Friday, February 24, 2012

Bing Launches Linked Pages for Better People Search Results!

Bing has launched a new feature titled Linked Pages. This feature is designed to give users an opportunity to better the search results for their own names as well as that of their friends better and more personalized. Here is what Bing says about it, “With people search being such a high volume pastime, we're taking it a step further letting you have more control in how you show up on Bing. Beginning today, with Linked Pages, we’re letting you link websites related to you in search results. Now your friends looking for you online can find what you want them to find. You can also link pages to your friends to help them shine on Bing as well”

This is how you will appear on Bing if you had your profiles linked:

Bing Linked

Linked Pages is the way users can inform Bing the pages in search results are specifically about the person being searched for (your own name or your friend’s). Users can “link” search results to their person profile which means your Facebook profile, LinkedIn profile, company profile, blogs and so forth. The result of this exercise is more relevant search results for your name or your friend’s name.

Linking the Pages:

To use this feature, you need to login to Linked Pages with your Facebook account. The next step is to allow Bing to post to Facebook on the following screen. After this Bing will show you a search query for your name. As you scroll through the results, all you have to do is click “link to me”.

Bing Linked

In case you have linked to a wrong result, then you can easily remove the link too. As Bing says, “You have full control over what results you’re linked in. Simply follow the link notification from Facebook or go to to remove links you added or links 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.”

You can turn linking off at any time by disabling the application in Facebook. What do you think of this new feature? Do share your views.

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