Quora Brings Variety of Topics to Bing Social Sidebar - Bing Webmaster Tools Updates Site Activity's % Change Metrics Calculation

Back in the spring, Bing introduced a new social sidebar on search results page that allows "tap into friends, experts and enthusiasts helping you connect with relevant people from within Bing."Today, Microsoft's decision search engine added "Quora" to make the social experience more compelling and useful for customers, to surface even more great content when […]

Back in the spring, Bing introduced a new social sidebar on search results page that allows "tap into friends, experts and enthusiasts helping you connect with relevant people from within Bing."

Today, Microsoft's decision search engine added "Quora" to make the social experience more compelling and useful for customers, to surface even more great content when searching on Bing.

"Quora is a knowledge sharing platform that lets you connect to everything you want to know about across a range of topics, questions and people related to what you're searching for."

"Now with Quora contributors on Bing in the United States, you'll see top answers and posts on a variety of topics -- from Movies to Politics," Bing said. Bing users will now begin to see top Quora contributors in the Bing sidebar.

"You can hover over their name to learn more, and click to go directly to the answers they have shared, bringing the wealth of shared knowledge on Quora to Bing users."

Try it out at www.bing.com.

Bing adds Quora to Social Sidebar

In other Bing products news,

Bing Webmaster Tools just released an update to the way "% Change in the Site Activity widget is calculated on Dashboard section."

So when you log into your Bing Webmaster Tools account and are looking at changes for say a 30-day period in your Dashboard (which is the default setting), "the percentage in the Site Activity widget will reflect your relative increase or decrease compared to the prior 30-day period," Wehren stated on Webmaster Center blog.

Bing Webmaster changes % Change Calculation in the Site Activity widget in Dashboard section

For the metrics Clicks from search, Appeared in search, Pages crawled, and Crawl errors "we will now show you the percent change for the selected date range (as selected in the date selector near the top of the dashboard) compared to the prior date range of the same length," Wehren wrote.

Bing now also showing "the absolute numbers for these metrics for both the current and the prior period."

For Pages indexed "we'll show you the % change between the last day of the selected period and the last day of the prior period," said Wehren.

Wehren notes, that Bing store up to 6 months' of data in Webmaster Tools -- so, they will "show % change information for periods up to three months counting back from the last available date." Adding, "for shorter date ranges we can show change information as long as they and their prior period fall within those 6 months of data we store," he said.

Note: Bing will only provide data for your site from the day of sites'actual registration with Bing Webmaster Tools, so if you've only recently registered your website, try selecting a shorter date range to see change information.

Simply, you are not limited to just seeing change information for say, just the last 30 days.

In addition to the Site Activity widget, the above changes also apply to the change information shown on your My Sites page.

Wehren suggests that while you can check the metrics for the last 7 days, 30 days, and 3 months (or a custom date range) -- its, worth to look at longer term trends to validate your search strategy--especially looking at 6 months' worth of data in the Reports & Data Graph.

Bing Webmaster Tools: Site Activity Widget Reports & Data Graph