Reno - 5:25 pm on Feb 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
Until now, they have been focused on "relevance" without regard to "quality." These are not the same thing.
Excellent observation. Websurfers are individuals who bring to their search their own set of criteria. I want a page without any popup windows or unsolicited music or slow loading widgets or megabyte graphics, and I want the answer to my query where I can see it.
Someone else may want a "cool" looking interface (I could care less) and the latest Rihanna song playing in the background. To each their own. Google seems to have the idea that it can detect what I want, and they can't. Nor can they detect what anyone else wants. What they used to be able to do, and do fairly well, was help me find the answer to my query. When they were "relevant", they built their empire; but now, as they seek to define what we all should regard as "quality", they overstep their bounds, and the mess we are seeing is the result.