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As far as another search engine coming along goes, who, besides M$ has deep enough pockets to even come close to the quality and accuracy they provide? Facebook, Apple, who else? There's only a handful of companies, at the most, and they're all Years behind where Google is now as far as development goes...
Bing's results are now in some ways superior to google's.
As far as another search engine coming along goes, who, besides M$ has deep enough pockets to even come close to the quality and accuracy they provide?
If we are talking purely search engines then I have disagree. Bing's results are now in some ways superior to google's. Their problem is in convincing people of this.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 5:30 pm (utc) on Jan 6, 2013]
For longer phrases I think Google still has it.
However, sooner or later, some radically different approach (Watson?) might make current search engine methods obsolete. Having said that, there are signs that some of Google's current efforts might involve AI, and they are not promising.
The whole web copied and held on ultra-fast servers all over the world with near-instant updates. All sorts of diffent search algorithms provided ... The searcher could fine tune his or her favourite algo
Oh, and goodbye SEO too
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.
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]
...until searchers start using something else, the advice not to rely on Google is useless
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 9:56 pm (utc) on Jan 6, 2013]
... for the sites that are typically found by search, they're in a very difficult situation.
Giving Google the bird is fine in theory, in practice it can be suicide.
Google is moving to 'the one right answer'
[edited by: Simsi at 11:12 pm (utc) on Jan 6, 2013]
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[edited by: TheMadScientist at 11:47 pm (utc) on Jan 6, 2013]
The results they generate today aren't by accident
they are WAY ahead of where most people think they are