backdraft7 - 2:33 pm on May 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
@diberry - see how it goes? suggest something for civil discussion and some take it as written in stone and want to start an argument. BTW - I agree with your OP, Google is loosing traction, at least from MY frame of reference and that of just about everyone I know. They use whatever else is trendy that their friends recommend that GETS RESULTS. Google has alienated their users for the sake of making their current $153M / day.
Unfortunately their year on year earnings growth show they are still king of the hill.
Their earnings only prove one thing, that they have skillfully (though unwisely from a user experience POV) monetized all of YouTube and moved their buddies (Demand Media, etc) with sweetheart deals to the top of the serps to push ads. Why do you think thin is at the top? It's makes for a much more slippery path to their ads as visitors quickly look for an exit. Result = KACHING! not king of the hill.
I only use Google when I need a laugh. I use Bing or other resources when I need to find accurate results sans the scrapers and webspam. Happily I'm seeing this swing reflected in my stats too. Google was 95%, now they are down to less than 50% and falling fast.
By the way, who else is ready to retch with those useless "author" photos posted all over their SERPS?
More rewards for using their services. Major COF IMHO. I digress.