Bing is becoming more social than before, while also increasing users’ control over how they show in searches. The latest change in this area is the addition of Linked Pages to search results.
Whether it comes to friends, acquaintances or themselves, users are increasingly searching for other people on Bing
. The engine already offers Facebook results, but there’s always room for improvements, and this is where Linked Pages comes into play.
Through it, one can link websites related search results, so that only specific pages will show up. This means that people can set up Bing to deliver only results that they want it to deliver.
“There are probably many “John Smith’s” out there, but when John Smith’s friends are looking for him, they want to find their friend John and information about him,” Ian Lin, Bing social search, explains in a post
on the Bing Search Blog.
“By having more control over how you show up in Bing through linking related pages to your search results, now you can help your friends find the interesting stuff that you want them to see.” The image to the left shows you how John Smith will appear on Bing with Linked Pages.
To get started with the new feature, go to bing.com/linkedpages. You will need to log in with your Facebook ID and grant Bing permission to post to Facebook.
Then, search for yourself and start linking to your blog, a personal website, to your organization’s website, and the like. You can also link to interests and activities. Next time your friends search for you on Bing, they will be provided these trusted results and with these pages you’ve linked to.
You will also be able to search for friends and link pages about them. Moreover, you will be able to remove links that you or your friends added about you.
“Once you remove a link, you are the only person that can go back and relink yourself to that page. And as a reminder, you have to give permission to Bing to start linking pages and can turn it off at any time by disabling the application in Facebook,” Ian Lin continues.
You can learn more on what the new Linked Pages feature has to offer through the video embedded below. Don’t forget to check on this space again, as more social enhancements are coming to Bing soon.