Microsoft has added music video search to Bing with 1.7 million songs from YouTube, Vimeo, MTV, Artist Direct and more. When searching for an artist, their top song is displayed in a grey box along with a list of other top songs.
There are video previews that can be played by hovered over the preview or clicked to view the full-sized video. When searching for an album, a list of all the songs on the album is displayed in the order they appear on the album.
Lists of related albums and artists are also displayed. Learn more on the Bing Search Blog here.
Google has announced that it changed the underlying technology of its search engine to Hummingbird about a month ago. This change makes it possible for Google to answer more complex questions.
There is a new comparison feature in Knowledge Graph can be used to compare foods, dog breeds, planets and many other objects. A new filter feature can be used in search results to, for example, view only impressionist or abstract artists.
Google has also announced it will update its search app for iOS in the next couple of weeks. The update will add the new card-based UI that Google has been copying across its services. It will also add device-wide notifications and voice reminders. Learn more on the Inside Search blog here.
Recently, Google added hashtag support in the US and Canada. For example, when searching for #hashtags, the right side of search results may contain Google+ posts shared with the user or shared publicly with that tag. Learn more in the Google+ post here.
It is now 15 years since Google Search was released. To celebrate, Google has added a piñata game as the doodle and it has added an Easter egg to its search engine. Search for Google in 1998 to see what the search engine looked like.
Google is highlighting in-depth articles in its search results to help users learn about broad topics. The articles are chosen algorithmically based on the quality and depth of the content.
Bloggers who want to improve the chances of having their articles highlighted should use schema.org “article” markup, provide authorship markup, use
rel=prev for paginated articles, and provide information about their logo. Learn more on the Google Webmaster Central Blog here.
Microsoft has started rolling out an update to Bing search on Windows Phone 8. Currently, tapping Search displays Web, Local, Media, and Shopping categories. The update changes these categories to Web, Images, and Video categories.
Depending on the search, the Web category may contain a few images or videos along with the search results or it may display an instant answer for traffic, flight status, exchange rates, word definitions and translations.
To save bandwidth, only the Web category is downloaded. The user must swipe to the Images or Video categories to download images or videos. The Images and Videos categories also now support infinite scrolling.
The update is rolling out over the next few weeks in the US and will roll out to other countries in the future. Interested in learning more? See the Windows Phone blog here.
Twitter has updated its app for Windows RT and 8. With this update, users can sign in with multiple Twitter accounts, view their lists and those of other users, pin lists and user profiles to the Start screen.
The update also improves stability and fixes many bugs. Learn more on the Windows blog here and download the app from the Windows Store here.
Twitter has also updated the search bar on its website to display recent and saved searches. People and photos are also now included in search results. Learn more in the Twitter post here.
Tumblr users can now make four-frame GIFs using a webcam. This new feature is available on the Tumblr website for Chrome and Firefox 20+ users, but not the Tumblr apps. Just click the “Take a Photo” button and then select GIF. Learn more here.
Tumblr is also now hiding adult blogs from search engines and internal search. Adult blog posts will only be displayed to followers using mobile apps. For more information on restrictions to NSFW and adult blogs, see the Tumblr article here.
Tumblr has updated its iOS and Android apps with improved search and discovery. The new Discovery section displays scrollable thumbnails of trending tags and blogs. Thumbnails may be animated GIFs or have a Play button that can be used to jump straight to a featured video.
Trending blogs also have a new Follow button that makes it easier for users to follow blogs. Using an iOS device? Download the update from the iTunes app store here. Using an Android device? Download the update from Google Play here.
Microsoft has announced Bing for Schools, which lets schools in the US opt in to a Bing experience tailored for K-12 students. Bing for Schools doesn’t have any advertisements in search results, has enhanced privacy protections and uses strict adult content filtering that students cannot turn off.
Students can use the hot spots on the image of the day to explore different topics and a short lesson will teach digital literacy skills. Interested in learning more? See the Bing Blog here.
Google has announced it has added a carousel to restaurant search results in its search engine. For example, searching for “Mexican restaurants” will display a carousel of Mexican restaurants, bars and hotels with photos, ratings and reviews.
The carousel is currently displayed only in the US in English, but it will roll out to more places and languages in the future. Interested in learning more? See the Google+ post here.
Microsoft has announced Bing Boards, which complement the traditional search results with a visual collection of images, videos and links created by people who are passionate about the topic and blog, write or talk about it.
For example, a search for “photo booth backdrop” on Bing will display a board created by Chelsea Costa from Lovely Indeed alongside the traditional search results. Interested in learning more? See the Bing blog here.