Monday, August 17, 2009

Bing VS Google - Who is Faster? Who is Better?

If you are like me, you want to make sure you are using the best search engine and saving your time doing so. With Bing now out and gaining some acceptance, I wanted to put the two "Google and Bing" in a head to head battle.

"one search/one winner"

Test conditions:
A misspelled and missformatted obscure search was performed on both bing and Google. I wanted to search for something that I knew had not been searched for before and therefore was not cached by either engine. The search I did was "can I mobo dog face through the bannana patch?" This phrase is very similar to the one Steve Martin said in a stand up routine in the late 1970's, however many of the words are misspelled and they are in the wrong order. The real phrase was "May I mambo dogface to the banana patch" I entered in the search phrase and timed each engine.

Google was 25% faster displaying the results then Bing!

The Search results, this is where it matters. I look down the results at Bing and there is no reference to Steve Martin in anywhere.
Then Google - The first result is a reference to Steve Martin! Simply Stunning! Not only was Google much faster is was way more accurate.

You can view the results for yourself:

It looks to me like Microsoft is taking the roll of the bad band that keeps changing its name to try and get people in the door, however when they take a look they realize that it is the same bad band and move on.

Hope this helps, now, I no longer need to think about "what am I missing if I don't use bing?" I know that I am only missing out on a slower engine that does not give accurate results.


  1. I agree with you 100%. Quite simply, I do not trust Bing. Maybe they'll get it together some day. Oh, they have a few cute new twists but when it comes to speed, forget it, and their grade for accuracy is poor.

  2. Thanks for the comment! This was a personal test for me to make sure I was using the "right" search engine for saving time and being more productive. I have not used Bing since...