Andem - 5:00 pm on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)
Without going into too many details about my own sites' experience with Panda, I've noticed some changes for the worse among many Google products which have made the services less and less usable. I'd just like to document some changes for personal, non-SEO related searches I've tried to perform recently.
For one, data from Google Maps on my Android devices have increasingly been giving me shady results over the past few months. One particularly strange thing I've noticed is a very popular European tourist attraction being moved on their map from where it actually is to ~2km away (of which is isn't).
The past few weeks with Google News would show one headline, but actually leading to the wrong story. This happened to me again today while looking for information regarding a pretty popular news story. Instead of the headline linking to the correct page, it links to something completely unrelated. Subsequent searches on Google News now have me getting top results for forum pages with a one-sentence snippets and then linking to the actual news story. The actual story is nowhere to be found on the news service, yet other stories from their site do come up.
When it comes to actually finding information on Google Search, it appears that using quotes has become increasingly redundant over the past 6-9 months, making it all but (many times) impossible to find specific information about an array of topics on Google now-a-days. Additionally, using the + and - operators don't seem to have a noticable impact anymore.
I have a feeling that their changes to their core search product have been finding their way into other products and I guess you could say the "Panda" changes have started to corrupt their other products.
- Google Maps has landmark x incorrectly mapped.
- Google News is now showing 1-sentence quotes as stories.
- Google News sometimes shows the wrong href for stories.
- Google Search now makes using quotes redundant.
- Google Search increasingly makes it more difficult to find relevant results with many both advanced and basic queries.
I honestly can't seem to make sense of many 'improvements'. Bing in all honesty has some pretty good results, but they don't come close to the power of the old Google search engine nor any of their complimentary services.