In an effort to make the users' search experience better, Bing has launched a new search feature called- Editors' Picks. This feature will furnish the users with a list of Editors' Picks for the searched query.
Do not think that the Editors' Picks will have any effect on the ranking or relevance of ordinary search results. The feature will have no impact on ranking at all, in fact, it will offer a different angle on search- those results will be featured that have been chosen by editors rather than any algorithm.
As Bing says, “We’re launching Bing Editors’ Picks. Editors’ Picks were designed to enhance Bing results by bringing editorially selected sites to your search experience. Our goal, whether delivered by algorithm or by editors, is to help you find what you’re looking for faster and to get stuff done.”
With the new feature, at present 140 topics have been chosen ranging from “Free E Books” to “Photo Editing.” Now searchers looking for any of the 140 topics will see a set of editorial picks and a new option at the top that links into the specially made page for the topic. The link will be in the top-rail and will read "editors' picks," in standard searches, while in the case of instant answers, it will show the entry at the top of the search page.
The editors' page has visual navigation and brief descriptions for the selected sites. As of now, there is no clarity on how the pages were selected by the editors.
This has led to speculations whether the editors won't favor any content (be it from Bing or advertisers). What do you think of this feature? Will editors do a better job than algorithms?