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Re: Replacement for Google Search

Wolf K wrote:
The problem with Google is very simple. They put on top of the search results what they wish.

Actually, it's an algorithm that ranks websites by popularity. The more hits, the more popular. The list is modified by your search history. This creates a dumb circle, since fewer than 5% of searchers go beyond the first page, and 80% don't go past the first half-dozen hits or so.

One of the fundamental premises of Google is "what you're looking for is probably what most others are looking for". That's obviously evolved, and that's where things like Search Engine Optimization come in, to influence Google's algorithms.

Actually part of the algorithms are also based on what Google can figure out about you, the user. The more the algorithms know about you, the more they can anticipate what you're looking for, and how they determine "relevance" in their search results ordering.

The problem with this is that if you're looking for something that doesn't fit the algorithm's assumptions and conclusions, then you may not find what you're looking for, at all.

If you look the promotional material for DuckDuckGo, they write some about the potential problems of the "Google Bubble", in that you can end up being insulated from stuff that doesn't fit.

One of the things that I miss about the old AltaVista engine was the ability to specify my own ordering of results (as well as granular Boolean search options), to have better control. But unfortunately, everybody is pretty much following Google's lead.

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