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 sb56637 on Thu 16th May 2013 14:02 UTC in reply to "I don't want"
sb56637
Member since:
2006-05-11

I don't even like how Google works now as I often search for this or that computing- and/or programming-related tidbit and Google has the tendency of ignoring most of my search query and returning completely irrelevant stuff [...] 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.


Yep, I've noticed the same thing recently. It's really irritating, it's like Google treats half my search terms as a typo, or as if the cat walked over the keyboard while I was searching. If I put four terms in my search query, I want ALL FOUR of them to be present in the results. I've found that it seems to work to enclose the "ignored" "terms" in "quotes" even if they are single words.

Come on Google. I know how to use a search engine. Don't try to second guess me every time, please.

Edited 2013-05-16 14:04 UTC

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RE[2]: I don't want
by Alfman on Thu 16th May 2013 16:30 in reply to "RE: I don't want"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

sb56637,

"Yep, I've noticed the same thing recently. It's really irritating, it's like Google treats half my search terms as a typo, or as if the cat walked over the keyboard while I was searching. If I put four terms in my search query, I want ALL FOUR of them to be present in the results. I've found that it seems to work to enclose the 'ignored' 'terms' in 'quotes' even if they are single words."

^ yes, this ^

I hate when results don't even include all my search terms; I put them in there for a reason. Sheesh!

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RE[3]: I don't want
by hackbod on Fri 17th May 2013 17:15 in reply to "RE[2]: I don't want"
hackbod Member since:
2006-02-15

Have you tried putting + in front of the words you want to always include? Plus there are a number of other operators you can use to control the search: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/136861

There is also this: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/1734130

And of course there is the advanced search form: https://www.google.com/advanced_search

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