scottsonline - 11:52 am on Oct 23, 2010 (gmt 0)
Robert you can see this effect in "instant" as you type. Often if I'm typing the first three words of a 4 word page I will see the good top result. When I type the fourth word I get spammy titles. Could it be this simple? The reason we can't find stuff as easily is because via the algorithm they don't want us to?
Ot one of the major sites I read still isn't being indexed so add the inability to index blog posts as another feature of google "The homer" which should be the name given to this recent set of updates. In the Simpsons episode a car company that was incredibly successful decided to build an over featured cantankerous auto despite the objections of expert staff and users. It was a car for all the homers. We now have a search engine built on the same principle with plenty of cup holders, comfortable seats and a recognized name but they forgot we do eventually care if the door handles jab us in the eye when we use them and the engine doesn't work.
2010, first we had mayday, now we have "google homer" the search engine that does everything but nothing well. If I were working for bing right now I'd be pretty excited.