1) I may not be the best candidate to try this out. Why? Because I was delighted with my search results this week! But. I’m pretty much always delighted with my search results. I still find the internet kind of magical. (You mean, I can type a question, any question into the search bar, and I’ll find answers? Gasp. That’s amazing.) So I was ready to be impressed. And I was impressed.
2) The layout was the thing I noticed the most. Google is not Apple. It is not a company of designers. And its search pages — even its logo — have never been that appealing to me. I find them practical, but not pretty. (And I believe things can be both.) So I much prefer the layout and organization of the Bing homepage and search results. I find them much easier on the eyes, and more instinctive to navigate.
3) The thing that fascinated me the most this week is the realization that searching has become a cultural phenomenon. That as internet users, we’re ready to defend our favorite search engine like we would defend our favorite soda or favorite book. That 10 years in, we’re deeply bothered that anyone would even ask us to consider trying something new. That’s how I felt when I was asked to do this challenge. My first reaction was: No way, I use Google. Period.
But then I thought about my reaction and decided it was odd. Why was I so defensive of a search engine? I don’t own any stock. I don’t pay money to use search engines. I tried to think of another free service I love so I could compare. I thought of Hulu. If someone introduced a Hulu competitor, would I stick with Hulu by default? Would I even check out the new site? I’m so interested by that train of thought!
Conclusion: I’ve decided a week isn’t really long enough for me to adopt a new habit. So for now, I’m going to keep my default search engine Bing. And if that ever stops making sense, or I want to try something new, I’ll switch it up again. Easy.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on brands. Are you a brand agnostic, or a brand loyal? For clothes, appliances, websites? Or just certain things? As for me, I’m pretty sure I’m a brand loyal, but in my head, I want to be a brand agnostic, so I work hard to be open minded. : )