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Brad

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http://fortune.com/2018/09/24/google-search-personalized-image/

Soon, the completely illiterate will be able to search for cat pictures.

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Re: Google Just Overhauled Search to Be More Personalized and Image Friendly
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2018, 05:33:12 PM »
I get the motivation for more personalized search that is also more like the interface of instagram -- that's what most people want when they are swiping their fingers around on their phones.  I do wish that Google would promote the option of advanced search where people could do real research.

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Re: Google Just Overhauled Search to Be More Personalized and Image Friendly
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2018, 10:40:20 PM »
I do wish that Google would promote the option of advanced search where people could do real research.
If anything they've largely moved in the other direction in terms of all the query rewriting stuff.

It is often very hard to find specific types of information about an entity from sources other than that entity. And good luck with an old news story when there is a newer story on a related topic.

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Re: Google Just Overhauled Search to Be More Personalized and Image Friendly
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2018, 12:06:34 AM »
I do wish that Google would promote the option of advanced search where people could do real research.
If anything they've largely moved in the other direction in terms of all the query rewriting stuff.

It is often very hard to find specific types of information about an entity from sources other than that entity. And good luck with an old news story when there is a newer story on a related topic.

Then maybe I'm not imagining it.  Using Startpage recently, it seemed like a lot of old articles just were not there.  But it was hard to make a firm judgement because it was Startpage not G proper, but it seemed like a pattern.

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Re: Google Just Overhauled Search to Be More Personalized and Image Friendly
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2018, 05:51:09 PM »
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And good luck with an old news story when there is a newer story on a related topic.

I was a bit surprised that when I was poking around yesterday on advanced search that you can actually search within a date range.  I was searching for a phrase in the news right now and seeing if there were any historic references for it being used in the way described.  I went ten years back until last month and the results were quite a bit different than a regular search.

Too bad Google doesn't make more people aware of these features.

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Re: Google Just Overhauled Search to Be More Personalized and Image Friendly
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2018, 02:38:06 AM »
Too bad Google doesn't make more people aware of these features.
If you search without much thought and click on whatever is at the top of the page Google's biz model works.

If Google teaches people to question the veracity of the results, use advanced Boolean searches & other filters, etc. it wouldn't take much for their biz model to stop working.

The more same the results are the less risk Google is taking with any search. So long as any sort of diversification is largely tied to prior user behavior or location they show enough diversity to where they can keep homogenizing the rest of the result set.