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Google’s Dominance Is Your Reward

If you have been paying attention to Tech news you will have noticed that the #1 and #2 Search players have been been making bids to buy the #3 player, Yahoo!

Essentially, Microsoft “Live” Search tried to buy up Yahoo! to better compete with Google’s undisputed #1 (and get advertisers back onboard).

That plan didn’t work. And now Microsoft is offering a rewards program to get more people to use MSN as their search engine (thus, today’s title).

“Sign up to start earning great perks just for searching!

Sign up for SearchPerks! and start earning tickets towards exciting prizes whenever you search the Web – up to 25 tickets per day. It’s free, easy tCaptureo use, and your tickets accumulate as fast as you can search.*

And because SearchPerks! is brought to you by Microsoft Live Search, you know you won’t compromise quality while earning rewards.

Be sure to sign up before the registration deadline on December 31, 2008—the sooner you sign up, the more opportunity you have to earn tickets!”

I saw the ad for SearchPerks on my Hotmail page, and it includes a link, or you can click here to sign up.
Sign up and get 500 “bonus tickets”.

It smacks of desperation to me.

[note: to earn tickets, you must use Internet Explorer when you search, and download a small data collecting app.]

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  1. […] unknown wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptIf you have been paying attention to Tech news you will have noticed that the #1 and #2 Search players have been been making bids to buy the #3 player, Yahoo! Essentially, Microsoft “Live” Search tried to buy up Yahoo! to better compete with Google’s undisputed #1 (and get advertisers back onboard). That plan didn’t work. And now Microsoft is offering a rewards program to get more people to use MSN as their search engine (thus, today’s title). “Sign up to start earning great perks just for searching! Sign up for SearchPerks! and start earning tickets towards exciting prizes whenever you search the Web – up to 25 tickets per day. It’s free, easy to use, and your tickets accumulate as fast as you can search.* And because SearchPerks! is brought to you by Microsoft Live Search, you know you won’t compromise quality while earning […] […]

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  2. Hey Paul,

    Those of us who prefer running FireFox, as our Internet Browser, are apparently out of luck. A condition of signing up for this scheme of Microsoft’s is the use of Internet Explorer.

    Sounds to me as if MS is feeling the heat from the alternative Browser market, as well as Google.

    BM

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    Comment by Bill Mullins | October 26, 2008 | Reply

  3. Mr. Mullins–
    Yes, you are correct; a condition for earning these “tickets” is that you use IE when you search. I will alter my article to reflect this fact.

    Yes, I agree with your analysis as well. As you probably know, Microsoft is not the undisputed computing “monopoly” it once was. It has lost “market share” in every area.. with the possible exception of the enterprise server OS.

    I actually think recent Microsoft offerings are better than what they were producing, but for a long time they stagnated and let others develop better products (which they would then buy up and slap the Microsoft logo on).
    Now, Microsoft needs to revamp its pricing structure– drastically.
    $200 for Office?! What for? Open Office and Google Docs are free! Just my humble opinion..

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    Comment by techpaul | October 26, 2008 | Reply

  4. Paul,

    Now all we have to do is wait for someone to write a script that will do an endless and unattended loop of searches using MSN search engine and IE (LOL)… Wonder what the rewards will be?

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    Comment by Rick | October 27, 2008 | Reply

  5. Rick–
    I have not signed up for SearchPerks! and installed the little applet that goes along with it, so I don’t know this for certain, but I suspect there’s a chaptcha involved to (try to) prevent such an abuse.

    However you’re absolutely correct in your premise– if there is a ‘system’, someone will go to a lot of effort to try to find a way to “work the system” for their own gain. (And I have heard that Microsoft is a favorite target of the tech-savvy of this type!)

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    Comment by techpaul | October 27, 2008 | Reply


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