This week has seen a flurry of blog posts critiquing the decreasing quality of Google search results and arguing that Google is losing the fight against spam, SEO, and content farms. (Something we’ve written about before.)
Here’s a roundup of the critiques thus far (in somewhat chronological order):
- Why We Desperately Need a New (and Better) Google by Vivek Wadhwa
- On the increasing uselessness of Google….. by Alan Patrick
- Trouble in the House of Google by Jeff Atwood
- Three’s a Trend: The Decline of Google Search Quality by Anil Dash
- Google’s decreasingly useful, spam-filled web search by Marco Arment
Today, Lifehacker put up a survey asking their readers “Have Google’s Search Results Become Less Useful to You?”
And of course, a few people have come out in Google’s defense:
- Search Isn’t Broken Because One Guy Had Trouble Using Google by Andrew Goodman
- Google’s Decline: Myth or Fact? by Gil Reich
- In defense of Google search by Vic Laurie
This is exactly the problem that we’re trying to solve here at Wajam. By getting results that have been vetted by your friends when you search in Google you can skip the spam and get right to the good stuff. We’re still in private beta, but you can sign up for an invite here!
We want to know what you think. Are you happy with the results you’re getting in Google, or do you find they’ve gotten worse over time?
Update: This weekend, TechCrunch published another piece speculating on Google’s possible decline.
Can Google Get Its Mojo Back? by Jon Evans:
Business Insider’s list of the 15 biggest tech flops of 2010 cited no fewer than four from Google: Buzz, Wave, Google TV, and the Nexus One. Bizarre errors have erupted in Google Maps. Many of its best engineers are leaving. Influential luminaries like Vivek Wadhwa, Jeff Atwood, Marco Arment and Paul Kedrosky (way ahead of the curve) say their core search service is much degraded from its glory years, and the numbers bear this out; after years of unassailable dominance, Google’s search-market share is diminishing—it dropped an eyebrow-raising 1.2% just from October to November—while Microsoft’s Bing, whose UI Google tried and embarrassingly failed to copy earlier this year, is on the rise.