anteck - 9:29 pm on Jun 12, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: anteck at 9:40 pm (utc) on Jun 12, 2012]
I wish I could post examples here. I'm seeing some incredibly messed up results for popular electronic product searches in Australia.
The common pattern is that no matter what page you look at, it's the same sites repeated over and over. So, page 1 is up to 70% the same sites as page 2,3,4,5,6 etc...
In affect, the top 10 results now have the chance of spanning multiple pages.
Mr average user comes along... Doesn't find what he wants on page 1. Skips to page 2, finds the same sites. Page 3, same thing. Choice has gone. Probably thinks they're paid results of some kind as the same sites are being pushed on him over and over...
WTF? Do google want to drive people away? It seems someone's literally gone insane with all these changes. The door for others to take over this space widens with every new stupid update they make.
The days of G being a leader are gone. The company has jumped the shark, keep going for the money grab (google shopping) are Literally forcing people to use their social network (g+ places) and slowly but surely a range of other services (which work better, are easier and have mobile integration) will replace the need for G in the general public.
Apples iOS 6 maps, passport and Facebook integration is one example of many that further reduce the dependancy on the not so big G.
Google has turned from a useful tool that helped to find information into a commercial behemoth that is willing to sacrifice quality in order to make more $$$. There's no other explanation IMHO that fits anymore.
[edited by: anteck at 9:40 pm (utc) on Jun 12, 2012]