Microsoft taking a step further to integrate its decision engine Bing with Facebook today added a new beta feature known as "Linked Pages," which allows users to choose links related to them to appear in their search results.
With Linked Pages on Bing, you can decide how you look to your old roommate, your first crush, or a new friend.
The new option right now only available to testers in the U.S.
"With Linked Pages, we're letting you link websites related to you in search results. Now your friends looking for you online can find what you want them to find. You can also link pages to your friends to help them shine on Bing as well. By having more control over how you show up in Bing through linking related pages to your search results, now you can help your friends find the interesting stuff that you want them to see," informs Microsoft.
To get started, just go to bing.com/linkedpages. Log-in with your Facebook ID and grant Bing permission to post to Facebook on the poped up screen.
Now, search for yourself. Try including your city, school, or employer - for example "John Smith Bing" - to find more results and start linking. Links can include your blog, a personal website, organizations you're associated with, activities you're involved with or just sites you like. And as your interests and activities change, you can easily link more. So now when your friends search for you, they'll not only see trusted results from Bing, but also the pages and sites you've linked.
Help your friends show up better on Bing too. Just search for a friend and link pages about them.
To reomove a link, simply follow the link notification from Facebook or go to bing.com/linkedpages to remove links you added or links your friends added about you. "Once you remove a link, you are the only person that can go back and relink yourself to that page. And as a reminder, you have to give permission to Bing to start linking pages and can turn it off at any time by disabling the application in Facebook," Bing Search blog said.
Check out the following video to see Linked Pages in action:
Video: Introducing Bing Linked Pages
How to Get Started With Bing Linked Pages?
- Go to Bing.com/linkedpages. Click 'get started' and that will take you to a Facebook login screen, where you will have to click 'allow' on the permissions request screen. Bing requests to post to your wall, but there is nothing to worry about here. Bing is not broadcasting your search queries. The app only publishes activity related to linking pages to yours and your friend's profile.
- Link pages to you. The initial set of results that Bing throws up for your name are not going to be everything there is about you, and more than likely, the results will be spattered with information about other people with the same name.
As you can see in the example below, none of the top results were about me personally, so I had to add keywords to find my user profiles on other sites that I wanted to have associated with my name.
Within the Linked Pages search, you will want to add keywords to your name to find the best results. Just click the 'Link to me' button to add it to your profile.
- Link pages to your friends. Bing will actually give you suggestions for friends who have the Bing app connected to Facebook which means you can link those people immediately and conscience free. But you can also link pages to users who do not have the app - and a notification will appear on Facebook for them.
- To remove any Links from your profile is as easy as linking them. Just click 'Unlink' on the result.