Comments on: In search of Google’s dark side Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: Nullcorp Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:16:49 +0000 @americanguy, not every search term is game for the “big boys.” Search terms such as “airplane tickets” might be a hotly contested space but there is much, much more information in the world, discoverable via Google, than the limited world of commerce implies.

However the “tricks” you speak of are a real problem, though not for the reasons you suggest. Search results for many terms are clogged with spam. Google does not take money for these results, and in fact, they tweak their algorithms to fight back against this manipulation. When people can’t find what they’re looking for, it reflects badly on the company. However, these types of worthless results are generally only a problem if you use generic queries. Searching for “shoes” or “clothes” on Google is pointless. You have to search with some degree of specificity, you have to have a good idea of what you’re looking for.

So you can stop using Google if you’d like but AOL, Yahoo, Bing, and every other alternative search engine is mst likely engaged in questionable tactics as well. They are public companies, not public utilities, and they have a responsibility to investors and shareholders to turn a profit.

By: americanguy Mon, 07 Jan 2013 16:53:35 +0000 Google searches are rigged, everyone knows that. The searches shut out the little guys in favor or the big boys who pay big money for search position. Tricks are also used to take you to web sites that do not even sell what you want, even though the search result showed they do have exactly what you want.
But when you have as much money and power as Google, and so many wealthy investors have money tied up in you, you can do as you please and no one will touch you.
It’s anarchistic capitalism at its best.
It is up to web users to stop using google and show we are not fools or suckers.

By: daylyte Sat, 05 Jan 2013 00:51:58 +0000 wow! kool-aide anyone?

By: reality-again Fri, 04 Jan 2013 20:54:58 +0000 As an advertiser with Google for many years, I’ve noticed the following:
1. Google’s search results are often so irrelevant and blatantly tweaked by search engine optimization (SEO) and Google’s own shenanigans that it’s clear that the search algorithm producing them has become outdated and dysfunctional. Years ago, that algorithm may have sounded like a good idea in an ideal Internet world viewed from a computers lab in Princeton, but today it’s failing in the real world.
2. Google is a rapacious and arrogant company. “Do no evil”? – Forget about it. Google tries to make money any way it can, whether it’s ethical or not. I’ve rarely seen a company that’s so disinterested in what its customers think about it. Google would never apologize or admit a mistake, although their technology is far from being perfect, and their attitude far from being fair. If Google wasn’t a monopoly in web search I would have stopped advertising with them years ago.
3. Last but not least: Google doesn’t care too much about the Internet experience of the common person. This is their main weakness, and that’s where they’re going to get hit, eventually.