Friday, May 18, 2007

Will Google be ever good again?

That is the question Donna Bogatin seems to be asking in wake of Google’s introduction of Universal Search, an idea first put forth by Altavista in the 90s when Altavista was considered the search champion.

Google’s Universal Search aggregates Google search results from video, local, news, and images.

Along with Donna, many will be asking this question: will Google Universal search provide the best answer on top as it reputedly does at present?

Another question that people will be asking is about the relevance of pagerank algorithms, organic search results and whether it is a retrograde step for Google – which started as a provider of clean, fast and accurate results, ending up as mish-mash of things.

Then there is the monopoly question: Donna questions Google’s monopoly-like behavior, changing search results when it wants, claiming to have the best search results, the idiosyncrasies of its adwords/adsense empire – in summary, Google is forcing all web site owners to play by its rules.

So, is this the tipping point for Google?



At 10:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said... by *it's* rules? Please elaborate on this. There ARE other search engines out there, and unlike Microsoft, Google doesn't force anyone to use them. Google earned their spot through hard work: providing top-notch results, and the UI is still clean even after all the new features that have been added. That's because Google actually has a real usability study group, unlike, say, Microsoft which just kind of throws shit together and hopes the paying public either won't notice or will adapt. Notice how all the other search engines started to copy Google's UI, right down to the selections of colors for search results!

So, the real question is, are you blaming people for playing by Google's (thoroughly unenforced) rules? Or, are you really trying to blame people for being SHEEPLE instead? It sounds like the latter, in retrospect.

I will continue to use Google because Google delivers results. And that's the sad and simple truth. A monopoly isn't bad as long as it's earned and respectful of its user-base.

At 12:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with what the last gentleman said Donna.

At 12:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Google is kicking it .

At 9:28 PM , Blogger Pramit Singh said...

I have nothing against Google.

In fact, it is my main tool to do research online.

However, isn't it fantastic considering the power Google has?


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