In browser tussle between Google and Bing as reported in a research done by Experian Hitwise has claimed to found that 81.7 percent of Bing searches were 'successful'. Successful search is the assumption of assuming one has found what is looking for and click on a link to visits one of the sites listed on the search results.
In replied, Matt Cutts from Google questioned the methods Hitwise used to work out the results. Cutts, wonder, Hitwise is able to determine whether a user has click on a link because they've found what they want or had just abandoned search and clicked on a search link.
Cutts further pointed out that "some searches don't require surfers to click a result to find the information they were looking for".
Matt has got a point, here are one my own recent encounter when using Google as my spelling checker and because of Hitwise's report, I'm doing a comparison against Bing's finding as well.
In this case, I wasn't sure how to spell the word "tussle" and I entered tussll instead in the browser and you can look at the screen capture of the result.
e.g. typing 'tussll' in Google, without hitting the enter key.
Using the same circumstance and comparing the search result using Microsoft's Bing.
And now let's take a look at, what if I hit enter using with the keyword 'tussll' in Google.
returning relevant results - that is all in English.
Other creative usage of Google is as online dictionary and thesaurus. It return results far more faster than any online dictionary facilities out there on the internet, that is why I'm using it often.
e.g. What is lemongrass?
In Google, explaination of what is lemon grass is clearly shown on top listed sites and I don't even have to click on any sites return to know the answer.
Up next, what is the meaning of
These are sets of meaningless keywords Google setup to prove Microsoft's Bing is copying search results from Google.
Matt Cutts has posted his thought on his blog and shown a series of Google's rare keywords tailor made for Microsoft to pick up to prove his points. Result? Microsoft's Bing show exact result as Google's. Put yourself in Microsoft's shoe, what would you reply in this circumstance?
You can find the posts here, it's an interesting read though
What Matt Cutts think about Microsoft's reply.
You be the judge on hitwise's report: Hitwise's report