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posted by hubie on Wednesday June 22, @12:20PM   Printer-friendly
from the I've-got-a-secret dept.

Over at The Atlantic, Charlie Warzel wonders if Google Search is becoming a victim of its own success:

In February, an engineer named Dmitri Brereton wrote a blog post about Google's search-engine decay, rounding up leading theories for why the product's "results have gone to shit." The post quickly shot to the top of tech forums such as Hacker News and was widely shared on Twitter and even prompted a PR response from Google's Search liaison, Danny Sullivan, refuting one of Brereton's claims. "You said in the post that quotes don't give exact matches. They really do. Honest," Sullivan wrote in a series of tweets.

Brereton's most intriguing argument for the demise of Google Search was that savvy users of the platform no longer type instinctive keywords into the search bar and hit "Enter." The best Googlers—the ones looking for actionable or niche information, product reviews, and interesting discussions—know a cheat code to bypass the sea of corporate search results clogging the top third of the screen. "Most of the web has become too inauthentic to trust," Brereton argued, therefore "we resort to using Google, and appending the word 'reddit' to the end of our queries." Brereton cited Google Trends data that show that people are searching the word reddit on Google more than ever before.

[...] Google has built wildly successful mobile operating systems, mapped the world, changed how we email and store photos, and tried, with varying success, to build cars that drive themselves. [...] Most of the tech company's products—Maps, Gmail—are Trojan horses for a gargantuan personalized-advertising business, and Search is the one that started it all. It is the modern template for what the technology critic Shoshana Zuboff termed "surveillance capitalism."

The article goes on at length about ruthless commercialism via ever-intrusive ads, constant tweaks to the search algorithm, and how different generations use the ubiquitous search engine.

Previously:
Google's Ad Business Could Finally Crack Open
Google Allegedly Hid Documents From Search Monopoly Lawsuit, DOJ Claims
EU and UK Open Antitrust Probe Into Google and Meta Over Online Ads


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  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @03:18PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @03:18PM (#1255371)

    Ma Bell used to give away large paper books full of phone numbers.

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday June 22, @03:28PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 22, @03:28PM (#1255375) Homepage Journal

    Yes, and I would need a small library dedicated to the phone books, if I were to keep every phone book for every town within 100 miles of my home. Whats more, the phone book would only give me the phone number. All that information on the business' home page is potentially useful, like the driving directions.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 24, @03:04PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 24, @03:04PM (#1255824)
    Which would be stupid nowadays where most people with phones have mobile phones.

    A website would be better nowadays.