For those of you new to this WordPress site, this site is about me and my writing – and a little about my role-playing, as well. It gives readers a chance to sample my work before purchasing it on the Kindle store; and gives me the chance to say a little about the genesis of each novel, or about the process of writing in general.
When Did Google Become So Crap?: as a novelist I research things a lot. I don’t need as much research as somebody writing factual books, of course. But I still need to look up certain historical details. And I don’t want any anachronisms (unless those anachronisms are on purpose).
I have a research library for such things, one which I have built up over many years. I have mentioned building up such research libraries in posts past. But, sometimes, I cannot find the information which I need in the books which I own, and I am forced to look on the internet for what I need.
I haven’t used Google for some time. One of the reasons was that I found that other search engines were slightly better; and as I am not on the internet myself I search on a friend’s computer, and he is not a big fan of Google. So for the last couple of years I have used search engines such as Bing and DuckDuckGo. I have found both of those two produced, in general, the results which I needed, and I did not have to wade through page after page of crap to find what I was looking for.
Recently, though, I checked out something using Google, just to see what Google was like, as I had heard that they had changed their algorithms of late, and I thought that maybe I would find that they had become indispensable. Isn’t that the reason why you fiddle around with algorithms in the first place?
Except that Google was crap. I did the same search for what I was after on both Bing and DuckDuckGo, and what I was looking for was result one, on page one, of both of those search engines. But I couldn’t find it on Google. I searched down. But I gave up after not finding it in the first twenty pages of crap. Maybe it was buried on page one hundred or something. But who has the time to go down that far, wading through page after page of commercial sites?
Google now, apparently, is about putting commercial sites first; especially ones which they own, rather than, necessarily, the information which people are after. I understand that the European Union is investigating this, thinking that Google – who have a near monopoly of people using search engines – are not operating fairly, as far as markets are concerned.
The issue is not just about whether Google is favouring its commercial friends and other owned companies, though. It should be about whether it is effective as a search engine, and I don’t think that it is, anymore. I know a friend who runs a site which depends on traffic coming in to be successful, and he seems to spend all of his time working on his site in an attempt to improve his ranking on Google. But I am not going to do that, even though Google has made me all but invisible. I suspect that is why the number of visitors to my site has dried up. Well, maybe it is one of the reasons confounding me.
I think that I won’t be using Google in the future. I will be boycotting it: not because I disapprove of its commercialism, but because it, simply put, has changed its algorithms to such an extent that it cannot be called the most effective search engine out there. I will use Bing for as long as I can find what I want on there quickly and easily. Should that situation change, then I will simply move on to some other search engine. There are plenty of them out there, after all. They are simply tools. And I am only loyal to tools which work.
Enough about Google for this post. I have more important things to write about than the cretins who run that site.