Posts in "search-stuff"

Top 10 Reasons to Hate Google

The Motley Fool has a good article on the top 10 reasons why he hates google

here are points 4 and 5

4. Grab your tinfoil hat. In the words of Kurt Cobain, “Just because you’re paranoid don’t mean they’re not after you.” When the U.S. government demanded Google’s search results, many of us had probably been conveniently ignoring the fact that Google stores up our data in the first place. Of course, Google says that only machines, not humans, scan your data, and that’s only so Google can serve up targeted ads. But still, the idea that Google’s got a repository of what you search for — not to mention what you say and do by way of Gmail, Google Calendar, and the like — makes me wonder whether people might start worrying about what could happen if all of that data fell into the wrong hands.

5. Don’t bother rolling up your pant legs. For a sustainable competitive advantage, a company needs a deep moat to ward off encroaching competitors. But Google’s moat is only ankle-deep. Anybody could get into the game, and its competitors are established names with plenty of cash and resources to do battle. They’re doing just that.

Top 25 CIA Search Phrases

This is a cool little nugget. It is the top 25 terms used to search internally on the CIA’s website.

oviet analysis: 1647
ufo: 1066
iran: 690
cuba: 652
south africa: 457
assassination: 400
brazil: 367
iraq: 366
area 51: 364
soviet+analysis: 358
afghanistan: 352
bay of pigs: 323
jfk: 304
israel: 295
chile: 294
kennedy: 280
vietnam: 244
nicaragua: 231
france: 226
poland: 215
pbsuccess: 212
nato: 202
soviet: 198
korea: 175
turkey: 170

The Question is, DO YOU BELIVE IT???

Quintura Visual Search Engine

Not too long ago I posted my thoughts on why people should look towards other search engines and not rely so much on Google. Like the Ask.com commercial says “It’s not better, it’s just more popular.”

It’s a statement I couldn’t agree with more, there are other engines out there that will provide you with the results you want instead of a lot of fluff. One of those Engines is Quintura, but with a twist.

Quintura is a VISUAL search engine which you can see in this screenshot Visual Search. Unlike your every day engine Quintura pulls its results from a wide range search engines such as Yahoo!, MSN Search, Google, Technorati, and many more.

Quintura sort of uses the Ask.com technology of being able to refine your search with a single click, but in my opinion the execution is a better with Quintura.

Quintura is def one of those engines that could change the way YOU search. You can see a demo of Quintura Search in action here and here, but you should download the Quintura’s search client here and try it out for yourself.

Google Updating?

There is a big Google Update going on today. Rankings and Page Rank. Keep an eye on your SERPs and your toolbars.

ProBlogger reports

“I’ve also talked to a few Australian bloggers in the last few days who have noticed significant changes in google.com.au’s results and some UK based publishers who are noticing google.co.uk changes

Personally, I’ve noticed some of my sites see a nice PageRank update, although not EKR.com just yet 🙁

I’ll post anymore findings later as i hear them but WebMasterWorld has a discussion about it. Could this be something big? or just some minor updates.

Google is Broken. Open Your Mind to New Engines

Every day thousands of people try to solve the enigma that is the Google ranking algorithim. Well, today I am going on record saying that I think it sucks. Something has got to change there seems to be so much garbage it takes forever to filter through to find what you want. Here is an example.

I google’d ‘Exotic Hotels’ and here is a portion of the screenshot with the results. What is wrong with this picture?
Exotic Hotels
I would love to hear from Google why Best Freakin’ Western is at #11? Google has some serious issues which seem to be more and more evident lately.

I did the same search on Live.com (MSN Search) and Yahoo.com to see if it was a Google problem or all engines. Yahoo.com has decent results, but the nextag link at #2 really concerns me. Live.com had excellent results. I am going to try to get out of the google habit and use Live.com more. I emplore others to do the same.

Don’t settle for poor SERP (Search Engine Result Pages). Try out Live.com and Yahoo.com before going to Google for once. Don’t let Google get away with mediocrity.

Tell your friends, Blog it, hire a plane and sky write it… Search elsewhere!

VIVA LA REVOLUCION!!

Check Your Google Search History. Its Scary!

So my friend and I were playing around with Google search results and wondering why we were getting different results for simple phrases we searched on. After a few minutes I realized it was b/c of Google’s personalized search.

Personalized Search is a Google accounting setting that attempts adjust its search results based on search results you have clicked on before.

That is the good side of it.

Now for the bad. If you have a google account (gmail or one of google’s many other services) then you should check out the ‘Search History‘ link at the top of the Google homepage. This will show you in its entirety EVERY web search you have ever made on Google, broken down by day, subject, clicked on, searches with no clicks, total (mine was 4571) etc etc etc. That is just scary.

There is no need for that. Who actually goes back and looks at their search queries? at the bottom of the left hand page there is a ‘clear search history’ link. I cleared the entire history and paused all personalization services and history.

I know according to the Google privacy policy they still keep search logs, and maybe its just me, but removing this service at least from my sight makes me feel a lot better. Another reason to turn off the personalization service is, if any of you are a Search Account Manager, this may skew the results for your clients.

Google is getting more and more invasive and I don’t like it