Over a year ago I was complaining to a Gen Y digital & social media digital marketing dude that Google doesn’t work how it used to.
I like to use specially chosen words to shape the exact sentence structure that I’m searching for. It worked perfectly for a decade – i was known as a Google queen (or just a know-it-all).
But nowdays Google tries to second guess me, and brings back results that I don’t want. It drives me mad.
This particular web 2.0 expert had no idea what I was talking about and confidently assured me that Google hasn’t “changed” and doesn’t search any differently.
I argued black and blue to the contrary but couldn’t think of a good example and couldn’t prove that old Google is different to new Google.
Yesterday I wanted to find something along the lines of “Islam instructs its adherents to be hospitable to travelling strangers.” So I googled “Islam hospitable” – and this came up:
HospitaLITY? IslamIC hospitaL? WTF, is Google stupid?
If I’d wanted any of those words to come up, I’d have typed them in. Why does Google have to assume I’ve made a typo or I don’t know what I’m looking for?
See? THIS is how a search engine should work.
After AltaVista shuts down… which search engine can I use to bring back organic results like this?