Bing Windfall? Facebook Testing Web Search Box

If the report by - an unofficial watchdog of all things Facebook - is true, the company's addition of a web search box at the top of their pages could give Bing a windfall of searches soon.

UPDATE: Facebook Issues statement search box is not theirs - must be malware. (See full statement below pictured addition through malware).

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"We are not testing the placement of a separate web search field and have no plans to do so. We believe the second search field or "Search the Web" box appeared on peoples' accounts as the result of unknown actions by a third party targeting the browser (potentially a browser plugin or malware) unrelated to Facebook.

If people think their browser may have been affected by malware, we offer a remediation process which includes a free browser-based virus scanning tool built by McAfee. Users are required to run this Scan and Repair tool and clean their machines of malware before accessing their account."

"Given that Facebook is looking to ramp up their revenue as they near an IPO, a dramatic search deal between Facebook and Microsoft would not be out of the question," the blog noted.

No doubt Bing would pay a serious amount of money for access to the 500 million plus members' search queries when using Facebook. It is this type of deal that would dramatically increase Bing's market share of search.

Between the addition of Questions to help let friends answer questions you may go to Google to find answer, this test box must be a serious shot across the Google bow.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.