backdraft7 - 5:09 am on Apr 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
I'm also noticing that localization is either completely broken of being quickly gamed. My search includes results for sites and topics from Los Angeles to New York and all points in between. My location is set to a medium sized Midwestern city. I am also noticing that results include many sites that use only one or two occurrences of my test key word and are so vaguely related that it's not funny.
I agree with your cautionary comment tedster...I usually have that patience, but like I said, this one looks like it could stick. I hope you are correct.
Logged in I'm obviously listed on top (as in the past). I can't see how Google's option of the "personal results" is of any help to the user. That's what bookmarks are for. I know what sites I own. As it is presently, when I'm logged in, the results pages are cluttered with sites I own or I've searched before. That's not what I use search for. I like to find NEW & MOST RELEVANT results. Not stuff I am already familiar with.
Looks like Google also wants to add your bookmarking and personal sites rankings (G+) to your results. DUMB! Too many options, features and settings....Google's attempt to become EVERYTHING & EVERYONE has become a real cluster....
Finally - today has got to be the absolute worst results I've EVER seen in Google's SERPS.
It's GOT to be another sort in progress....and it's costing webmasters around the world their livelihoods.
It's hard to believe we've even survived the past 2 years (Since MayDay).
Google, please! "Don't be evil"! because I think a vote right now would put the evil index quite high. lol!