Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th May 2013 23:03 UTC
Google "During its Keynote today, Google announced new features coming to its flagship search function - you know, that thing we all started using Google for. VP Amit Singhal spent some time discussing what Google's search functionality will eventually morph into. Google's strategy is summarized by three words: answer, converse, and anticipate. Singhal explained that many of the pieces of these upcoming changes can already be seen in products that Google has recently introduced - namely, Google Knowledge Graph and Google Now, with perhaps a splash of Google Glass, too." I hold on to my hat every time Google changes Search. It's such a vital product in my daily life.
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RE: I don't want
by WorknMan on Thu 16th May 2013 02:04 UTC in reply to "I don't want"
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

I am afraid the abovementioned trend will only get worse, that Google's search will even more strongly dumb down its results and aim for pleasing the general populace at the expense of real accuracy. Alas, I am not aware of any better a service to use, either. If I could afford it I would run my own database-like search-engine and open it to the public.


Yeah, I get the impression (esp from I/O) that Google will present you with information based on data they have gathered about you, and also based on what your friends have liked and commented on. It's basically the industry's continued assault on power users, where they attempt to remove as much control as possible from the end user. This is probably not malice on their part, but just an attempt to satisfy your average tech tard, who would rather trade convenience for accuracy.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing, except that the rest of us who want a little more control get alienated. Living in the Google ecosystem is like having a plane that always flies on auto pilot with no manual control, that only guesses where you want to go next, and you can never tell it otherwise. It's like on G+ - you have very little control over what information gets presented to you. About the only thing you can do is to adjust a slider that will let you see just a little more/less of your Streams' content. They have this nifty new hash tag feature, but notice there's no ability to blacklist certain hashtags, nor can you set up keyword blacklist filters.

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RE[2]: I don't want
by WereCatf on Thu 16th May 2013 02:42 in reply to "RE: I don't want"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

This is probably not malice on their part, but just an attempt to satisfy your average tech tard, who would rather trade convenience for accuracy.


Just to clarify: no, I don't attribute this to malice at all, I attribute it to simply Google trying to appeal to the unwashed masses who do not have the patience to actually formulate exactly what it is that they want. But being forced in this bubble with no way out is just aggravating and I would hope for a remedy in one form or another.

As a side-note: I happened to check the comments on Ars Technica about this same story and it seems quite a few geeks and power-users echo my sentiment. I wonder if some company sooner or later figures this would be a nice niche to step in to.

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RE[3]: I don't want
by gan17 on Thu 16th May 2013 03:20 in reply to "RE[2]: I don't want"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Hmm, I dunno.

I'm never signed into my Google account when I do searches, nor do I have a G+ - well, technically I do, since it comes with a Google/Gmail account now, just never used it - and my search results have been the same as they always were.

I'm probably losing out on some added functionality and location based crap, but I don't think the results are any worse than before.

Perhaps "power users" just shouldn't sign in, or maybe it's got something to do with "Do Not Track" (or equivalent functionality) being enabled on my browser?

The only small Google-related annoyance that didn't exist before are those weekly "People you might know on G+" messages/emails I get, but that's not a problem pertaining to Search, at least I don't think it is.

Edited 2013-05-16 03:23 UTC

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