Bing’s Visual Search Engine
Bing had released a visual search engine in conjunction with its SilverLight software. I expect that this product will be highly used. Phil Bradley’s Blog does a great job of summarizing the new service.
“It’s a simple concept – people like searching visually. Provide them with pictures of something and they can narrow down really quickly (“It had a red cover and was on the third shelf down” sound familiar?) to exactly what they’re after. Bing is starting off slowly here with some popular concepts – US presidents, Film heroes and villains, tv shows, dog breeds, cars and so on. The idea is that you simply click on what interests you, and you’ll get a bunch of images. You can then mouseover the one that interests you and immediately see some information below the search box, with the person/thing/whatever added into the search box for you. I like that idea, as long as it works in a sensible way.”