Bing delivered the first new Bing sidebar integration since launching the new Bing experience in June. Starting today, "people in the US will begin to see tips and recommendations from foursquare in the sidebar column on the right hand side of the screen."
Now "when you're planning a trip to that dream destination or a night on the town, you can find people who are knowledgeable about the place you're searching, based on what they've publically shared on foursquare," Bing said.
How does it work?
As an example, if you search on Bing for "Starbucks" you can find helpful tips from foursquare users in the 'People Who Know' section in the sidebar about the best deals on refills and free wifi at a local Starbucks cafe.
The tips that surface on Bing depend on the venue you are searching for and your location. For example, "if you're in New York your Starbucks search results would be specific to that area and different than the results that someone might see if they search in San Francisco," Bing explains.
For the users in the US, the first phase of the rollout starts today, and they will see the frequency and volume increase over time as Bing refine the feature.
To see the feature in action, check out this video with Stefan Weitz:
Bing Maps publishes 215 TB of new Bird's Eye data that spans across the United States and features certain areas in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Tokyo.
The total coverage of this publication is 230,004 square kilometers and consists of over 1.1 million files!
"This oblique perspective of the world is a special feature of Bing Maps, and we are proud to announce Bird's Eye has a total of 1,388,593 square kilometers of imagery," Bing said.
That's a total of 302 TB of data!
The detail map below displays the total coverage of Bird's Eye imagery that is live on Bing Maps!