Overheard in a Coffee Shop: I Hate That @*$% Bing!

bingdemoThis morning I was in Richmond to visit my mother. I stopped off at a coffee shop on the way for breakfast and there was the usual clientele, several of them soaking up caffeine while hammering on their keyboards. As I was having a bagel and waking up I heard one young lady let out a very loud series of expletives that concluded with “I Hate That @#$% Bing!

I asked her why. She said it was “those popups that fill your screen when you’re scrolling through a page on MSNBC and other sites. Do they really think I want that happening everytime I scroll down a page? Microsoft can choke on a rotten egg.” (I omitted the profanity. There was quite a bit. The “rotten egg” part is a direct quote.)

I have to admit she’s got a point. Microsoft is making a big play with Bing as it wants a piece of the search advertising pie. Heck, there’s ever a rumor that Microsoft is going to use Bing as the default search engine on the mythic Tablet or the new iPhone. But while I haven’t reached the level of profane swearing when I scroll over a page with Bing popping up, I have to admit is beyond annoying. Methinks, Microsoft needs to address this on some level.

4 Comments

  1. Luc

    01/25/2010 at 8:03 pm

    How is that related to Bing? It’s msnbc.com. I don’t see those popups on bing.com when I search.

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  2. Warner Crocker

    01/25/2010 at 10:34 pm

    Luc,

    I think you make the point accurately. If it is MSNBC that should be blamed and this woman is blaming Bing, then Microsoft has a problem.

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  3. Xavier Lanier

    01/25/2010 at 11:58 pm

    Maybe, just maybe she’s searching on Bing, running into MSNBC and assuming its all MS?

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  4. rvb

    01/31/2010 at 9:47 pm

    i have no problems with bing or msnbc ..

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