Ask HN: Is it just me or did Google search recently get a lot worse?

188 points | by alan_wade 194 days ago


  • einr 194 days ago

    It feels like the philosophy has become "return lots of results at any cost".

    For instance I just now searched for a specific e-mail address that ends with "" -- since it didn't find any hits with the full address, it decided to strike out the username part and return thousands of results for just "". This is literally useless and they should know better.

    It just gets worse and worse for technical searches too, I find. Searching for stuff like datasheets for chips and vintage obscure computer programs and peripherals rarely returns anything useful without "wrapping" "everything" "in" "quotes".

    • icebraining 194 days ago

      They have a Verbatim mode which doesn't do that (as much?), but you have to click on Tools → All Results → Verbatim every time.

      Alternatively, if you can edit the URL used by your browser, you can just add "tbs=li:1" to it; for Firefox, you can add it as an alternative Search engine by running this on the Console:

      This doesn't invalidate the overall point, of course, it's just a personal tip.
      • einr 194 days ago

        Yeah, I used to have verbatim mode as a separate and default search provider in Firefox, but I had to stop using it as my default -- I find sometimes it's just too verbatim and it's like using Altavista in 1996 all over again.

        I feel like Google a few years ago had struck a decent balance between trying to be smart (sometimes automatically including synonyms to your search terms, etc.) while still respecting your actual search terms. Now it's way too far gone in the "assume user is a total idiot and doesn't know what he wants" direction.

        • garyclarke27 194 days ago

          Yes Good Point - I've noticed many more missing terms in the past few weeks. Extremely irritating - Problem is Verbatim mode is buried and cannot be defaulted and does not work with Time Filter, Time Filter is often essential for useful searches. More control for advanced users is settings is required, Mobile first layout still annoys me on Safari iPad, so much so that, I have to iCab Browser - lets you change the user agent and lots of useful options such as Text Sizes

      • kazinator 194 days ago

        The principle is probably more like: return such approximate results that, among them, advertising doesn't look out of place.

        • PostThisTooFast 194 days ago

          Google stupidly eliminated the + operator, which used to require the presence of words marked with it. Their excuse was that it somehow "interfered" with Google Plus. Now that Google Plus is defunct, do you think they'll restore it? HA HA no.

          So now we're stuck with prefixing searches with "allintext:" and then quoting everything.

        • guhcampos 194 days ago

          What really, really bugs me is what they did with the image search at some point.

          I always used image search to try and find the original source of an Image. It's super useful to determine the authenticity of a news article, identify the author of a photo for licensing and a million other uses.

          Then at some point, search by image started to simply return results based on the image classification tag on the image: so instead of similar images, or other instances of a photo, I get results like "beach" or "bicycle" or "city". This is so frustrating and completely useless. I'm sure anyone is capable of typing "mountain" in the search field to find generic photos os mountains.

          So that got me back to - I just with they had a larger coverage of the web =[

          • EForEndeavour 194 days ago

            I see that particular un-feature as a consequence of undue focus on ML that automatically generates image tags. While it's impressive for a system to be able to auto-tag billions of images at high accuracy, these generic tags are almost always useless as search terms.

            • seventhtiger 193 days ago

              I've also noticed this and this is a big loss of utility.

              There aren't many tools that find exact/slightly transformed matches of an image. That was very valuable, especially with the power of Google's webcrawling. Imaged get shared, stretched, watermarked, and artifacts build up. This was the single best way to find a source image.

              Now the image is converted back into text and it searches for images using the text. We could search for images using text before. This is not new. The unique thing about reverse image search was killed and turned into just a fancy input for the same old image search.

              • jkollross 194 days ago

                Have you tried Yandex's reverse image search?

              • Timucin 194 days ago

                I've recently moved away from Google to DuckDuckGo, so didn't notice that but I noticed something similar on YouTube.

                For some reason, it keeps recommending the videos I already watched, the ones in my save for later and the most annoying one: the ones from the channels I marked as not interested.

                My recommendations also getting less and less relevant.

                They definitely changed something and broke a perfectly working system.

                • NeedMoreTea 194 days ago

                  It's frustrating in its simplicity. I don't need 5 more versions of the same track. They're showing far fewer of the same genre and era but a lot more conspiracy theory garbage that I will never, ever intentionally click, yet their algo has never noticed the total lack of clicks on those "Proof of alien life", "brexit is great" or "lizards are running the show really" videos.

                  "recommended for you", yeah right. How do they arrive here from say 1 from CGP Grey, 2 from ACDC and 1 from Iron Maiden?

         used to have my music taste well nailed and followed up with a lot of unknown stuff that I ended up loving and buying. YT had more data for longer yet has no clue at all. Now I just search and play direct from DDG.

                  YT never worked that well for me, but now it's rarely worth even checking the other videos column.

                  • palerdot 194 days ago

                    Youtube search quality is horribly bad in recent weeks. I'm being suggested videos that are minimum 2 years older continously in the home page. There are more recent videos from the same channels, but all I see is 2-3 year old video suggestions as if my phone/computer clock is reset to a date few years back. I'm not even sure if they are running some kind of experiment or is it a bug.

                    • buboard 194 days ago

                      They should give more tools to creators to organize their content. The default channel video listings is a mess with no rhyme or reason.

                    • nihil75 194 days ago

                      Second.YouTube keeps showing me the same (promoted?) videos on the right-hand bar, so I keep navigating back to the home page to get half-decent recommendations.

                      • brazzledazzle 194 days ago

                        I’ve noticed that as well. Also noticed that sometimes I’ll watch a video and if I watch it again the timestamp it resumes at is somewhere near the beginning liked I’d only watched a few seconds. Perhaps a problem with the system that keeps track of how much you’ve watched or not is breaking other things.

                      • pjc50 194 days ago

                        Searching for stuff you've already seen is reasonable. But reccomendation really needs to have a simple partition into two categories: watched and not watched. Both are valid but they are very different use cases.

                        Also they need to stop reccomending flat earth, anti-vax and other toxic nonsense without prompting.

                      • pure-awesome 194 days ago

                        Is DuckDuckGo good now? When I first tried it out a couple of years back, I found it didn't give me enough (relevant) results on my searches, so I stayed with Google.

                        I assume it must have improved in that time; maybe I should try it again.

                        • alpaca128 194 days ago

                          My impression is that DDG requires a slightly different choice of keywords. But you'll get used to it and in my experience it currently delivers better results than Google.

                          When I started using DuckDuckGo I often switched to Google for certain queries, now I do that very rarely because Google's results get more disappointing every year.

                          • tropo 194 days ago

                            It seems dramatically better. I think the reality is that this is only relative to Google today, not Google long ago. Lots of us have been like the mythical frog in the slowly-heated pot, failing to notice that Google is getting worse. For business reasons, or because executives have an agenda, Google now refuses to prioritize what users want.

                            So yes, you should try it again.

                            • pindab0ter 194 days ago

                              As pointed out by the other commenters you need a slightly different approach to search terms since they don't build a profile of what is and isn't relevant to you.

                              That said, it's definitely a lot better than a few years ago. I'm the same in having tried it back then and I couldn't get many useful results. I've been using it for half a year again now and only occasionally do I use the "!g"-bang to revert to a Google search.

                              • DrAwdeOccarim 194 days ago

                                It's OK. It works well for me for common things that are easy to find. Restaurants, wiki entries, etc. But for example a new paper published today in Nature? Even searching for the whole title in quotes with DDG will not return it. Gotta go to Google for that.

                                • aembleton 194 days ago

                                  DDG index is not as fresh as Google's. That and local, location specific searches are what I use Google for these days.

                                • Timucin 194 days ago

                                  It requires a bit time to get used to it but not more than couple of days I think. The interface is quite similar to what google provides and I quite liked seeing the answer I am looking for as a part of the search.

                                  • crypticlizard 192 days ago

                                    it's pretty good, when it's not i put a g! before the query

                                  • SquareWheel 194 days ago

                                    It seems likely that people would search for videos they've previously watched. Must consider that these products are made for "normies", not power users.

                                    • zython 194 days ago

                                      I had a similar experience with youtube lately: I was looking for a song that I knew the tune and a related artist and for the love of god could not find it with the current youtube recommendations. Most of the videos I'd get recommended when searching related songs, were not even music-related. So I went to and within a couple of results found what I was looking for.

                                      Youtube's recommendation has really changed for the worse.

                                      • saiya-jin 194 days ago

                                        its even worse with youtube - if I leave the TV, it will continue playing videos youtube considers somehow related to original one. But it often forgets what it already played in a row, so sometimes plays the same video multiple times. Like 1 2 3 4 2 5 1 6 5 3 etc.

                                        • kirb 194 days ago

                                          A few months ago I found that if I played music on YouTube and let it go on autoplay, it would eventually play a specific song. It’ll play something else next as per usual, but the Up Next for this video would almost always be that same specific song. I can’t fathom how this worked so well for years and is now totally broken. Or how the algorithm chokes as soon as it reaches that one specific video.

                                        • buboard 194 days ago

                                          most frustrating when you re watching a series of lectures and it recommends the previous one , or breaks the series

                                          • the_other_guy 194 days ago

                                            >I've recently moved away from Google to DuckDuckGo

                                            here we go, the entire post was made just for this to derail the entire discussion into a free marketing/shilling for an even much worse search engine with aggressive online marketing techniques

                                            • Timucin 194 days ago

                                              Not really.

                                              Put X instead DuckDuckGo, the meaning and the intent of my post doesn't change. You just choose to see it in that way.

                                          • keiferski 194 days ago

                                            The "must include" functionality makes zero sense to me and I'm dumbfounded as to why it was ever added. If I didn't want my results to include a particular word, I wouldn't have included it in the search. Boggles my mind how Google could mess up something so simple.

                                            • samwhiteUK 194 days ago

                                              I'm dumbfounded as to how you don't see the usefulness of this feature. Sometimes there exists more than one word for a situation, and you might miss a forum thread, for example, that is relevant to you, but you're saying to Google "only use these exact words" and not accounting for differences in dialect etc

                                              • matthewmacleod 194 days ago

                                                Honestly, you're both kind of right.

                                                It's totally correct that often we want search results that don't include the exact word which was specified in the search request. We often want close synonyms, stems, elimination of redundant words etc. and flexibility on this helps to retrieve much better search results.

                                                On the other hand, Google has a particularly frustrating habit of dropping words which are absolutely key to a particular search. You know, those cases where you are searching for details about a very specific set of explicit keywords, and 90% of the results exclude one of them, making them totally useless.

                                                It's like an "uncanny valley" in some ways. When it says "You probably don't need the word 'and' in your search, and also 'video games' is the same as 'computer games' so I'll just include both" then the process makes sense, feels helpful, and indeed you probably don't notice. When you search for two explicit technologies and one of them is ignored, it feels like you're fighting a system that's trying to second-guess what you mean.

                                                Ultimately the search engine is tuned for common queries, and the majority of users aren't likely to have the required technical skill to express exactly what they want to find without some help. This results in mismatch between the expectations of different users.

                                                Verbatim search helps with this, in that it allows advanced users to better control their results. I'd be super happy if I could just toggle this "on" all the time.

                                                • keiferski 194 days ago

                                                  Because often the key word is the one being dropped by Google. If I search for "Einstein quotes about social democracy" and it drops "Einstein" it defeats the entire purpose of the search.

                                                  A single button that says "try searching without word for more results" would be far less frustrating.

                                                  • DanBC 194 days ago

                                                    I search for "suicide" (for my work) very often. It _fucking sucks_ that Google seems to think "death", "died", "murdered" etc are all valid synonyms. It means that for every single search I do I need to do extra work.

                                                    I miss the days of +forced +terms.

                                                    • eudora 193 days ago

                                                      Surely using quotes around the term does the trick?

                                                  • DarkWiiPlayer 194 days ago

                                                    Because people are dumb and type in entire questions or sentences, so google tries to be "smart" and remove words that hold no real meaning.

                                                    • TomMarius 194 days ago

                                                      Actually I think it's useful to google whole questions - for forum thread titles. The problem of course is that Google does not search for the whole thing and wrapping it in quotes makes it useless as well.

                                                      • brazzledazzle 194 days ago

                                                        Asterisks within quotes still seem to work. I use those when I have a good idea of what string I’m looking for but I’m not sure about some words or want to find posts where someone (for whatever weird reason) apparently typed in or pasted an error in chunks.

                                                    • tinus_hn 194 days ago

                                                      One of the original defining features of Google was that all results included all terms. Now even when you search for +”term” you get results without “term”.

                                                      It seems just stupid to return these completely useless results but I guess it makes them money somehow.

                                                      • Yetanfou 194 days ago

                                                        Search engines - Google amongst them - are moving from using the search term as (possibly stemmed) literal words to search for to attempting to interpret the 'meaning' of the term. This interpretation can be somewhat... lacking, with the observed result of nonsensical answers.

                                                        • natch 194 days ago

                                                          They have definitely messed up in many ways, but having a must-include operator was not one of the ways.

                                                          It allows (allowed?) you to tell the search that the other words can be used for ranking and are nice-to-have words, while the must-include words are treated differently and must be present and match exactly.

                                                          If all search terms were automatically must-include with no override, search results would be garbage because as a user you aren’t going to predict the perfect inflected forms of words used in documents every time.

                                                          Being dumbfounded should not lead you to think other people are wrong. It should lead you to wonder what you are missing.

                                                        • charlesism 194 days ago

                                                          It's trash now. I noticed this a few months back:

                                                              The final straw for me is that it now "helpfully" drops 
                                                              search terms on my behalf. I was already using DDG for a third 
                                                              of my searches. I'm going all-in now. For people who don't spend 
                                                              much time online, maybe what Google is doing works for them.
                                                          • Jedi72 194 days ago

                                                            It seems only a matter of time until Google is just an interactive yellow pages. Why would you spend millions trying to index peoples personal blogs etc. when companies will pay thousands for the spot in the results and give you the link to put up? All they need to do is maintain their position as the default internet portal.

                                                            • quickthrower2 194 days ago

                                                              People advertise on Google because of the massive audience, and that audience exists because of quality organic search results. They are not going to mess with that.

                                                            • brazzledazzle 194 days ago

                                                              I think Google is focusing on the friendlier natural “human” queries. I noticed this some time ago when I’d ask it in a “lazy” way because I’m tired or distracted. E.g. “What day is Mother’s Day?”, or “What time is it in London?” I’ve noticed it seems to be more and more optimized for this sort of query as time goes on, to the point that I use the quote modifiers in many (most?) of my searches and the other modifiers more frequently than I used to.

                                                              I suspect that the people who’ve noticed this and feel frustrated have, like me, been searching on Google since back when it was on its way to unseating Altavista/Yahoo/etc (or maybe somewhere between). But I don’t hold it against Google because they’re optimizing for the widest possible audience and if it makes it easier for most people I’m ok with being a little inconvenienced. As long as adding quotes or other modifiers kicks in the old/advanced search I’m ok with that price for something I not only don’t pay for, but don’t click on the ads for either.

                                                              • pure-awesome 194 days ago

                                                                I remember the days when I had to include "AND" and "OR" between words in the queries.

                                                                • brazzledazzle 194 days ago

                                                                  Nice! I remember when they finally added spellcheck. Probably a (welcome) contributor to my decreased ability to remember how to spell many words.

                                                              • saluki 194 days ago

                                                                It feels like maybe Google had a changing of the guard and a new batch of engineers are making decisions and missed out on a transfer of knowledge from the previous engineers with both search and SEO.

                                                                I'm seeing my search results show less and less of what I'm looking for, it's like google search is forgetting how it used to work.

                                                                The same with SEO, I'm seeing sites ranking again on the first page that have useless content using all the tricks/ghosts of SEO past. It seems all the legacy SEO hacks/tricks filters that had been in place at Google have been removed recently.

                                                                I was a huge fan of Google, but I'm definitely seeing a decline in quality of the SERP.

                                                                • quickthrower2 194 days ago

                                                                  Don’t forget that the web is changing. There is more junk produced every day and Google needs to combat search engine spam and blackhat practices. This means changes and not seeing search results you are used to.

                                                                  • saluki 193 days ago

                                                                    Double True, but I'm expecting to start seeing thousands of keywords in the footer of sites white text on a white background. It's like SEO is coming full circle. Just surprised Google is allowing ancient SEO tricks to work again.

                                                                    • Spooky23 193 days ago

                                                                      That's a key missing thread. The web is increasingly dumb, and the types of people who produced great content are now in the FB/Twitter skinnerbox, liking things like drunken monkeys.

                                                                  • Yetanfou 194 days ago

                                                                    A good solution to all this $search_engine misery is to use something like Searx [1] as an in-between. This gets rid of most of the profiling - especially when using a shared instance run by someone you trust (to avoid being profiled by the Searx instance, self-host and have family members and friends use it) - and gives results from a whole host of search engines. Configure all your devices to use that instance and you no longer have to cope with any single $search_engine's 'new and improved' algorithms, instead being treated to a search salad with ingredients of your own choosing.


                                                                    • whateveracct 194 days ago

                                                                      Sounds like someone in Google had a successful feature launch :) good for them on delivering something to production!

                                                                      • enz 194 days ago

                                                                        I have the same feeling, I have to click "must include keyword..." to get better results. I thought it was because I use since I moved to Japan a few weeks ago, so I was guessing Google tried too hard to correlate the results with my new geographical area. It seems I'm not the only one.

                                                                        • s9w 194 days ago

                                                                          Not sure if it was in the last weeks.. I would say in the last months. But google searches without verbatim mode are increasingly useless.

                                                                          • synesso 194 days ago

                                                                            Now you mention it, yes. I've been seeing this for a few weeks. It seems often the most salient word in my search phrase is ignored.

                                                                            • ur-whale 194 days ago

                                                                              The quality has indeed declined drastically for pointed technical queries versus "where's the nearest hot dog stand" type queries.

                                                                              Two possible explanations:

                                                                              1. The latter is much more of a moneymaker.

                                                                              2. I don't think there is anyone left at Google that actually understands how the search engine works these days.

                                                                              • EGKW 194 days ago

                                                                                Totally! Actually not 'worse' as such, but search results are more centered around earnings, rather than around providing information. You can't blame them for that, but by shifting focus they can expect a shift in public too.

                                                                                • apatters 194 days ago

                                                                                  I commented on a different post a few days ago with my thoughts about why this is happening, in my opinion it is a problem that has evolved over several years:


                                                                                  A Search Quality engineer at Google responded to me but I didn't find their arguments very convincing (nor did a number of repliers).

                                                                                  I have switched over completely to Searx on most of my devices, and by telling it to weight results from Bing, DDG and Google I feel I get better results than from any of those search engines alone.

                                                                                  • hallihax 194 days ago

                                                                                    I agree. Google has consistently gotten worse imo - I believe the general move towards third-party 'trust' verifiers, and Google's obsession with 'relevance' (as in, relevance to me) has destroyed the entire point of a search engine. I rarely use Google these days except to quickly re-find something I discovered somewhere else. I never really use it for finding information these days - just getting a link to something I already know exists. If I had a better way to search my bookmarks, I'd probably use that instead.

                                                                                    • Jefff8 194 days ago

                                                                                      Similar. I can't quantify, but I seem to be getting less useful results, certainly on the first page, and often beyond. I'm not sure it's not just perception though because I've not kept any log and it's also possible there are genuinely no matches to the searches I've been doing.

                                                                                      • twic 194 days ago

                                                                                        Also similar. What do we mean by "recent"? I feel like it got a lot worse a year or two ago, and has been consistently bad since then.

                                                                                      • r_singh 194 days ago

                                                                                        This question has been on my mind too and I'm glad someone thought of asking on HN.

                                                                                        Google has been returning really obvious results that one expects to get based on search history, other internet usage, etc (much like Netflix's matching). So much so that in order to find really unexpected gems of info I need to really spend a great amount of time searching a lot of different websites (hacker news, reddit, linkedin, corporate affairs data, marketplaces, truecaller, etc etc).

                                                                                        I feel like we need a new search engine now that there are so many different types of search results (blogs / media, aggregators / marketplaces, directories, social profiles, company websites, etc). One that lets us take more control over the type of results one can expect and more importantly one that doesn't show you what you expect to see (after being heavily influenced by your previous activities).

                                                                                        Also, Google may have millions of results for every keyword, but the quality of those links deteriorates quite fast, post 3rd page results are just crap.

                                                                                        I genuinely believe that Google worked and innovated when other search cos were wasting users' time by not rendering results quickly, but today we need something that better suits the complexity of the web and doesn't heavily rely on usage histories, etc.

                                                                                        • thiago_fm 194 days ago

                                                                                          Just search using "". For me it didn't change, as the way I search by using "", + etc since I started googling didn't change and it is even obvious in some ways that maybe I could just ddg all the way.

                                                                                          • x38iq84n 194 days ago

                                                                                            I have had the same feeling for months and not limited to Google, sadly DDG suffers from the same. Search result quality has been getting worse and my search queries contain more and more quotes just to get back to a previous level. What I miss is a tick box for "power users" to disable spelling suggestions, search terms omission and similar "features".

                                                                                            • pi-victor 194 days ago

                                                                                              I use DDG but when i wanted better results i used google. It gets harder to differentiate, they both miss the point.

                                                                                              Granted search engines are no psychics, you also need to better phrase your searches sometimes.

                                                                                              I remember Google used to return way more accurate results a few years ago. I guess privacy regulations, increasing demand for higher ad revenue have made it a lot worse than it used to be.

                                                                                              • brudgers 194 days ago

                                                                                                It's just worse in different ways (and better in different ways as well). As Google's index grows it shards across more machines. The odds that latency will affect the result of a particular query increase simply because more machines and network connections are involved. So there's caching.

                                                                                                Because no one wants to wait forever (delay is indistinguishable from failure), Google returns the best results it can obtain within some time threshold. Unfortunately, the utility of a search term is often its rarity relative to other search terms and the rarity of a search term makes it less likely to be cached nearby. If "nobody ever searches by that term" it is more likely not to be indexed or on a far away partition. Think of adding a Korean character to a string of English search terms : In Korea : In the US.

                                                                                                • xorand 194 days ago

                                                                                                  Google left for another dimension and they needed all their computing power for that, so they resorted to this trick. The results we see are from a NN previously trained on the real google, which is now hosted by a computer in the janitor office.

                                                                                                  • fergie 194 days ago

                                                                                                    It definitely did. As a complete outsider (albeit one who has done a bit of contract work at Google a few years ago), it seems that they are going all in on ML-driven personalisation, rather than an "objective best match" approach.

                                                                                                    • jim-jim-jim 194 days ago

                                                                                                      Glad I'm not alone. It's so bad I'm actually _using_ DuckDuckGo these days, instead of instinctively typing in g! before all my queries like I usually do.

                                                                                                      • anc84 194 days ago

                                                                                                        Absolutely it got even worse in the past few weeks after an earlier, perceived drop a couple of months ago.

                                                                                                        • shash7 194 days ago

                                                                                                          I've noticed a lot of crappy youtube videos being inserted in the search results. These videos are far from relevant from the search query.

                                                                                                          Unfortunately, duckduckgo and the like aren't still as good as google else I would've shifted to those search engines a long time ago.

                                                                                                          • segmondy 194 days ago

                                                                                                            I had an issue this morning where I wanted to download some youtube videos for offline viewing and they were already deleted. I used google to try to find other copies and it found nothing. I used bing and was able to find all copies.

                                                                                                            • untangle 193 days ago

                                                                                                              Google search has gotten worse and DuckDuckGo has simultaneously gotten better! I have (again) been using DDG for the past few weeks and I type "!g" once a day at most. Very exciting if this seeming trend holds.

                                                                                                              • qnsi 194 days ago

                                                                                                                Does anyone have suggestions how to find good tutorials/blogposts? I am interested in startup world, but when I search for things like "how to find startups ideas" I am tackled with lots and lots of content marketing, or poor medium posts.

                                                                                                                (I know of firstround search and I think this is the best you can get. I was thinking there should be a website that aggregates articles linked on twitter by people from VC/founders world, but I don't think there is one sadly)

                                                                                                                • BidCoins 193 days ago

                                                                                                                  Interestingly enough, I was JUST today thinking to myself, has google auto-suggest been consistently degrading or is it just me?! Now my thinking is there is some over-engineering going on (for lack of better articulation) as type auto-suggest as well as speech-to-text are just plain "off base" + your observation of search results, I'm sure they're all on a common, core "function" ; )

                                                                                                                  • nullandvoid 194 days ago

                                                                                                                    I have encountered this with YouTube which prefers to offer me garbage results back rather than searching all my keywords. E.g I was searching on a react topic and all I got back was 'x reacts to this'. It looks like it weighed the word 'react' much heavier than the others even though the other words were essential to getting a useful result..

                                                                                                                    • luord 194 days ago

                                                                                                                      Indeed, that's one obnoxious "feature" that has become omnipresent (as in in every search) lately.

                                                                                                                      • belltaco 194 days ago

                                                                                                                        It seems to be weighting recent web pages a lot more since a year or more. It's annoying to search something and get 10 pages of recent pages rather than something from a year ago mixed in somewhere.

                                                                                                                        • buboard 194 days ago

                                                                                                                          I am noticing an effect of "my searches don't get better as i add and change keywords". Becoming more specific has become difficult. thankfully there are alternatives

                                                                                                                          • growlist 194 days ago

                                                                                                                            For me it's been getting consistently worse for years, not weeks or months. Is there an 'exact search terms only' search engine out there?

                                                                                                                            • dennisgorelik 194 days ago

                                                                                                                              Several days ago Google Search slowed down significantly for some of the queries I was making.

                                                                                                                              Several search queries took 2-4 seconds to return results.

                                                                                                                              • e9 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                pretty much garbage at this point, I honestly don't know what to do anymore. I tried Duck Duck Go and Start Pages but they are not as good. I am testing Yandex, so far it's really good and performs like old Google but I don't know what are the implications of me using Russian search engine :/

                                                                                                                                • qbaqbaqba 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                  Mobile searches are even worse. First page is occupied with links to search within huge portals. Nothing relevant.

                                                                                                                                  • dfgert 192 days ago

                                                                                                                                    Are there any alternatives? I am ok with indie, slow, paid, not-super-accurate options.

                                                                                                                                    • operatorequals 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                      What's the business model of it anyway? Is it providing you good search results?

                                                                                                                                      • SquareWheel 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                        Search's business model is showing adverts at the top of the page.

                                                                                                                                        • abbiya 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                          and knowing about everything on web

                                                                                                                                      • kowdermeister 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                        No, good as always :) But seriously, yesterday I wanted to deploy my beta to a fresh server install and I did like 10 google searches of various server and tool issues. I got it all resolved and the beta is running but I didn't stop at how bad these results are.

                                                                                                                                        What are you searching for when you see a decrease in quality?

                                                                                                                                        • kowdermeister 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                          Keep the downvotes coming, how dare I share my null result.

                                                                                                                                        • trumped 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                          Since Google+ is pretty much gone, now is the time to bring back the + operator.

                                                                                                                                          • paulcole 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                            Can you give a single example?

                                                                                                                                            • RyanUnited 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                              I'm all for global inclusion and community. Except for when learning new, difficult concepts or subjects.

                                                                                                                                              Searching YouTube (via Google) for anything to do with programming, coding, etc. returns videos with only Indian presenters. Being a native English speaker, it would be nice to learn without having to parse through thick accents speaking in British English.

                                                                                                                                              Sorry, but I had to suffer through this in college because universities want discount professors to fit their "multicultural" check box.

                                                                                                                                              Considering who Google's CEO is, this is concerning on a Big Brother level.

                                                                                                                                              • Reimersholme 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                                Wow, that describes exactly my feeling the last few days.

                                                                                                                                                • WhooisWhoo 194 days ago
                                                                                                                                                  • the_other_guy 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                                    I know that this post is about bashing Google since it's the big _evil_ boy and then slowly promoting DuckDuckGo since we are used to at least a weekly DDG shilling thread here in HN, but let me tell you the honest truth that Google is still the best search engine by far (e.g. indexing javascript content, accuracy based on your history for instance try searching "Prometheus" if you're a developer and again on not logged in account with another IP), the only other sea rch engine that comes close is Yandex especially for images. Nothing wrong if you like using DDG with for worse results accuracy and a fake sense of privacy if that's what you want, but please respect our intelligence here since 99% users of this website are software engineers and you know that DDG can't beat technically Google by any means.

                                                                                                                                                    • tannhaeuser 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                                      Google search superiority is a myth IMHO. If you're a SW engineer, you're better of searching StackOverflow and using an old-school curated list of links for on-topic sites. Basic thinking tells you that Google Search are incentivized to show you pages with the most ads, rather than relevancy. There aren't that many good resources for any given topic anyway; creating a simple search index over those isn't rocket science. Certainly, "searched 130.000.000 sites in 0.13 ms" style info isn't helpful, unless you find Google giving you random crap sites entertaining.

                                                                                                                                                      • isostatic 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                                        If google works for you, great.

                                                                                                                                                        > 99% users of this website are software engineers

                                                                                                                                                        Citation Needed

                                                                                                                                                        • the_other_guy 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                                          >Citation Needed

                                                                                                                                                          nice way to invalidate my whole argument

                                                                                                                                                          • isostatic 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                                            If you want to present an extreme figure and are unwilling to back it up with even anecdotes, you don't have an argument

                                                                                                                                                            • the_other_guy 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                                              I already stated my argument, you're the one who's trying to invalidate it without offering any counter argument

                                                                                                                                                              • isostatic 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                You have claimed 99% users of this website are software engineers

                                                                                                                                                                That is an extraordinary claim, and thus requires extraordinary evidence

                                                                                                                                                                • the_other_guy 194 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                  that wasn't even the point of my comment, you're insisting on derailing my argument and reducing it to something I cannot verify, and seriosuly, wtf do you think HN users are? housewives or wall street bankers? HN is an online community for tech workers especially software engineers, insisting on giving the evidence that 99% exactly of the users are software engineers is childish to say the least