Google, Microsoft no longer 'more evil than satan'

As mentioned in a previous post on this blog, we recently received our first few MSN Bombs.  One of these was the phrase “more evil than satan”, which brought up both Google and Microsoft in the top 10 results.  A number of you sent us feedback on this.Well, we just pushed out our latest round of automated relevance improvements and they changed the results. Now neither Google nor Microsoft rank in the top 10 any more for...
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How we’re doing

As you can imagine it’s been busy here. In the 2 days, we’ve served millions of page views and queries, rolled out a couple of system updates (note the improved performance) and yet I was still able to go see The Incredibles last night (it was great!). We’ve had over 1000 pieces of feedback sent to us, in addition to what we’ve seen in WebmasterWorld, the Search Engine Watch Forums, our newsgroup, and on blogs. The top...
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Inside Near Me Search

Several people have asked how the system performs a “Near Me” search for food bank near Seattle, WA so I thought it would be a good idea to explain how this is done here on the blog. As web pages are rolled into the index, the code looks for strings of text that are location references.  In particular, text that is formatted as an address is given a high degree of confidence.  When an address is found, tokens are added...
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MSN Bombs & Rumors

As you would imagine, the launch of a new MSN Search Beta brought lots of conspiracy theories out into the open, and between the alleged flights of black helicopters, I thought I would give you guys some of the facts. We have the first set of reported MSN Bombs on our Beta. If you search for ‘more evil than satan’  the first result is Google. If you type in ‘evil corporation‘ (thanks, Jeremy) the first result is...
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MSN Search Beta Availability Update

In the process of making our new MSN Search beta broadly available we experienced some technical difficulties that caused the beta service to function improperly or be unavailable for some users for periods of time. We’re working through these issues one by one and you should see service availability and quality improve soon if not already.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  We expected to find some problems in the beta, and we...
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MSN Search Service Beta Now Available

On behalf of the MSN Search team I’m very pleased to announce that we’ve begun the worldwide rollout of our new algorithmic search service Beta release.  I invite you to check it out at http://beta.search.msn.com and send us feedback via the “help us improve” links.  You can identify the Beta version by the text “Search (beta)” next to the MSN butterfly logo. This is an update of the service we started...
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Hello, World

As you all know we have decided to join the fray and we have been listening to what you’ve had to say about our TechPreview. We’ve decided to start our own blog so that we can keep you all up-to-date on what’s happening with our product, our team and our industry. Keep watching this space for updates.    — Brady Forrest      MSN Search PM
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