Bing Adds Facebook Tag Your Friends on SERPs; Bing Maps Spatial Data Service Infrastructural Update

Bing's new social sidebar that lets you ask friends for ideas and recommendations as you search -- now, you can, type your Facebook friends name and tag them when "sharing a search on Bing.""When searching on Bing, simply enter a question or comment in the sidebar and type the name of a friend on Facebook […]

Bing's new social sidebar that lets you ask friends for ideas and recommendations as you search -- now, you can, type your Facebook friends name and tag them when "sharing a search on Bing."

"When searching on Bing, simply enter a question or comment in the sidebar and type the name of a friend on Facebook to tag him or her (you can tag up to five friends at a time). This allows you to effortlessly tap into the collective wisdom of your social network, and get input from your friends who are in the know," explains Bing.

With your permission, "the question will post on your Facebook timeline, and your tagged friends will be notified so that they can pitch in and help you find what you're looking for. Remember - you are always in control of what you share through the sidebar," Bing adds.

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To see it in action, check out this video:

Bing Maps Spatial Data Service (SDS) gets a major architectural improvements.

"SDS has been running for about 18 months and was intended to replace some legacy batch geocoding and customer data hosting systems such as MapPoint Web Service, MultiMap and Vicinity," Bing wrote.

"SDS allows you the ability to upload a file of location entities and have the service geocode all the entities without having to write a script to batch through your own data source. SDS also allows you the ability to upload and host your data inside our geospatial indexes for doing geospatially algorithmic searches such as Radius Search (e.g. finding the nearest locations within 25 miles) and Route Buffer Searches (e.g. finding the nearest 25 locations within a mile of the route from Seattle to Portland)," Bing explains.

With today's launch, Bing also;

  • "expanding spatial indexes
  • expanding spatial platform node count
  • streamlined the process by creating own pipelines for processing the data
  • grabbing more capacity from the geocoders in order to share more excess capacity with SDS and decrease the time to batch geocode.
  • and, most impressively, the time to upload is coming down from hours to minutes!
  • also, because all of the data sources are now properly indexed on spatial aspects, the query time is lighting fast even for millions of records!," Bing informs.

In addition to, Bing also ncrease the number of data sources available to upload for Enterprise customers. Anyone can sign up for SDS.

However, "if you're a licensed Enterprise customer you get a little extra lovin' and get to cut to the front of the line when it comes to queuing jobs. Yes, you can absolutely use it for free under the Bing Maps Terms of Use," Bing said.

Ever uploaded a job and after waiting an hour it failed? Gone.

Bing will now "validate on upload and give you an instant response if something is broken in your schema or data. Upload full data sets. Upload incremental data sets. Upload through the developer portal. Download through the API or Developer Portal, plus a huge amount of infrastructural features on the backend - logging, alerting, error validation, easier systemic troubleshooting, scaling and agile development processes!," Bing stated.

You can try it here.