Microsoft took another small step toward Bing integration with Facebook today with the introduction of Bing Linked Pages. By allowing Bing to connect up with your Facebook account, you can now manage the way your “vanity search” looks in Bing, by confirming (or not) a set of links Bing shows you related to your presence on the web.
A blog post on the Bing Search blog describes Linked Pages:
With people search being such a high volume pastime, we’re taking it a step further letting you have more control in how you show up on Bing. Beginning today, with Linked Pages, we’re letting you link websites related to you in search results. Now your friends looking for you online can find what you want them to find. You can also link pages to your friends to help them shine on Bing as well.
We tried it, and ok it’s pretty easy to bling out your search results page with links that you choose (apologies for the vanity of using my info here, but this is a vanity search, after all):
As you can see, I’ve chosen LiveSide.net (of course), and my Facebook page, but left out Quora, a site I’m registered at but never use. After that, you can look at your newly created page:
Ok, while we think this is kinda fun (although we’re not too sold on your friends being able to add links to your page, even though you can go back and clean it up later), we’re not sure where it stands in the big picture of getting more people to use Bing. Is this really going to make a difference for anyone?
What may very well make a difference is a continued collaboration between Facebook and Bing (and Facebook and Microsoft), so maybe this is just one small piece of the puzzle.
Check out www.Bing.com/LinkedPages and try it out for yourself and let us know what you think.