There is an interesting post on ZDnet. an 'anonymous reader' did a quick search for the terms 'google spyware privacy'. The results:
Yahoo: 48,500,000 for 'google spyware privacy'
MSN: 14,800,000 for 'google spyware privacy'
Google: 409,000 for 'google spyware privacy'.
It looks like Yahoo's search engine is far superior for this particular query with over 100 times the results of google on the google spyware search. Even MSN scored 28 times the google score. Funny about that.
There are two possible conclusions that spring to mind:
1. google may be censoring search results - should they rename it goggle?.
2. google search is inferior to Yahoo and MSN.
I'll let you draw your own conclusions.
And for all of you who don't care that your experience is being manipulated, by all means go like lambs to the slaughter, but don't force the rest of us to do it too.
Freedom of thought, speech and expression is at stake here. It's more than just the future of google.
the extent of google censorship is not precicely known however researchers have reported that the BBC site, for instance, has 2.25 million fewer results when you search on google.cn than when you search on google.com. Of course they do that to keep their
Chinese partners happy, but there is no doubt going to be some further discussion in at least the U.S Congress. I suspect a Democrat(ic) U.S. government may be averse to encouraging further censorship be it for non-democratic political or business purposes.
Even if you don't have particularly strong views on politics the thought of a super-google-yahoo machine deciding what you may or may not read or say should ring alarm bells.
I had a response from a blogger on a googley type blog who suggested that google just has fewer better quality results.
I was offered these results as evidence:
Query [microsoft spyware privacy]
Google: 5,840,000 results
Microsoft; 24,100,000 results
Yahoo: 69,500,000 results
Query: [yahoo spyware privacy]
Google: 320,000 results
Microsoft: 7,730,000 results
Yahoo: 34,200,000 results
I declined to blindly accept that this implies google's results are higher quality and I suggested that I might like to decide for myself what is relevant when I type in a search term, and I certainly don't want some advertiser deciding for me.
What do you think?