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Did Bing just beat Google in Search Trends? Apparently, that was what Eric said on a post over at TechCrunch. Eric compared the trend on search terms – “Ricky Barnes” and “Neda” in both Google Trends and Bing’s Xrank and claimed that Google Trends did not show any result. While Bing showed some number of searches during the past two days. Another example given by Eric was for the search term “Neda” referring to the Iranian woman who died tragically during a protest march in Tehran.
Unfortunately, the Xrank link which was supposed to show the trend on the keyword currently does not show any results anymore. The same is true for the search term “Ricky Barnes” which is now similar to what Google yields.
How about if we try searching for “Steve Jobs”, which has been in the news the past few days due to the reported liver transplant which Jobs had apparently underwent through.
Bing’s Xrank showed no results while Google did show searches for the past 30 days.
So, what does this mean? Who beats who really? But wait, Bing’s Xrank is inclined to get the search trends for celebrities, politicians, bloggers and musicians. While Google Trends is more general in nature. Hence, no results for “Steve Jobs” on Bing.
Bottomline is, search trends still depend on who is using which search engines. And the freshness of data is not a determining factor for saying that one beats the other.