TheMadScientist - 8:50 pm on Jan 6, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: TheMadScientist at 8:53 pm (utc) on Jan 6, 2013]
Google may want to be a knowledge engine, the problem is the users want it to be a search engine used to find other sites and google can try as hard as they like but they wont change that anymore then they can make google plus comparable to facebook.
As of Oct. their approach increased their market share by more than Bing managed to increase theirs...
Google Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in October with 66.9 percent market share (up 0.2 percentage points), followed by Microsoft Sites with 16 percent (up 0.1 percentage points) and Yahoo! Sites with 12.2 percent. Ask Network accounted for 3.2 percent of explicit core searches, followed by AOL, Inc. with 1.8 percent.
Until Google's market share really starts to decline (if it does), I'd have to say it seems your opinion of what searchers want is 'at odds' with what most searchers (well over half) are actually indicating they like and are happy with.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 8:53 pm (utc) on Jan 6, 2013]