Bing's Social Sidebar
Apparently there is a lot to like about Microsoft's announcement of a dramatically redesigned and socially enhanced Bing. Social results are featured but are clearly segmented from traditional search results in a gray Sidebar on the far right. Search Engine Land provided a lengthy description of Bing's new features and included data showing that users increasingly preferred Bing's results over Google's in blind tests. PC World provided a shorter 'hands on tour' of the new Bing.
ReadWriteWeb took the lead in listing the reasons that many bloggers feel that Bing has done social search the right way. The Sidebar is designed as a way to discuss and enhance search results as opposed to interfering with them. Bing seems to include results from every social network that it can, including Google+.
There will soon be even more to like. The search function itself is being redesigned to provide semantic results on 'entities' and a new Snapshot universal search feature will provide additional text, images and video that Bing thinks will directly answer the user's questions.