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[–] DanielKurlan 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I think you'll find this behaviour is now typical from Google.
They have a very useful yet slightly niche feature in a product which they remove in an update, any attempt to get an answer about the missing feature from Google will be met with "We care and are looking into the issue" when in reality they could give a fuck.
Off the top of my head I can think of some examples:
Edge swiping to switch tabs removed in Chrome(android), Stop download button on youtube removed, Removed swiping to archive in Gmail app on android.

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[–] nonservator [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yeah, the bullshit PR-speak pisses me off as much or more than their removal of the choice.

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[–] 4EnglandJames 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Google's "related" Broad matches have been extended to the point uselessness:

http://i.imgur.com/QyaVuQI.png

If their motto wasn't Orwellian enough, "Smallest" = "Biggest"

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[–] TheBaconFromHell 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I would like to see some youtube related posts in /fuckgoogle/ thanks

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[–] nonservator [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Now that you mention it, I'll explicitly add that to my news searches. I don't often see Youtube mentioned since the uproar over the Google+ account linkage. Also, just so you know, if you download videos from Youtube instead of loading their pages in a browser, you'll never see any connections with the mysterious 1e100.net (see discussion in earlier posts).

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[–] KiltedKen 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

From this page: Punctuation, symbols and operators in search, it says this issue is a "feature".

>Even though the symbols below are supported, including them in your searches doesn’t always improve the results. If we don't think the punctuation will give you better results, you may see suggested results for that search without punctuation.

many formatting edits

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[–] nonservator [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

To me, it's a bug. Those sentences there from Goog are not trying to communicate useful information, they are a murderous abuse of language.

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[–] SCphotog 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Log out of any Google account you might have. Clear your cache/cookies. Install a Google analytics (Google Disconnect) blocker for your browser... disallow or block cookies from google dot com... and AMAZINGLY Google search will work again. When I say "work"... I mean that you'll get far more relevant results than otherwise.

Same for youtube. All those 'suggested' content types in the right pane go away when Google isn't sure who you are. There are still, suggested videos, but they'll seemingly be based on what you happen to be watching in the moment (logical) rather than on your Google assembled dossier.

Note that this might work even better if you go to a coffee shop or otherwise obfuscate your IP address. Google knows what your IP is too after all.

Also... worth noting that you probably can't completely hide yourself from google even when taking these somewhat extreme actions because your ''fingerprint' on the net... otherwise known as your "User Agent String" is still there. You can obfuscate or otherwise 'spoof' that too... but Bejesus ! Who the hell has time for all that??

This really does work... it's fairly amazing to see the difference in search results for either site, Google itself or youtube.

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[–] nonservator [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

All good points. Also supposedly, startpage or ixquick (can't remember which) uses anonymized El Goog under the hood. And if you've already taken all those steps, spoofing your user agent isn't any more work.

Me personally, they pissed me off too badly for me to ever touch their poop again. Even as the rest of the net says "let's rely ever more on the big boys", I refuse. If El Goog was the only source of broadband, I'd go with carrier pigeons.

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[–] SCphotog 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I use duckduckgo for 95% of my searches, but I watch a good bit of youtube videos... as I mentioned I keep it as much on the 'down low' as I can... but there's really no 'reasonable' way to remain completely hidden, and still use the internet.

You can't even get through Voat's registration without using Google's captcha integration... that simultaneously, helps Google's AI learn image recognition.

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[–] mnemosyne-0000 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Archive links for this post:


I am Mnemosyne, goddess of memory. I remember so you don't have to.

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[–] kchmiel 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

Probably doesn't mean much for you US guys, but the regional search settings are completely whack and have been so for a few years now.

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[–] Gnostech 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

naw, I use a proxy regularly and see that all the time

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[–] ExcraMernaise1488 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

still sucks less than anything else

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[–] nonservator [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

If it works for you, great. Knock yourself out.

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[–] nurebeat 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Does it really though? Sucks less than Startpage? DuckDuckGo? Bing?