smithaa02 - 4:10 pm on Mar 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
You know...it would be nice if google would allow users to choose the type of search they would want to do. So after say the search box there would be a dropdown describing the type of search they were trying to do. Perhaps choices like, "I'm trying to buy something", "I'm trying to discover something new", "I prefer name-brand/government sites", "I prefer independent sites", "I only want cutting edge information", "I prefer sites that don't have ads","I'm not looking to buy something", "I don't want sites that made Chrome's site blocker list", "I want to hear about what people on forums think is important", "I don't mind facebook results"....that type of thing, so users could choose their own algorithm recipe.
Recently had been doing a lot of research on certain authors (not to buy their books per say but to get personal background info on them) and was getting very frustrated as shopping cart site after shopping cart site (with no reviews or descriptive verbiage about the author) would be appearing far ahead of sites that actually had author/book reviews or even the author's own website that was filled with good information. In the good old days things like verbiage and content were actually considered a GOOD thing which create a great incentive for webmasters to provide these for users...yes there were abusers, but the good outweighed the bad.
Really think the financial side of things are starting to slant google's engineers on a subconscious level :(