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I'm just confused, I'm defending Google on this one. Yes, search result quality has been affected in some ways, with some types of searches. Do I see this degradation in my general day-to-day use of Google as a search engine? Not much. To vet my next statements: I'm a .NET developer. I spend 8 hours a day or more on my development workstation, and more time on my personal computers, and this is my observation. Most of what I have noticed is centralized around product searching. If I'm looking for something relatively popular, or very general, I tend to get more of the "scraper" type sites. This is something I see on all search engines though. Just an example... or a few: Today, looking for a way to use the OnStar system in my vehicle via bluetooth (way cool by the way). The Search: http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GPCK_enUS410US410&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=onstar+bluetooth Very good results, and I found exactly what I was looking for. Next, looking for a way to connect to an X session on an android phone. The Search: http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GPCK_enUS410US410&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=android+display+x+via+ssh+tunnel Found what I was looking for without trouble. Some programming things: Looking for a reference on the "RenderBeginTag" for writing server controls in ASP.NET. The Search: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&client=ubuntu&channel=cs&ie=UTF-8&q=RenderBeginTag Good results, found exactly what I was looking for. Looking for a refresher on how to serialize an object to XML. The Search: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&client=ubuntu&channel=cs&ie=UTF-8&q=serializing+object+in+.net You guessed it, found exactly what I was looking for. Lastly, looking for a quote from the late and great George Carlin. The Search: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&client=ubuntu&channel=cs&ie=UTF-8&q=George+Carlin+The+Public+Sucks Wow, found it. ----- And that's just a *very* small sample of my searches for the day. Granted, there wasn't much in the way of product searching in my examples, but I don't think Google is all that great for that. There are better tools: epinions, Amazon, etc. Is the OP correct? Yes. Google does need to do their best to promote original content and provide accurate results. Do scrapers suck? Yes, and we have a right to complain about them. All I'm saying is: it's not bad. Google does what it can and they do a great job. Oh and the public sucks. :)
Commented Jan 6, 2011 on
Trouble In the House of Google
Trouble In the House of Google
Let's look at where stackoverflow.com traffic came from for the year of 2010. When 88.2% of all traffic for your website comes from a single source, criticizing that single source feels … risky. And perhaps a bit churlish, like looking a gift horse in the mouth, or saying something derogato...
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