The Bean featured as cover photo on Bing search engine

By Mugambi Mutegi
Tribune reporter

May 14, 2013

The Bean just got binged. 
People doing online searches Tuesday via Bing were being treated to a full-screen image of Cloud Gate, the official name of the glassy sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park as it reflects some of the city’s skyscrapers.

A “Like” button allows users to share the image with their Facebook friends. By 5 p.m. the Bean’s image had been shared more than 2,000 times on the social media website.

“We love Chicago and the Bean photo was selected because it’s beautiful and there’s some great facts and information about it that we could also promote via hotspots on the page,” said Stephanie Horstmanshof, senior managing editor of Bing, Microsoft’s search engine. 

Bing’s homepage images and videos are selected by an editorial team comprising photo editors, writers and producers who meet regularly to approve proposed images.

Most of the images are sent in from photograph agencies.

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