like Bing

One of the most interesting parts of having a blog (besides when people leave great comments) is being able to look at the traffic statistics and see how people are finding my posts. I don't really get a lot of traffic here, which I think adds to the interest.

Google, yahoo, and most other webcrawlers identify themselves in a way that makes them easy to ignore in the stats. But Bing… well, Bing is a little bitch. Bing will make itself out to look like a legitimate user, and tell me that the hit came from a search on Bing. For instance, right now I'm looking at a line that says someone using IE6, on a Windows XP machine, with the IP, came to one of my posts from a search on bing.com for "remember". It's kind of frustrating – the page it hit is not even in the top 10,000 results for a search for "remember".

And guess who owns the IP address that the hit came from? Microsoft. Microsoft is falsifying page-referrer headers to make it look like I'm getting traffic from bing.

Another boycott? Hardly. Bing doesn't do anything better than Google anyway. So, now I can add "annoying" to the list of bing qualities.. just under "useless".

(also, this is now currently the only google result for "bing is a bitch", let's change that!)

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  1. Tom said,

    I haven't really formed a hardline opinion about bing.com yet but the times that I have used I think "This is no better than Google", in fact, a few times I thought the results I got on bing were the same results I got on Google … I only went to bing because I thought maybe they could find the saganaki plates Google couldn't turn up! Fail! I'll try bing from time to time until I'm finally fed up … look at that, I've already formed my hardline opinion! Ta la bing!

    July 29, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

  2. R Lynn said,

    I tried Bing out today, and I really wasn't impressed with the results. I'll try it again and see what I can get, but I think I'll double check it with my default (Google of course)

    July 29, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

  3. spudart said,

    Funny how you call bing a bitch. How about instead of calling people bitches, we call them bings. Oh that Marsha. She's such a bing!

    July 29, 2009 @ 11:10 pm

  4. sparx said,

    Who's Marsha?

    July 30, 2009 @ 7:58 am

  5. helen said,

    I don't like Bing at all, it is unrelated to my search terms. I loved Google much more last year, now it is all what I don't want.

    September 7, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

  6. Nguyen Van Minh said,

    L.O.L. I found this via Bing, I personally find Bing easier, and since I use a Microsoft-Account I can access my Microsoft Hotmail in 1 click 😛

    – a Loyal Microsoft-Fanboy

    February 22, 2013 @ 10:29 am

  7. sparx said,

    I'm curious – what would a "a Loyal Microsoft-Fanboy" would be searching for that they'd end up on a blog post titled "Why I Don't Like Bing"?

    February 22, 2013 @ 10:36 am

  8. sparx said,

    Yay traffic logs! "bing it bitch"

    That'd actually be a good slogan.

    February 22, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  9. spudart said,

    lol. "bing it bitch" And yes, it is on urbandictionary.com.

    February 25, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

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