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Bing It On Challenge: Eastern Box Turtle

Eastern Box Turtle

One of the best parts of living in a rural area is having the opportunity to experience nature with my children on a regular basis.

Recently, an adorable little turtle made his way through our back yard, and of course, Evan was quite eager to study him as he traversed our property. I knew that the turtle was an Eastern Box Turtle, but honestly, I didn’t have much knowledge about the cute little critter beyond that fact.

Because Evan has such a thirst for knowledge, he asked me if we could learn more about the turtle on the computer, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to test our search phrase using Microsoft’s Bing It On Challenge. You’ve probably seen commercials for the Bing It On Challenge on TV, but if not, check out the screenshot below and you’ll see a sample of my results. The results on the left are so much more appealing, wouldn’t you agree?

Eastern Box Turtle

Microsoft doesn’t expect Bing to win every time for every person, but they’ve created a tool to help people determine which web results are best for them based on their personal preferences, and in the case of my search for Eastern Box Turtle, I absolutely loved the results including the image thumbnails, and Evan wanted to look at every single photo.

We learned a lot about the Eastern Box Turtle, most importantly, that this turtle is considered endangered in Ohio. I learned that the greatest threat to Ohio’s box turtles are drivers who make no attempt to avoid them on the roads.

I know that growing up, my dad stopped to help an Eastern Box Turtle cross the road many times. I never realized what a great favor he was really doing for this species of turtle!

Eastern Box Turtle

I browsed the Bing results for the Eastern Box Turtle with Evan for almost an hour. We loved looking through all of the bright and beautiful image results, and we learned a lot about this turtle’s habitat and behaviors.

Have you tried the Bing It On Challenge yet? You might be surprised to see which search engine’s results you prefer!

Thank you to Bing and Technorati for being sponsors of this article. All opinions expressed here are my own.

* Based on a comparison of web search results pane only; excludes ads, Bing’s Snapshot and Social Search panes and Google’s Knowledge Graph. Learn about the study.

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  1. Kathleen Kennedy-Leon — May 9, 2013 @ 8:25 am (#)

    I thought the Bing commericals were full of it until I saw your post. Seeing is believing when its from a trusted source like you. Glad you and Evan got to review some pretty pictures and info about turtles. I will be using BING more often now!

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  2. LisaLisa — May 9, 2013 @ 8:35 am (#)

    Wow, great post! I have seen those Bing commercials but I have to confess I never took any thought to Bing. I guess I will give Bing a try now! Love the pictures…Priceless!

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  3. CinnyBBS — May 9, 2013 @ 10:29 am (#)

    hahaha, I’ve seen those Bing commercials everywhere but haven’t used it yet. Maybe I should take a look!

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  4. Ashleigh — May 9, 2013 @ 10:30 am (#)

    I have not seen these commercials but I love that Microsoft is doing that! I often feel limited when Googling and jump over to Bing. I will most certainly be checking out the challenge with my next search. Love your photos as well.

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  5. Mariah — May 9, 2013 @ 10:48 am (#)

    I saw the challenge on TV too and admit that I was intrigued! I have played with it a bit just to see what I liked better! I just never remember to use Bing!

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  6. Joanne Erenberg — May 9, 2013 @ 11:33 am (#)

    I love bringing my kids up with a strong knowledge of nature too! I am the Den leader for my 2nd grader and I get them out exploring as much as I can. Just out of curiosity and skepticism I googled the Eastern Box Turtle and I had images to the left of my screen of the turtle. I think that Bing may be misinterpreting the results to make themselves look better by showing only a portion of the google screen. The image placement may be different but the images do appear on google as well.

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