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Google Search Is Dying

DKB (Hacker News, Reddit):

Reddit is currently the most popular search engine. The only people who don’t know that are the team at Reddit, who can’t be bothered to build a decent search interface. So instead we resort to using Google, and appending the word “reddit” to the end of our queries.

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Why are people searching Reddit specifically? The short answer is that Google search results are clearly dying. The long answer is that most of the web has become too inauthentic to trust.

Dan Grover:

It’s true; you can get better signal when you’re looking at discussions with actual people (even people you don’t know), with the added social context + validation of the specific subreddit.

I’ve noticed two separate things:

So, whereas I used to rely almost exclusively on Google, I now do site-specific searches where possible. Otherwise, I use Bing by default and Google as a backup.

Nick Heer:

But “DKB” is right about one thing: even if you are skeptical of the extent to which you can treat those charts as an indicator of trust in Google’s results — as I am — that results page is still pretty poor. The bizarre relationship between Google and marketers often means the first page is full of display ads and results that are effectively ads.

Kevin Roose:

The evolution of Reddit from nerd water cooler to toxic sludge pit to “only website left with usefully indexed user-generated content” is one of the weirder tech stories of the last decade.

Previously:

Update (2022-03-23): Abhinav Sharma (via Hacker News):

There’s been a lot of complaining about Google’s search results lately, especially when it comes to high-stakes subjective queries. But no viable competitor has emerged despite many new search engines launching lately.

At least nothing good enough that people are excitedly sharing “Hey, have you tried X lately, it’s way better than Google.” What follows is an effort to explain what’s going on and a pitch for an open-source project I’ve been working on that tries to solve the problem in a new way.

6 Comments

Alexander Browne

I had used DDG instead of Google for a few years, but I switched to search.brave.com a few months ago and actually prefer it over Google most of the time.

I'm pretty happy with ecosia.org. Search results are federated from Bing and it motivates me seeing my tree counter go up over time.

Other things I've seen listed as "The second biggest search engine"
* YouTube
* The App store

I think context matters a lot. Heck, Marginalia is brilliant for deep geek stuff, but it's not what I'd bring to a deserted island.

I use Bing too, but often I still need to search for reddit results via Bing. There is just so much junk out there.

Why Bing rather than DuckDuckGo, given that Bing is the DDG backend?

+1 to Brave Search, which seems like it has better results to some test searches than the Bing backend.

It may be a corner case but too bad there is really no alternative for Google Scholar (farewell Microsoft Academic Search), although at least Google Scholar exsits.

@Sean The Bing results pages seem to work better for me than DuckDuckGo’s. I should probably try Brave Search.

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