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Author Topic: blogpost: 25 Things I Hate About Google, Revisited 5 Years Later  (Read 4370 times)

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Five years ago, I wrote a story called “25 Things I Hate About Google.” (...) I thought it was worth revisiting that story on its five year anniversary, to see how many of those “hates” have been fixed.
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In my story below, I’ll provide what I originally wrote and how the situation looks today. Each section will begin “Hate” if things haven’t changed, “Love” or “Like” if there’s been a fix, and there are some “Mixed” and “N/A” along the way.

This article reaffirms my general, vague dislike for google search. I have not really compared google to my favorite search engine duckduckgo. But DDG feels much better than google search.

It's quite an exhaustive revisit, but there is a scorecard at the end, so you don't have to read the whole thing :)

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Re: blogpost: 25 Things I Hate About Google, Revisited 5 Years Later
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2011, 07:25:51 AM »
There is another post favoring duckduckgo over google search over at cybernetnews.

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Re: blogpost: 25 Things I Hate About Google, Revisited 5 Years Later
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2011, 01:04:07 PM »
Wait, DDG uses Bing search results (according to that article)??

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Re: blogpost: 25 Things I Hate About Google, Revisited 5 Years Later
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2011, 03:05:44 PM »
So it would seem:
Where do you get your results?

From over 30 sources, including DuckDuckBot (our own crawler), crowd-sourced sites (in our own index), Yahoo! "BOSS", "embed.ly", "WolframAlpha", "EntireWeb", "Bing" & "Blekko".

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Re: blogpost: 25 Things I Hate About Google, Revisited 5 Years Later
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2011, 03:26:21 PM »
Suddenly I care much less about DDG. Thought they were doing something truly new, but turns out they're largely just an aggregator basically. I wonder how much DuckDuckBot actually contributes...

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Re: blogpost: 25 Things I Hate About Google, Revisited 5 Years Later
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2011, 04:25:22 PM »
Wait, DDG uses Bing search results (according to that article)??

And Bing uses Google Search results...

Let's see if I remember my math correctly: If A => B and B => C then A => C.


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Re: blogpost: 25 Things I Hate About Google, Revisited 5 Years Later
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2011, 04:44:18 AM »
Anyone for Scroogle ?
Anyone for Ecosia - (The green search) ?

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Re: blogpost: 25 Things I Hate About Google, Revisited 5 Years Later
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2011, 05:23:24 AM »
Bing is not using google's algorithm that's why bing managed to survive the panda update. Panda update to new google algorithm made the search quality worst. Still google claims that bing copies their results but i don't see it that way, bing is still relevant whereas google is mobbed by ehow/about.com results. About.com and ehow made pages to generate pageviews with literally 1-5% of useful information and rest is crap.

Try this for example, 'phoenix haiku' in both google and bing. Bing gives you result for exact poetry/haiku related searches. Google gives you map of haiku restaurant and few other vague places on the internet that has nothing to do with meaning of haiku.

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Re: blogpost: 25 Things I Hate About Google, Revisited 5 Years Later
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2011, 08:58:07 PM »
Anyone for Scroogle ?
Anyone for Ecosia - (The green search) ?

I use Scroogle as my default search engine, but I don't like how it breaks some of the useful Google search tools.

i.e. "define: [word]" doesn't work. Neither do conversions like "8 cups in fluid ounces" or "9 USD in EUR" when using Scroogle. So sadly, Scroogle isn't really "just Google, but without all the tracking."