Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Dec 2012 22:03 UTC
Google A change to anything related to Google Search - the product so many of us rely on - is never going to go by unnotoced. This time around, Google has altered Image Search for US users to alter the way it handles that ever so important aspect of the web - adult content.
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Google is not the internet
by thesunnyk on Thu 13th Dec 2012 00:08 UTC
thesunnyk
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Google is a search engine. It is not a portal for the internet, even though people tend to use it as one. I think many (most?) Google searches will be for URLs where people forget to type ".com" at the end.

I find myself using Google remarkably little. Most of it would be a lazy way to do Wikipedia search, and some that Wolfram Alpha would do better. Ironically, I use it most for shopping (which Google would make good money on), but I think a lot of people would instinctually head to ebay. Nowadays, many large websites have enough clout to stand on their own. There's no reason to believe that you wouldn't find out about a great big list of porn via Reddit or something.

The biggest problem for me personally with Google is self-censorship: When I'm at work I need to think twice before typing something into Google, even benign stuff, lest it be something sex related (Eiffel Tower, Lemon Party). If you think of Google as the gatekeeper for the internet, then yeah this will concern you, but for most of us, we can get links via Twitter or Delicious or Reddit or a plethora of other services, and I suspect it won't make a single bit of difference.

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