Ever since human civilisation first realised that Chinese
whispers was not the most reliable way of disseminating information, they
sought for ways to rectify this malaise. With one invention they were able to
free themselves from the shackles of ‘pre-history’ and enter the golden age of
‘history’ – the written word. With this tool generals were able to command
armies over vast distances and historians were able to document every important
detail from the Rosetta Stone to Harry Potter.
Despite the epoch-creating success of something that did
more for literacy rates than Shakespeare
for Dummies, it has had its critics.
So why is it necessary for me to tell you all of this? Well
we have been inundated with heaps of praise regarding the images on the Bing
homepage, from the mysterious deep blue holes of Honduras to the natural beauty
of our very own Yorkshire,
they all strike a chord with those who visit (it is with sheer humility that I
say “cheers”) but the most frequent question I am asked is “where is this?”. It
is from this that we learn that an image might paint a thousand words, but when
those words are questions, where can we find the answers?
The answer to that is much closer than you think, for on
every image, buried deep like the treasures of Egyptian tombs, you can find
clues to the answers you seek. Actually they are not buried quite as deep as Tutankhamun
but instead you can find hotspots of information floating over each image.
Gently moving your mouse over the picture will reveal facts, information,
quizzes and a wealth of generally fun things that will not only tell you where
the picture is from, but tell you the history of it, find you more pictures of it, videos, facts, maps
and so much more. There have already been answers to the question of how the
Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland was formed, who was responsible for the
fall of the Palmyrene Empire and what is a Berliner’s favourite type of
So now, even if the picture on the Bing homepage leaves you
speechless, you’ll never be lost for words about it.
This guest post was written by Alexander McNamara, Homepage
Editor at Bing