It's been about five years since I've noticed google going downhill - more and more, rather than signal, I get noise in the search results, and that is what it's all about.
1. The companies who pay for sponsored ads are clearly wasting money, when I search for one thing, and explicitly try to filter out
some of the alternatives that they put in... and get, both in search results and sponsored ads the thing I'm filtering. For example,
I look for, linux parted -windows, and the third or fourth hit, in the visible paragraph, is talking explicitly about windows. Or the
time, about a year and a half ago, I was looking for men's high leather boots -womens -ladies, and saw a sponsored ad where
the text read real leather women's boots....
2. They've taken away some of the search tools - I assume you have to be logged in just to use them? - and still ignore
things I say I don't want. Why, for example, if I want English results, do I see *anything* that is, presumably, either
Asian or Hindi?
3. Finally, when I add quotes - and they respect them (which is not always the case), I simply don't believe that I get no results
for some searches
mark, trying to find something as good as google was five years ago