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Google adds Weather feature
Imaster

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Msg#: 28420 posted 12:16 pm on Mar 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

The search giant has unveiled yet another search feature which allows getting weather information by typing "weather" followed by a city name or zip code. Follow links for more information.

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crobb305

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Msg#: 28420 posted 3:16 am on Mar 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wow, another weather source. What a great leap forward Google. Why don't you fix some bugs while you are at it?

C

Gerwin7

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Msg#: 28420 posted 9:40 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Very good for visitors but very bad for websites on the internet about weather. I thought Google was about searching but it seems they take bit by bit of the websites they search. First the Google News harming alot of sites not linked on the results. Now they got a weather, harming every website about weather. Visitors wont click on a link in the normal serps anymore, they already found what they are looking for.

I think Google wil take more and more... using the other websites as a byte. Here in Holland they already got a train/bus planner within the serps. Harming the website's containing the data. They link to one partner for all results. But wil al visitor click a link from anouther website? Nope...

AndyA

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Msg#: 28420 posted 10:04 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wow, another weather source. What a great leap forward Google. Why don't you fix some bugs while you are at it?

Thank you and Amen! While Google is rolling out all these new features as of late, its core business - SEARCH - is suffering from neglect.

Hey, Google: surely you don't think a search for "Asdfjkl" should turn up directory sites that have linked out to this site, as well as sites that mention this site, while the actual site is sitting at #156 do you? Is that what you consider relevant? Check out your SERPs, because that is what you're serving up to people these days! People want to see unique content, not a bunch of sites that mention the site with unique content! There IS a difference...

BReflection

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Msg#: 28420 posted 10:34 pm on Mar 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

I laugh myself silly when I read some of these threads and it seems that the webmasters think Google should design their search engine for, you guessed it, the webmasters benefit.

Hint: most of the people using Google are not webmasters, and even if you withdraw your content, Google has billions more pages to work with.

crobb305

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Msg#: 28420 posted 3:02 am on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I laugh myself silly when I read some of these threads and it seems that the webmasters think Google should design their search engine for, you guessed it, the webmasters benefit.

It is not a question of "webmaster benefit". Take a look around this forum at some of the bugs being discussed. Many of these have been discussed for over a year. Yes their search is for "searchers". No one here has come close to suggesting otherwise. But ultimately, these bugs may cause good content sites to NOT be shown in the serps for their users to see.

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AndyA

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Msg#: 28420 posted 3:16 am on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I laugh myself silly when I read some of these threads and it seems that the webmasters think Google should design their search engine for, you guessed it, the webmasters benefit.

Hint: most of the people using Google are not webmasters, and even if you withdraw your content, Google has billions more pages to work with.


So, if you're a Webmaster you can't legitimately use SEs for anything else? I just do web development part time, I use the SEs for professional as well as personal use, so I believe I am very much in a position to determine whether the search results I get are relevant or not.

When I go to Google now, and type in something specific, I'm often quite dismayed by what I see returned. Yet I can go to MSN or Yahoo and I find quality sites that are buried in Google.

Face it, how can every other SE be wrong, and Google be the only one that gets it right? Why am I no longer finding what I'm searching for in Google's Top 10? When I search for specific pages that I know exist, and they are the only pages that have the specific information I'm searching for, why does Google force me to dig through 200 listings to find what I asked for?

As Webmasters, we may have a higher appreciation for search results, but that doesn't necessarily mean our expectations are higher as well. I think a lot more people are beginning to wonder what's going on with Google, as I do hear people referring to Google as being "hosed up" or "broken" and they aren't Webmasters, they are Google's core customer and they're not finding what they want on Google!

Whether Google believes there's a problem or not, public perception is that there is a problem, and that should make it a priority for Google to address.

[edited by: AndyA at 3:21 am (utc) on Mar. 14, 2005]

Kerrin

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Msg#: 28420 posted 3:19 am on Mar 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wow, another weather source. What a great leap forward Google. Why don't you fix some bugs while you are at it?

They need to keep bringing out new features to distract from the fact that their real product (search) is getting progressively worse.

I laugh myself silly when I read some of these threads and it seems that the webmasters think Google should design their search engine for, you guessed it, the webmasters benefit.

I don't know about you, but i'm old enough to remember what made google what it is today: webmasters recommendation.

Sobriquet

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Msg#: 28420 posted 9:06 am on Mar 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

all top 10 positions are genrally SEO hyped results, no matter how hard G tries to be non SEO friendly.

when i have to find real information, i prefer MSN or yahoo and even askjeeves

google search results are not really fair when it cmes to the basic user.

Assuming i need a widget-service in NY, what i get in google is not the best widget-service company but the best SEOed widget-company in all first two pages.

I guess its time to turn back to directories and yellow pages once again.

The rat race is not really going anywhere.

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