Bing gains share, releases iPhone app, talks privacy

Some good Bing news today, on three fronts.  First, some new numbers from comScore (no press release yet, so far just numbers shared from Silicon Alley Insider) show continued incremental growth for Bing (and Google), and continued decline from Yahoo!.  These raw search numbers don’t begin to tell the true story of how Bing is doing (are the increases due to toolbar deals?  is Bing capturing a bigger percentage of searches that attract ad clickthroughs?), but it’s nice to see Bing continue to inch upward.

bingiphoneapp Today saw the release of an iPhone app for Bing, too.  The app, available for iPhones and iPod Touches from Apple’s App Store, from iTunes, or by going to from an iPhone or iPod Touch.  The app provides much of the same functionality as the Windows Mobile Bing app, with some iPhone tweaks:

  • Bing image home screen with clickable hot spots
  • voice search
  • auto location
  • SeaDragon assisted Bing Maps
  • endless scrolling image search
  • and more.

Check out the blog post for more information, or just download the app to your iPhone or iPod Touch!

Another post on the search blog touches on a hot topic: web privacy and search engines.  A post on Search Engine Land notes that a blog post on Bing and privacy seems to be taking a couple of swipes at Google:

But news or not, Bing’s announcement seems to contain some not-so-veiled swipes at Google’s recent announcements and trouble with privacy watchers. Sree Kamireddy — a Bing Program Manager who’s also described as its “Privacy Champ” in today’s post — says Bing’s search history team has “tried to build privacy and respect for your search history into the overall experience and not as an afterthought.” Touché! Sree later writes that “Too many systems provide us with choice, but little control,” which could be a reference to Google’s recent announcement of personalized results for all users, which could be said to take away the user’s control by opting everyone in automatically to personalized results before providing a choice to turn it off.