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Bing Visual Search Beta

September 14th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Periodic Table

Bing launched a Visual Search beta today that is fun to play with. The name may be a bit misleading–this isn’t an image search engine, let alone one that allows you to find images based on visual similarity. Rather, it’s a graphically intensive (don’t forget to install Silverlight!) way to explore a small data collection.

I agree with Elisabeth Osmeloski at Search Engine Land that the galleries included with this beta launch emphasize novelty over utility. Still, it’s nice to see a visual faceted search application for exploring the periodic table. And it’s an interesting example of micro-IR.

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Constant Gina // Sep 14, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    alright I must say they are making the effort to truly surpass Google and Yahoo in one go.!

  • 2 Max L. Wilson // Sep 15, 2009 at 5:13 am

    interesting that visual search link doesnt work anymore… its the same link from google. also fails… is it a US thing only or something?

    anyway – did you try the old blackberry test again?

  • 3 Daniel Tunkelang // Sep 15, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Yup, the Google blackberry test still fails. Sorry if it only works on this side of the pond.

    As for trying Bing Visual Search, perhaps you might try setting Bing’s country to United States in preferences.

  • 4 Luis Garcia Reyes // Sep 17, 2009 at 6:41 am

    I probed Visual Search and I think that is simply a search based on categories with the visual component. As user I think it can´t have much success, people want to find what you are looking for. Basically it´s a commercial search

  • 5 Daniel Tunkelang // Sep 17, 2009 at 8:38 am

    As I said in the post, I think it offers more novelty than utility. Still, it’s pretty slick.

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