ichthyous - 1:48 pm on Sep 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
I am seeing the same thing in my niche...lots of really crappy, poorly designed sites that barely make an effort at content or usability have replaced the old stable of top ranking sites. Lots of news feeds, blogs, and in some cases the same e commerce site taking three or four slots on the first page.
I totally understand why Google wants to shake up the results so they can shake down webmasters for more ad revenue, but what about the effect on the user? Since Google is a monopoly the quality of search results is hardly important to them it seems...nobody is going to challenge them any time soon and they know it.