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Is Google going down the toilet?

I do a search and what do I get?%0D %0D More often than not, most of the first page looks like good old-fashioned spam. Everything there seems to be trying to sell me something.

by Anonymousreply 6611/10/2013

What I dislike most are the aggregators, which I call the "regurgitators." Bot-controlled websites basically vomit up the same stuff on Wikipedia and factual sites, but frame it around their annoying pop-up ad-filled crap sites.

I have an author friend who was interviewed in a few documentaries, and her name came up on a nude celebrity website. Of course, she never posed nude, but simply because she's listed on the Internet Movie Database, a website's data-sucking "info" listed her as a "celeb."

That's not Google's fault, it's just stupid when this shitty sites show up.

by Anonymousreply 107/25/2011

But it is Google's fault, R1, for not being able to sort out sites like that helpfully.

by Anonymousreply 207/25/2011

A few months ago Google announced an effort to eliminate these parasitic trash sites from searches, and there did seem to be an improvement for awhile. But I think the aggregators have found a new way in.

by Anonymousreply 307/25/2011

They also allow you to kill the content-farm stuff now, so you need never see anything from, for example, ever again.

You have to kill it yourself, but you can either kill a specific result, or an entire site.

by Anonymousreply 407/25/2011

there's a firefox plug-in for this problem

by Anonymousreply 507/25/2011

It's especially bad when you want to research a product that is mostly sold online. Everyone who sells it puts the same PR crap on their websites. Some products have learned to give a free sample to everyone who has a blog and agrees to post their propoganda. Add all the fake consumer reviews and you really have to work to find an unbiased assessment.

by Anonymousreply 607/25/2011

R4, How do you kill it?

by Anonymousreply 707/25/2011

Maybe it's just something they're testing. I'm looking right now and don't see it, but I have recently seen, next to the Google+ Like button, an icon that allows you to kill a particular site or result.

I know because I used it for something that lit up my malware detector like a Christmas tree.

by Anonymousreply 807/25/2011

What I hate is when you google a common word, which is also the name of a film, and the IMDB page for that film is almost always the first result.

by Anonymousreply 907/25/2011

OP, switch to Bing.%0D %0D I use Bing for image searches and always get MUCH better results (especially for porn stars and crap like that).%0D %0D Google Maps has started having a lot of issues for me, showing addresses in entirely the wrong places. Bing Maps never fails me (or at least hasn't yet).%0D %0D I've started using Bing for most things.

by Anonymousreply 1007/25/2011

As I just wrote in the other google thread, google lost all its usefulness for me when it eliminated the "search within a search" function. Now, it's impossible to do any legitimate research.

by Anonymousreply 1107/25/2011

Picture Search freezes on Google now plus the search results never update anymore. When I search a month later, I never find anything new.

I am using Ask and Bing more than ever these days.

by Anonymousreply 1207/25/2011

Picture search has major problems. When you get to the "Show More Results" button the thing locks up on me almost every time.

by Anonymousreply 1307/25/2011

R10 sounds suspiciously like a Microsoft plant - sorry if you're not. In my experience, Bing blows and is only getting worse. _____________________

Bing Test Ads within Organic Search Results

Monday, July 25, 2011, 5:08:11 AM

A Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) spokesperson has confirmed that it is running a test on its search engine, Bing, to trial adverts appearing within organic search results.

Compare to Google%E2%80%99s ads (for example), which are highlighted in yellow, the Bing ads are blended in with the search results, though still feature the words %E2%80%98Ads%E2%80%99 next to them.

by Anonymousreply 1407/25/2011

I'm not, and my experience is that bing runs rings around Google for maps and images, and I've just started using it for regular searchs and rarely have to fall back to google to find what I need.%0D %0D Ironically, the one thing I have to use google for is if I'm searching for help on .Net/C# coding ... ironic because Google seems to have MUCH better search results than Microsoft's Bing when it comes to Microsoft's own programming languages and development environments.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 1507/25/2011

[quote]Picture search has major problems.%0D %0D I've been noticing problems as well when searching for images - WTF happend to the "find similar images" link that used to be underneath pictures so that you could search for similar images from the same site???%0D %0D Google used to be good, but now they're fucking it up. Haven't they heard if it ain't broke, don't fix it?!

by Anonymousreply 1608/27/2011

Is there any search engine that is not an offshoot of Google? All the ones I am aware of (including Bing) use similar ways to sort the data. I want to bypass all these and go where I haven't been able to get in a long time.

by Anonymousreply 1708/27/2011

I hope someone has an answer, r17.

by Anonymousreply 1808/27/2011

[quote]there's a firefox plug-in for this problem

If it's Adblock Plus, it doesn't do much for Google search results.

by Anonymousreply 1908/27/2011

Bing is shit. The Microsoft shill is getting desperate.

by Anonymousreply 2008/27/2011

Why the fuck is Google fucking up their search engine? Why couldn't they just leave shit alone?

by Anonymousreply 2108/27/2011

Google is total shit now. When I search for clothing (using different keywords), the same fucking stores come up ALL THE TIME. When I search keywords for research work, the same results invariably come up now. If I search a health condition, the same sites/forums pop up. It's like they've closed to the door to internet content.

But what's a better alternative?

by Anonymousreply 2208/27/2011

I had terminal cancer, then I started using Bing. Now my doctor says I'm totally cured! I've started ballroom dancing lessons, and next month I'm going on a cruise of the Baltic with an underwear model I just met! %0D %0D THANKS, BING!

by Anonymousreply 2308/27/2011

On this date in 1998, Sergey Brin and Larry Page founded Google. They met in graduate school at Stanford and worked together on a couple of group projects. They got the idea for a search engine that ranks its results by their popularity, figuring that the most useful websites would also have the most "hits." It was a revolutionary idea, and it worked: Only three months later, PC Magazine reported that Google "has an uncanny knack for returning extremely relevant results," and named it the search engine of choice.

The behemoth nevertheless manages to maintain its sense of whimsy. Language choices include "Swedish Chef" and "Klingon." And since 2000, they have perpetrated a number of April Fools' Day hoax announcements: the search engine is powered by pigeons; they are planning to build a facility on the Moon; they are launching MentalPlex, mind-reading software to make searches more effective. Their 2006 hoax was the announcement of a new service, "Google Romance," because "dating is a search problem." One April Fools' Day announcement was no joke: the launch of Gmail in 2004.

The company is based in Mountain View, California, on a large campus they call the Googleplex, and it's often held up as an employees' paradise. Workers eat for free at any number of gourmet organic restaurants on-site. The company provides Wi-Fi-enabled shuttle buses from five Bay Area locations; for car commuters, they have an on-site oil changes and a car wash. They also have on-site barbers, massage therapists, language instructors, Laundromats, notaries, bookmobiles, and even doctors that provide free check-ups. They provide a $500 "take-out food" allowance to families with new babies. Employees may set their own hours and come to work during times of the day that they feel most productive; it's not uncommon to see a few night owls wandering the halls at three in the morning. Their Innovation Time Off policy encourages employees to spend up to 20 percent of their work time on projects that interest them. It benefits the company as well as the employee: In 2005, Vice President Melissa Mayer estimated that half of Google's new products have arisen as a result of Innovation Time Off.

by Anonymousreply 2409/04/2011

Did you know that you can get different search results back using Google on your machine vs using your friends?

If you don't clean your cache regularly Google uses this to determine what results to show you first in your search. Your friends may have different cookies and they would get different results.

You can use something like Duck-Duck-Go who doesn't do this if you don't want your results ranked for you.

by Anonymousreply 2509/04/2011

I use Bing for most things now. I got so sick of how google search (especially maps) just didn't work for me any more.%0D %0D And Google has clearly left behind it's "Do no evil" policy. It's rapidly becoming the new Microsoft, while Microsoft seems to be coming back from the land of the evil lame.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 2609/04/2011

I hate bing. It never brings up what I am looking for.

by Anonymousreply 2709/15/2011

I hear Google is an insatiable toilet bottom.

by Anonymousreply 2809/15/2011

Why does Google keep fucking everything up? When I you search for a celeb now, it now starts showing a mini-bio on the right side of the search results page. I don't need all this extra shit cluttering up the search results. If I was looking for a bio, I would have included "bio" in my search words. God, they are fucking everything up.

by Anonymousreply 2904/19/2012

I recently stopped using Google as my default search engine.

I no longer trust Google over privacy issues.

I am sure they will soon crash and burn, no doubt feeling the withdrawal of my voluminous search business.

I use Yahoo now.

I sleep better at night now.

by Anonymousreply 3004/19/2012

OP, about a week or two ago, google search results suddenly changed to a lot of the hits on the first page being, as you describe, spam or sales approaches or false hits or items sellings things.

I thought a virus or spyware had invaded my computer, and I thought I needed to run a maleware (or whatever it is called) to remove the virus or spyware from my computer.

OP, reading your post, is the first time I've heard that others are receiving the same spam and websites selling things from google searches as their results.

OP, I'm relieved to hear that it is not a problem in my computer, but it is new logorithims used by to produce search results.

I am so glad to hear that you experienced the same results, OP.

Today, though, the google searches seem to be back to normal, producing the same excellent results they always have, minus the spam and websites selling things.

by Anonymousreply 3104/19/2012

minus the spam and false hits

by Anonymousreply 3204/19/2012

They fucked up cache. It's not the same

by Anonymousreply 3304/19/2012

What's the next best search engine? Because I'm sick of all of this shit.

by Anonymousreply 3404/19/2012


by Anonymousreply 3504/19/2012

I'm liking 100 Search Engines. So far, none of the Yahoo / Google / Bing issues.

by Anonymousreply 3604/19/2012

I'm still made how they dropped the newspaper archive -- it used to be a great service. They still have...something.. but I am lucky to have use of my local library's on-line archive since google dropped the timeline and seemingly 80% of their previous content.

by Anonymousreply 3704/20/2012

There is a Google redirect virus going around. It takes you to ads and such. And I noticed the Cache option wasn't available anymore which lets you look at the webpage first before deciding whether to go to that site.

Am I understanding correctly that Google has changed its search results mechanism - which used to be the very best I used. I could find anything no matter how obscure.

by Anonymousreply 3804/21/2012

Google started before 1998.

Originally it was free and fast. Its competitors were selling priority space to customers, and Google blew them out of the water. When they were driven out of business, Google then started doing exactly what Excite and the others had done. In essence, Google as a corporation was just a predatory pricing scheme. Then, having gone public and become billionaires, they had to come up with actual business lines, which they did by cannibalizing and attacking other companies and startups.

If it hadn't been for the lousy contract EBay wrote which transferred hundreds of millions in cash from Meg Whitman's company to Google, they would have folded within a couple years of starting.

by Anonymousreply 3904/21/2012

What other search engines are there, really?

It seems like they all whore off Google. And, Bing uses a shitload of tracking cookies. I tried Bing a while back and then used "BleachBit" and "Bleachbit" brought up a shitload of Bing cookies. "Bleachbit is like CCleaner but stronger.

What virginal young search engine is out there? I am tired of it.

by Anonymousreply 4004/21/2012

All the Google employees on my Facebook feed are constantly shilling Google stuff, it is getting super annoying.

by Anonymousreply 4104/21/2012

[quote]All the Google employees on my Facebook feed are constantly shilling Google stuff, it is getting super annoying.

So they have to do this in exchange for the free food and all the other benefits of Googlopolis?

by Anonymousreply 4204/21/2012

Google continues to get worse by the month. When you use the video search engine most Youtube videos do not have a thumbnail image instead they have a written description. Videos from non-Youtube sites have thumbnails. High quality videos on Youtube no longer load fully instead they load in segments which means video grabbing software are ineffective.

by Anonymousreply 4304/21/2012

Google like the internet is nothing now but a paid ad service. This is unfortunately the very near future of the internet...corporate owned solely to generate corporate profits.

by Anonymousreply 4404/21/2012

I am also frustrated with Google search, once I typed in "William Burroughs and it kept giving me William Clinton. WTF?

I even thought they'd been hacked.

Other times, I've had similar problems.

But especially since I own some of their stock I'm a bit worried. The company is making many expensive missteps. Google+ included.

I still use it all the time but would jump ship if something better came along.

by Anonymousreply 4504/21/2012

Oh... and now they put pictures up of the products I'm researching...instead of the list with prices.

And the Image search is just weird.

by Anonymousreply 4604/21/2012

R45 The automatic fill-in function is way too fast. I've stopped typing in searches because before I finished typing Google would send me to the wrong search page. I have to type in the computer notepad and then copy and paste it into the search.

by Anonymousreply 4704/21/2012

I've gotten used to DuckDuckGo recently. It's not perfect, but definitely better than google, and they say they don't track or bubble you. It's even got the option to prevent searches from appearing in the address bar, which is what I miss most about Scroogle.

by Anonymousreply 4804/21/2012

Google recently seems to have changed the way in which the plus sign works in Google searches - apparently all bits now need to be in double quote marks.

For example:

[quote] "jo durie" +bristol

No results.

[quote] "jo durie" +"bristol"

4,390 results

by Anonymousreply 4904/21/2012

R49, wow that worked great. That is one big lady tennis player.

by Anonymousreply 5004/21/2012

I use GoodSearch ("powered by Yahoo"), which contributes to a charity of your choice whenever you search -- you can nominate charities that aren't already on their list. Yahoo isn't anything special, but it works fine for me & it's a painless way to raise a little money for a good cause.

by Anonymousreply 5104/21/2012

Google is going down, they just don't know it yet. Actually I know something that no one knows. I can't say it here, because it will be a surprise for google. Trust me when I say this will be the last time they update, and cause a mess for writers. Google is finished soon. I am saying the truth, if not may I die. This is how true it is. There is a surpise coming!

by Anonymousreply 5205/02/2012

R49, I have not heard the name Jo Durie in years. Thanks for the best chuckle in a long time. R33, I hate that you can't cache results anymore.

by Anonymousreply 5305/02/2012

From you lips to the internet gods ears 52.

by Anonymousreply 5405/02/2012 bitches

by Anonymousreply 5505/02/2012

How do you unlink your Youtube account from Google+? I can't delete the Google+ page until it's unhooked from Youtube and thanks to fucking Google, I can't figure out how to do that. All of the how-tos I've found don't work anymore.

I fucking hate Google.

by Anonymousreply 5611/09/2013

Bing is WORSE than Google when it comes to spam.

by Anonymousreply 5711/09/2013

another one for dogpile, while the front and back loading of ads on every page is annoying, they are easy to skip past

by Anonymousreply 5811/09/2013

Yahoo Search is powered by Bing now.

by Anonymousreply 5911/09/2013

I hope so. Just to see Google+ go away.

by Anonymousreply 6011/09/2013

I signed into my Google+ Dashboard last night and saw the icon for their picture sharing site Picasa so I click on it just to check the site out(never been there before)and not only had it created an account for me,but it had taken random photos from my emails and put them into a publicly accessible folder,some were porn photos from a Yahoo group I used to belong to so they had been there for at least a few months.Now I'm scared what else Google is doing without my permission.

by Anonymousreply 6111/09/2013

Google can suck my dick.

by Anonymousreply 6211/10/2013

Google grates my nerves now: - it's been clearly established by Edward Snowden's document that the NSA has open bar access to their servers (and also from other search engines and webmail providers, but it's really unfortunate when your motto is "Don't be Evil") - I've turned Safe Search Off but Google Image Search still think that my eyes should not be exposed to nudity (so now I use Bing Image if I want to see Jude Law's cock or any porn actor's cock and not a Nobel Price with the same name or a big "rooster". See link below) - They tweak the interface so often, that for once I believed that Google Cache had disappeared. Guess what? You had to click that little green arrow... - They think I'm challenged in my choice of keywords so they propose 3 or 4 results, and then the rest is "Results for Similar Searches" where they just scrap one or another of my keywords: Google when I type all these keywords, I mean everyone of them. Don't dumb down my request with irrelevant results. - And yes they also tweaked the search syntax so now +woofwoof does no longer mean that woofwoof cannot NOT be in the page, but that there must be an occurrence of "+woofwoof" with the plus sign ahead of woofwoof. - and so on...

by Anonymousreply 6311/10/2013

Google sucks, if you try to search video it only lists YouTube listing. Bing is much better for this search.

by Anonymousreply 6411/10/2013

And why the fuck do you HAVE to type something into the main search box before you can get to the button to do an advanced search? That's just one more fucking pointless step.

by Anonymousreply 6511/10/2013

I've decided to migrate from all of my Google accounts (to me, they're all separate even though Google refuses to accept this).

Is there a good alternative to Google Docs?

by Anonymousreply 6611/10/2013
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