walkman - 2:06 pm on Oct 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
No! What happened is google came in and took hundreds of millions of users a month away and directed them to ads. End of the story.
Google has powerful algorithms and very smart people so they can read the mind. Sometimes an ad might be the best for the user. It's not like Google is biased to send people to ads unless the algo determined it's best for the user. This is what Eric Scmidt said:
The money has to be going somewhere and I think we have found where the funnel is going. Panda is a smoke screen for something much bigger.
But the other thing that we’re doing that’s more strategic is we’re trying to move from answers that are link-based to answers that are algorithmically based, where we can actually compute the right answer. And we now have enough artificial intelligence technology and enough scale and so forth that we can, for example, give you — literally compute the right answer.
So maybe Google has figured out the future of search
“We’re trying to figure out what the future of search is,” Mr Schmidt said. “One idea is that more and more searches are done on your behalf without you needing to type.
“I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions. They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”