I’ve been watching Google’s search results decline in quality and relevance for several years now. Not a day goes by where I’m not completely disgusted by the garbage I find in Google’s SERPs. Sometimes the search results are so mind-blowingly-shitty that I feel obligated to document my findings and publish them for others to see.
2/15/2011 UPDATE: For a better understanding of why Google sucks so bad at determining synonyms, check out this Google patent: Document-based synonym generation
And on that note, I’d like to submit the People’s “Exhibit A” into evidence:
Based on the evidence presented above, the People are charging the defendant, Google, with the following crimes:
- Producing and Distributing Counterfeit Goods: the evidence clearly shows Google returning at least one search result that intentionally mislead the victim by representing the word
theseas a synonym for
- Aiding and Abetting: the evidence shows Google returning at least one search result that it knew or should have known to be the result of spamming, hacking, or other related crimes against relevance.
- Breach of Contract: the Defendant had previously made statements claiming that it would NOT ignore the underscore character, but “Exhibit A” clearly shows Google returning search results that contain the fragments
clear…without any regard for the missing underscore.
1. “The underscore symbol _ is not ignored when it connects two words, e.g. [ quick_sort ].”
-Google, Punctuation that is not ignored
Need a Better
In the comments section, one of my valued readers pointed out that DuckDuckGo also returns the hacked page–implying that it’s not a better search engine than Google. Therefore, I’ve updated this post with the image below, which shows that yes, both search engines return nearly-identical SERP snippets. However, the image also shows that Google has bolded the word
these as if it’s a synonym for
thesis–which is not the kind of stupid error you’d expect from a multi-billion dollar company who’s been dominating the search market for years. Not to mention…the word
these is a stop word anyway, so it shouldn’t even be bolded to begin with.
Bottom line: DuckDuckGo is better than Google.