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[–] GoatyMcGoatface 0 points 64 points (+64|-0) ago 

Just in case this isn't trolling:

Google search has been getting progressively worse for the majority of my life. I'm almost thirty.

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[–] stillinit [S] 3 points 30 points (+33|-3) ago 

People aways misunderstand every body I swear... I'm very aware Google has become shit over the years. But their search results were always spot on, the best. As evil they are thats a fact. But I've been noticing lately search has become absolute shit.

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[–] RonaldMcShitlord 1 points 21 points (+22|-1) ago 

As people get better at manipulating results, results start degrading quickly.

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[–] ClandenCTrake 1 points 17 points (+18|-1) ago 

Been saying this for years. I suspect theyve put me on some list due to them disagreeing with something i said and now i get shitty results

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[–] Alopix 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

Recently I've noticed a return of sites that just take the crawler's POST request and auto-generate a shallow spam page for it, often stealing text from other websites. A few years ago Google had an initiative to specifically target sites like this and de-rank them, and it worked for a little while. Now they're back; they come up near the top too, like google's anti-SEO shit has been completely cracked again.

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[–] nonservator 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

It's literally been years since they started deliberately choosing to give me explicitly what I said I don't want. When I saw there was no longer any choice to get exactly what I wanted and nothing else, I said Fuck Google.

"if they can't even get search right, who would trust them with anything more?"

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

It's not just enough to say fuck Google...fuck YouTube, too. Don't click on YT links, or at least use something that strips their revenue.

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[–] Knights_of_the_14 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

From what I've seen is that with this neural network and machine learning, is that it is generating real data that is most certainly not politically correct. These companies are trying to find a way to do both but it's going absolutely horribly.

It's like trying to solve x + y = 5 but I set x and y to both be 5

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[–] fluffyunbound 0 points 43 points (+43|-0) ago 

I have found that two things in particular have destroyed Google Search in the last couple of years:

  1. That hummingbird crap destroyed the entire concept of a Boolean search. You can get a little better results if you go into Tools and choose a verbatim search. Nothing like it was years ago, though - to defeat the SEO guys, Google killed itself.

  2. The Image results tab (I don't mean Image Search, which is actually getting better) has been utterly destroyed by Pinterest. Fuck you, Pinterest. Now instead of images of the thing I've searched for, I get EVERY image from the Pinterest of some dumb bitch who LIKES the thing I've searched for. I would gladly see every Pinterest employee burn to death in the street.

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

Couldn't agree with you more on the pinterest point

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[–] green_man 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

It depends on what you search for. Anything political will have a heavy slant against anything "conservative", anti muslim (read paints those goat fuckers in a bad light), or anti-globalist. The list goes on, but you get the picture. For technical stuff that hasn't been politicized yet they still seem to be the best.

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[–] green_man 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I see this as well, but I have history disabled and I assume you do as well. I would like to hear your alternative search method that provides better results so I could give it a try.

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

This actually happened with something I wrote on stackexchange. They put in a big box at the top an irrelevant part of my post as an answer to something else.

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[–] jxfaith 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

I remember about five or so years ago, Google declared that it was working to become a decision engine rather than a search engine. They mentioned reading in to the meaning behind a search rather than the literal terms entered. Ever since, error code searching became increasingly difficult, as did searching for obscure information based on the content of specific sub strings. I moved on to other providers ever since.

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

what the fuck is a decision engine?

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[–] jxfaith 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Bing made a big fuss about it at around the same time. I can't seem to find many articles except referring to Bing's use of the term (perhaps recency bias or else I'm mistaken) but the gist is to move past the content of a query in an effort to assess the intent of a query, aiming to provide results which assist with the intent behind the query. Such an engine produces dramatically different results for a query compared to a simple search engine because it's attempting to construe a meaning behind words rather than attempting to yield pages which match a query.

For the average user that is poorly versed in structuring the content of a search query to return specific results, an engine which attempts to assess the intent of a query might yield better results. For anyone that knows how to use keywords and explicit quotes, it greatly reduces the specificity of results.

Add recency bias on to that and you get the unfortunate memory hole phenomenon.

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[–] 8942061? 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

when it sees you searching for a red pill, it drowns you in blue pills and "fact checks" to help you from straying outside of the acceptable narrative.

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[–] Amadameus 1 points 13 points (+14|-1) ago 

It's not just you.

I remember Google Images being much, much better a few years ago.

DuckDuckGo is a good alternative, although it's not perfect I can usually count on it to provide more detail-oriented results. Google tends to give me businesses and services related to my search instead of what I was actually searching for.

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[–] flyawayhigh 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Google images have always stunk. I don't normally use Yahoo, but they do a nice job with images (and with finance).

I use Google ONLY when I want specific Google content -- like Google Books. For everything else, I use other search options.

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[–] Amadameus 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I remember back in the 2000-2010 range they were pretty good. Things took a nosedive really quickly as Google unveiled some policies regarding IP and copyright law.

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

Try DroidIris in the Google store if you have an android phone. It used to be good. Hold on... installing again. Will report back... (Still seems to deliver.)

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[–] Disappointed 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Are you logged in or being fingerprinted maybe? Maybe you are suffering from their bubble technology. Try out https://startpage.com and compare searches and see if you get better results. I see someone suggested duckduckgo but startpage gets its results from google mostly without you being tracked(at least by google).

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[–] MCVoat 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

I've been pretty happy with startpage. Noshill.

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[–] Devious1 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

DuckDuckGo > fuckfuckno.

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[–] dingomeat 2 points 2 points (+4|-2) ago 

duckduckgo is owned by a data selling jew named gabriel weinberg

bing is owned by microsoft

use searx.me.

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

searx.me seems to be censored, too. (bing isn't)

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

yes, this, searx.me

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

Although I support what DuckDuckGo is doing and have made them my start page, it's objectively worse than google :/ It's rare that what I'm looking for is on the first page, even when it's something as simple as a local restaurant.

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

The reason I prefer ddg is their bangs. It lets you use other search engines, and even search specific websites.

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[–] Live_Free_Or_Die 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Algorithm has changed to favor paid vs. organic. (I work for an agency).

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[–] 123_456 1 points 10 points (+11|-1) ago 

NOPE. It's not just you. I've noticed this too, and have complained. But I can't get any explanations.

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